Mass protests in Pakistan over France’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ front cover | AFP

‘Kick Out the French’ and ‘Boycott French products’ are written on signs held by protesters, as protests erupt in Pakistan following the decision of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, the target of a jihadist attack in 2015, to reprint a front cover depicting Allah. Wednesday’s issue featured a dozen cartoons mocking the prophet of Islam, including images that sparked huge protests when first published, to mark the start of the trial this week of alleged accomplices to the 2015 massacre.

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Mass protests in Pakistan over France’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ front cover | AFP

‘Kick Out the French’ and ‘Boycott French products’ are written on signs held by protesters, as protests erupt in Pakistan following the decision of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, the target of a jihadist attack in 2015, to reprint a front cover depicting Allah. Wednesday’s issue featured a dozen cartoons mocking the prophet of Islam, including images that sparked huge protests when first published, to mark the start of the trial this week of alleged accomplices to the 2015 massacre.

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The hajj: then and now | AFP

Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims begin the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.

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The hajj: then and now | AFP

Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims begin the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.

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Saudi Arabia reopens mosques in the holy city of Mecca | AFP

Muslim worshippers pray while respecting social distancing restrictions after Saudi authorities reopened mosques in the holiest city in Islam. Mosques had been closed for three months closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Today in History for June 8th

Highlights of this day in history: Islam’s Prophet Mohammed dies; James Earl Ray caught, wanted for killing civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; Architect Frank Lloyd Wright born; The N.Y. Yankees retire Mickey Mantle’s number. (June 8)

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Michigan mosque official praises peaceful protests

An official with a Michigan mosque says “there is no room in Islam for racism” but he also says vandalism is counterproductive to advancing “the civil rights of minorities in this country.” (June 2)

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Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after two months | AFP

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia – reopens after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Italy probes Islamophobic threats against freed aid worker | AFP

Italian investigators are probing Islamophobic threats against a humanitarian worker who converted to Islam during a kidnapping in Kenya and returned to Italy following her release.

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Several dozen worshippers pray in Mecca for start of ramadan under lockdown | AFP

Several dozen Muslim worshippers pray for the first day of the holy month of ramadan in front of the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in the Grand Mosque of Mecca, amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers du to the novel coronavirus epidemic. IMAGES

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The five pillars of Islam | AFP Animé

From cancelled iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for a bleak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. Videographic on the five pillars of Islam. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus | AFP

Worshippers pray in Mecca as Saudi Arabia suspends visas for visits to Islam’s holiest sites for the “Umrah” pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raises questions over the annual hajj.

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The five pillars of Islam | AFP Animé

Videographic on the five pillars of Islam. Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for visits to Islam’s holiest sites for the “umrah” pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raises questions over the annual hajj. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Islamic leaders gather for summit shunned by Saudi Arabia | AFP

Leaders of Muslim nations, including Saudi rivals Iran, Turkey and Qatar, attend a summit in Kuala Lumpur, which analysts say is aimed at rivalling the OIC, a 57-member pan-Islamic body headquartered in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday mounted a veiled attack on the summit, saying such gatherings would weaken Islam. IMAGES

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March against Islamophobia held in Paris | AFP

In Paris, the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF)organised a march to call a halt to discrimination and aggression against Muslims across the country. It comes just a couple of weeks after two people were seriously wounded during a shooting at a mosque by an alleged far-right extremist. The attack further unsettled France, already engulfed in a sometimes bitter debate about the observance of Islam in the secular country.

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March against Islamophobia held in Paris | AFP

In Paris, the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF)is holding a march to call a halt to discrimination and aggression against Muslims across the country. It comes just a couple of weeks after two people were seriously wounded during a shooting at a mosque by an alleged far-right extremist. The attack further unsettled France, already engulfed in a sometimes bitter debate about the observance of Islam in the secular country. IMAGES

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New doc examines lifting Saudi ban on female drivers

Shahad Alhomaizy drives an Uber. That’s not odd, except that she works for the ridesharing service in Saudi Arabia, a nation that recently changed its longstanding ban on female drivers. Female drivers in the cradle of Islam are the subject of a new HBO documentary. (Oct. 29)

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Far-right surge expected in east German state elections | AFP

Polling stations open in Germany for regional elections in Brandenburg and Saxony where the far-right AfD party could become the leading political force ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right party. Aside from rallying against Islam and asylum-seekers, the AfD has capitalised on resentment about a lingering east-west wealth gap since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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