Xinjiang’s wrecked mosques: A tense Ramadan | AFP

Mosques in China’s Xinjiang region once hummed with life but the recent destruction of dozens of them highlights the increasing pressure Uighurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily policed region.

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Thousands pray at India’s largest mosque on Eid | AFP

Thousands of Muslims in the Indian capital Delhi mark Eid-al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, by praying at India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offers Eid prayers | AFP

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offers prayers as Muslims around the world celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. IMAGES

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Foodies and faithful drawn to Ramadan festivals

A middle-of-the-night festival has been staged weekly throughout May in a Detroit suburb and drawn thousands of foodies and faithful alike. (May 31)

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Yemenis apply traditional ‘kohl’ during holy month of Ramadan | AFP

Yemeni men and children line up outside the Great Mosque in Sanaa to have traditional ‘kohl’ applied to their eyes from the ‘Makhala’, an ornate pot made of wood or copper. Applying ‘kohl’ to the eyes is believed to have therapeutic qualities and is one of the Yemeni customs of Ramadan.

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Car drifters put on a show in Tripoli

A group of Libyan car drifters gather in an empty parking lot near Tripoli’s Martyrs Square during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to show off their drifting skills while dozens of spectators attend the nightly car show that typically starts after midnight and ends shortly before Souhour (the last meal before the start of the fast).

The race for first Muslim woman in US Congress

At 44 years old, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan. And now she faces the biggest challenge of her life: asking Massachusetts constituents to make her the first Muslim woman elected into Congress.

Angelina Jolie visits Iraq’s devastated Mosul

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation. The visit marks Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrives in the city on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Waking up the neighbours: Indonesia’s Ramadan alarm clocks

Most children are sound asleep at 2:00 am, but for at least one group of Indonesian kids it is time to wake up the neighbourhood. The motley bunch yell and bang on tambourines and other musical instruments as they roam the quiet streets of their Jakarta district, hoping to stir sleeping residents for a pre-dawn meal, known as Sahur. Millions across the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation are observing a dusk-to-dawn ban on eating, drinking, smoking and sex for the holy month of Ramadan. The morning meal can be crucial to making it through until sunset.