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Bid to Quieten Muslim Call to Prayer Amplifies Israeli-Palestinian Tensions

It is 4:30 am and Mufeed Shawana is rushing to al-Aqsa Mosque, as the first Muslim call to prayer of the day rings out across the Old City of east Jerusalem.

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New Israeli Army Chief Rabbi Told to Clarify Remarks

Israel's top court on Monday said the army's incoming chief rabbi could not be appointed until he explained homophobic and misogynistic remarks, including seemingly justifying raping gentile women in war.

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Turkey Blasts Israeli Mosque Prayer Call Bill as 'Insult'

Turkey on Monday denounced as "unacceptable" and an "insult" a bill being discussed in the Israeli parliament to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques.

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Turkey Says Open to Changes on Child Sex Conviction Bill

The Turkish government said on Monday it was open to changes proposed by the opposition to a controversial bill that could overturn the convictions of thousands of male sex offenders, after a huge public backlash.

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Pope Makes Permanent Priests' Temporary Ability to Pardon Abortion

Pope Francis, making permanent a temporary measure put in place for the Vatican's jubilee year, declared Monday that all priests would have the right to forgive abortion.

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Women Increasingly Join the Fight in Israel's Army

Her face covered in mud, 18-year-old Smadar crawls beneath thorny brush, her automatic rifle around her neck.

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Rowdy Balls Top Tinder for Love in Australia's Outback

Pick-up trucks, cowboy boots and a 24-hour booze-fueled party in the Outback: welcome to modern-day dating in Australia's bush, where swiping right is not an option.

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Pope Shuts Holy Door after Jubilee of Hope for Sinners

Pope Francis on Sunday brought to a close the Catholic Church's "Year of Mercy," shutting the Holy Door at Saint Peter's after a year in which he raised Mother Teresa to sainthood and took in Syrian Muslim refugees.

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Pope Creates 17 Cardinals, 'Princes of the Church'

Pope Francis will create 17 new cardinals from across the globe Saturday in a time-honoured ceremony, elevating them to an elite body that advises and elects popes. 

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Watch Your Self-ie! India Tops Ranking for Selfie Deaths

Next time you're at the Taj Mahal, find yourself standing on a precarious cliff or see an approaching train, maybe just enjoy the moment rather than trying to capture the perfect selfie.

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