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Tunisian Historian and Islam Expert Talbi Dead at 95

Mohamed Talbi, a prominent Tunisian academic and specialist on Islam, died early Monday aged 95, the country's culture ministry said.

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Russia Detains Protesters against Chechnya Anti-Gay Violence

Russian police on Monday detained young activists protesting against the persecution of gay men in Chechnya at a May Day parade in Saint Petersburg, an AFP photographer witnessed. 

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Eight Men Face Jail over Gay Party in Indonesia

Indonesian police have arrested eight men for allegedly holding a "gay party" in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, police said Monday.

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Morocco's Christian Population: Small but Growing

Most of the 20,000 or so Christians in Morocco hail from sub-Saharan Africa, forming a tiny minority in the country's overwhelmingly Muslim population of 34 million.

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Rap, a Universal Language, in Service of Endangered Ones

Rap has been called a universal language -- but it can also be a tool to preserve languages at risk.

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Global Press Freedom at 13-Year Low

Global press freedom has hit a 13-year low, threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump's media bashing and restrictions pursued by both democratic and authoritarian governments, a watchdog said Friday.

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In Muslim Indonesia, Tiny Jewish Community Lives On

In a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago, a modest synagogue stands in a tiny Jewish community that has found acceptance despite rising intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

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Saudi Wins Top Arab Fiction Award

A Saudi novelist has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, becoming the third author in 10 years from the kingdom to grab the Arab world's most prestigious literary award.

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Israel Appoints Its First Female Sharia Judge

Israel appointed its first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system on Tuesday, officials said, a move hailed as historic.

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Ivanka Forced to Defend Trump at Women's Summit

Ivanka Trump, making her overseas debut as the U.S. "First Daughter" at a women's summit in Berlin on Tuesday, was forced to defend her father's attitude towards women.

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