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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Room with a view: Mecca hotels offer VIP Hajj experience | AFP

Five-star hotels with views of Islam’s holiest site and luxury Hajj pilgrimage packages are attracting a super-wealthy clientele and establishing Mecca as the capital of premium religious tourism.

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Benin offers voodoo prayers for Cup of Nations success | AFP

Benin is known as the birthplace of voodoo in Africa and the religion is still widely practiced in the country alongside Christianity and Islam. Some believe the spirit world is lending a helping hand to the national side as it sets a course for victory in the African Cup of Nations tournament. On Sunday, Dah Gbediga, president of the indigenous religions of Benin, was joined by several other vodunsi practitioners for a “special ceremony to support the Squirrels,” as the national squad are nicknamed.

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Benin offers voodoo prayers for Cup of Nations success | AFP

Benin is known as the birthplace of voodoo in Africa and the religion is still widely practiced in the country alongside Christianity and Islam. Some believe the spirit world is lending a helping hand to the national side as it sets a course for victory in the African Cup of Nations tournament. On Sunday, Dah Gbediga, president of the indigenous religions of Benin, was joined by several other vodunsi practitioners for a “special ceremony to support the Squirrels,” as the national squad are nicknamed.

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Malaysian children in practice run for Muslim hajj | AFP

Thousands of Malaysian children take part in a practice run of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage, marching around a model of the holy Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred site.

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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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