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Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain Sufi Musician in Pakistan

Thousands of Pakistanis on Thursday thronged the streets of Karachi to attend the funeral of one of the country's best known Sufi musicians, who was gunned down a day earlier in what police called an "act of terror."

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Italian Court Sets Gay Adoption Precedent

Italy's highest court has allowed a lesbian to adopt the daughter of her partner in a landmark ruling a month after a law on gay civil unions was passed without any such provisions.

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Pre-Dawn Koran Readings Stoke Fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Before dawn in Istanbul, in the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. A turbaned Turkish cleric kneels on a prayer carpet and prepares to recite verses from the Koran.

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In Cairo, Heat and Long Days Test Ramadan Faithful

Pushing his cart through the teeming Egyptian capital, 71-year-old Cairo street sweeper Abdallah Mohamed says nothing can stop him from fasting during Ramadan.

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Google Formation by Israel Air Force Draws Ire

Israel's military said Wednesday it was looking into why soldiers at an air force base were ordered to line up in a formation spelling out the word Google for a visit by the company's top gun.

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Russian Raids Target Church of Scientology

Russia's security service said Tuesday it had raided over a dozen locations linked to the Church of Scientology in the latest step of a long-running battle between authorities and the U.S.-based organization.

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Armani Urges Trendsetter Britain to Stay in EU

Giorgio Armani has urged Britain to stay in the European Union, warning that the bloc would be worse off without England's influence on fashion and design.

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Yulin Dog Meat Festival Draws Crowds despite Controversy

Crowds flocked to China's most notorious dog meat festival to buy butchered canines as it opened Tuesday, activists on the scene said, as the annual slaughter proceeded despite international outrage.

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Tambourine in Hand, a Christian Wakes up Acre's Muslims for Ramadan

Michel Ayoub's holy racket begins each day at 2:00 am, when he steps into the cobbled streets of Acre's old city with tambourine in hand, awakening Muslims for Ramadan.

His role as the city's "mesaharati" is a traditional one during the sacred fasting month, but Ayoub is by no means a traditional holder of the position: He is Christian.

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Erdogan Shares Ramadan Dinner with Turkish Trans Star

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared a Ramadan dinner with Turkey's best-known transgender celebrity hours after riot police broke up an LGBT rally in Istanbul, pictures distributed by his office on Monday showed.

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