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Actor and director Ben Affleck. ©REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Ben Affleck defends Muslims on US TV talk show

Ben Affleck has delivered a spirited defense of Muslims worldwide on a TV talk show hosted by a fellow liberal with little time for the Islamic faith.

Ben Affleck defends Muslims on US TV talk show
Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj
Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj

Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev © akorda.kz
Nursultan Nazarbayev congratules Kazakhstanis on Kurban Ait holiday

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the Kurban Ait holiday.

Nursultan Nazarbayev congratules Kazakhstanis on Kurban Ait holiday
Ebola casts heavy shadow over Sierra Leone's Eid celebrations
Ebola casts heavy shadow over Sierra Leone's Eid celebrations

Don't pray too close to each other, observe strict hygiene rules and don't shake the imam's hand. For Muslims in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone, this was an Eid festival.

Ebola casts heavy shadow over Sierra Leone's Eid celebrations
Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj
Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj

Tears flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage by almost two million believers from around the world reached its zenith.

Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj
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Islamic State poses serious threat to Kazakhstan: Satpayev

Well-known Kazakh political scientists Dosym Satpayev advises not to downplay the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists.

Islamic State poses serious threat to Kazakhstan: Satpayev
Ebola screening for Nigeria's Mecca-bound pilgrims
Ebola screening for Nigeria's Mecca-bound pilgrims

With some 76,000 Nigerian Muslims expected at the hajj in Saudi Arabia, organisation was always going to be a major logistical undertaking.

Ebola screening for Nigeria's Mecca-bound pilgrims
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Consumer Rights fight against fake-halal goods in Kazakhstan

Consumer Rights Protection Agency continues battling with fake-halal goods.

Consumer Rights fight against fake-halal goods in Kazakhstan
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25 in Indonesia dead in Eid boat sinkings

At least 25 people in Indonesia, including six children, have died and 13 are missing in two separate boat sinkings, officials said, as millions travel across the country for the Eid holiday season.

25 in Indonesia dead in Eid boat sinkings
Uighur people in Shanghai. ©Reuters/Aly Song
Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties in China clash

A clash in Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead or wounded, an exile group said Wednesday after what authorities called a "terror attack" on a police station and township.

Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties in China clash
Cambodia court begins genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders
Cambodia court begins genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders

Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court began a second trial of two former regime leaders on charges including genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape.

Cambodia court begins genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS
Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstanis on Eid al-Fitr

Nursultan Nazarbayev has congratulated the citizens of Kazakhstan on Eid al-Fitr.

Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstanis on Eid al-Fitr
Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday
Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Monday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring states.

Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday
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Chain of halal shops may open in Astana

A chain of specialized halal shops may soon open in every neighborhood of Astana.

Chain of halal shops may open in Astana
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Muslim rebel attacks kill 18 in Philippines: military

An escalation of fighting between the Philippine army and a breakaway Muslim rebel group in the country's south killed 18 people in a single day of violence, the military said.

Muslim rebel attacks kill 18 in Philippines: military
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Children's Quran recital competition at Almaty Mosque

The Central Mosque Almaty has announced a Quran recital competition among children.

Children's Quran recital competition at Almaty Mosque
Sri Lanka delays digging up suspected Muslim mass grave
Sri Lanka delays digging up suspected Muslim mass grave

A magistrate has postponed Tuesday's scheduled start of an operation to exhume a suspected mass war grave on Sri Lanka's east coast after police said they needed more preparation time, an official said.

Sri Lanka delays digging up suspected Muslim mass grave
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Man shot dead in Thailand mosque attack: police

Gunmen opened fire at a mosque in insurgency-hit southern Thailand, killing one man and injuring another a day after Muslims began observing the holy month of Ramadan, police said.

Man shot dead in Thailand mosque attack: police
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Saudi to mark Ramadan from Sunday

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, the state-run Al-Ekhbariya television channel reported.

Saudi to mark Ramadan from Sunday
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag. Photo courtesy of theafricom.com
Death-row Sudanese Christian freed but fears for life: lawyer

A Sudanese Christian who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to hang for apostasy was freed Monday but immediately went into hiding, fearing for her life, a lawyer said.

Death-row Sudanese Christian freed but fears for life: lawyer