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MINA: Muslims in most countries of the Middle East and North Africa celebrated the start of Eidul Azha on Saturday as about two million pilgrims took part in one of the last rites of Haj here in Saudi Arabia. Eid will be celebrated in Iraq, Indonesia and many other countries on Sunday. Most Pakistanis will...

LAST week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a stage with actor Hugh Jackman in New York’s Central Park at the Global Citizen Festival concert. Breaking from his usual practise of speaking in Hindi, Modi spoke in English for seven minutes largely about the importance of sanitation and cleanliness. In fact, his frequent calls for India to provide all its people...

MOUNT ARAFAT: In his annual Haj sermon on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s top religious figure termed the extremist Islamic State militants as Khawarijites and the enemies of humanity. Addressing millions of Muslims from around the world gathered in Makkah for the Haj, the Grand Mufti of the Ka’aba Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said that conspiracies were being hatched against...

WASHINGTON: Former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has denounced the White House in a new memoir, accusing President Barack Obama’s top aides of undercutting efforts to secure a deal in 2011 that could have kept US troops in Iraq. Retaining a small US force would have helped contain sectarian violence and prevented the conditions that helped open the door to the onslaught...

MECCA: Hundreds of thousands of Muslims began a mass movement Thursday out of the holy city of Mecca towards nearby Mina in western Saudi Arabia, at the launch of the annual hajj pilgrimage. A pillar of the Islamic faith, this year’s hajj comes with Saudi authorities striving to protect pilgrims from two deadly viruses, Ebola and the MERS coronavirus. It is also...

BAGHDAD: The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since...

MAKKAH: As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where...

KABUL: Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani. National security adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham signed the bilateral security agreement in a televised ceremony...

WASHINGTON: Once shunned by the United States, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of enthusiasm and popular support Monday to the White House, where he has kicked off a two-day visit with President Barack Obama. The two leaders sought to put a brave face on the relationship despite widespread concerns that US-Indian ties have frayed in recent years. Modi’s...

KABUL: Afghan villagers hanged four Taliban fighters from a tree after hundreds of militants launched a major offensive, officials said on Saturday, as security forces fought to recapture ground in the eastern province of Ghazni. About 100 policemen, soldiers and civilians have been killed in clashes over the past week, with the Taliban beheading 12 of the victims, according...

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