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Norway Hairdresser Fined for Turning Away Client in Hijab

Norway hit a hairdresser with a roughly 1,000-euro fine on Monday after she was convicted of discrimination for turning away a Muslim client wearing a headscarf.

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Saudi Launches Persian Hajj TV after Tensions with Iran

Saudi Arabia has launched Persian-language television broadcasts from this year's hajj, the information minister said on Sunday, following tensions with Iran over the annual pilgrimage.

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Live Long and Endure: How China's Mao was Preserved

Days after Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong died 40 years ago the problem of what to do with his corpse was becoming increasingly heated -- literally.

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Brexit Flag Battle at Britain's Last Night of the Proms

It was a battle of the flags on British classical music's biggest night Saturday as the Union Jacks usually brandished by the audience were joined by EU standards handed out by Brexit opponents.

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Top Saudi Cleric Will not Deliver Hajj Sermon

Saudi Arabia's top cleric will not be delivering this year's prestigious hajj sermon on Sunday for the first time in more than three decades.

Al-Riyadh newspaper reported Saturday that Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, who has delivered the sermon since 1981, will be replaced by Sheikh Saleh bin Hamid.

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Nearly 1.5 Million People Begin Annual Hajj in Saudi

From Asia, Africa and points in between, nearly 1.5 million Muslims begin the annual hajj in western Saudi Arabia Saturday, undeterred by a stampede which last year killed around 2,300.

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Hajj Pilgrims Get ID Bracelets after Deadly Stampede

Saudi Arabia has begun issuing hajj pilgrims with identification bracelets one year after a stampede killed around 2,300 people.

The bracelets are a reassurance to some pilgrims, though their distribution has been far from systematic ahead of the formal start of the hajj on Saturday.

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Muslims Crowd Mecca ahead of Hajj

Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world had descended Thursday on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year's stampede disaster but with Iranians absent.

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Norway Hairdresser on Trial for Refusing Client in Hijab

A hairdresser went on trial in Norway Thursday for refusing a Muslim client wearing a hijab, in the first case in the country to go to court over the Islamic head covering.

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HRW: Nepal Failing to Curb Child Marriage

Nepal is not doing enough to end child marriage, with more than one in three girls married before they reach the age of 18, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Child marriage is illegal in Nepal, but the law is rarely enforced and a government pledge to end the practice by 2020 was recently delayed to 2030.

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