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August 18, 2017 6:57 PM The Latest: Spanish towns race to put up concrete barriers

The leading newspaper in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region says beach towns are installing concrete barriers on popular pedestrian walkways to try to prevent the kind of attack that saw a van plow through tourists walking on a famed Barcelona promenade. La Vanguardia reported Friday that barriers were installed in the popular Mediterranean tourist 2

August 18, 2017 2:39 PM Roadside bomb kills three soldiers in northern Burkina Faso

A roadside bomb in northern Burkina Faso on Thursday killed three soldiers and wounded two, the military said. They did not say who was behind it, but Islamist militants are waging a sporadic campaign to destabilize the region and the attack followed a shooting spree by suspected jihadists in a popular restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou on Sunday 3

August 18, 2017 2:39 PM Roadside bomb kills 3 soldiers in northern Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - A roadside bomb in northern Burkina Faso on Thursday killed three soldiers and wounded two, the military said. They did not say who was behind it, but Islamist militants are waging a sporadic campaign to destabilise the region and the attack followed a shooting spree by suspected jihadists in a popular restaurant in the capital 2

August 18, 2017 6:02 AM Saudi Arabia reopens border to Qatari pilgrims despite tensions

Qatari hajj pilgrims began crossing into Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh reopened the border in a move that Doha welcomed but saw as "politically motivated" as regional tensions simmer. The Salwa border crossing, a key passage for Muslims on the annual hajj pilgrimage, has been closed since June in a major diplomatic crisis 1

August 17, 2017 12:38 PM Saudi Arabia Reopens Qatar Border for Hajj Pilgrims

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that Qatari pilgrims will be allowed to enter the kingdom by land and would then be flown onward from two Saudi airports in Dammam and al-Ahsa at the king's expense. The king also ordered that aircraft from the country's flagship carrier be dispatched to Qatar's capital, Doha, to fly Qatari pilgrims to the Red Sea city of Jiddah 2

August 17, 2017 7:24 AM Saudi-Qatar border reopened for hajj pilgrims amid rift

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia said Thursday it is reopening its border with Qatar to let pilgrims attend the hajj, marking a breakthrough in a monthslong rift between the two Gulf countries. The official Saudi Press Agency reported that Qatari pilgrims will be allowed to enter the kingdom by land and that pilgrims would then be flown onward from two Saudi 1

August 14, 2017 6:02 PM As Pakistan Marks 70 Years Of Independence, Its Minorities Struggle For Space

As Pakistan Marks 70 Years Of Independence, Its Minorities Struggle For Space People pose in front of Pakistan Independence Day signs in Lahore. The country, created in 1947 as a homeland for South Asia's Muslims, celebrated 70 years of independence on Aug. 14. The children pile into the stadium in shiny clothes, clutching green-and-white Pakistani flags 4

August 14, 2017 6:10 AM 31 Muslim pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

No details released on cause of deaths At least 31 Muslims pilgrims died late Sunday while on the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the official news agency reported. Authorities did not release information about what caused their deaths but the Saudi Press Agency said the victims were all foreign nationals. More than 620,000 pilgrims arrived in the kingdom by Aug.12, the agency 2

August 14, 2017 3:42 AM 70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for home

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Radesh Singh’s grandfather was just 11 years old when he left his village in India’s Punjab province to move to Peshawar, in the far northwest of the country on the border with Afghanistan. The year was 1901: The British ruled the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan wasn’t even a glimmer in the eye of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah 1

August 3, 2017 11:16 PM Muslim pilgrims in Africa start journey to Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2017

Millions of Muslims worldwide are heading to the Islamic holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. The Saudi Arabia government has increased the quota of pilgrims from all the 178 registered countries with 950,000 pilgrims expected to arrive at Jeddah, 750,000 at Madinah and 100,000 by land and sea. Last year, 1,325,372 foreign 6