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Canberra's Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with prayer, celebrations

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Canberra's Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with prayer, celebrations

- Children opened presents and friends met throughout Canberra as the city's Muslim community celebrated the end of a month of fasting on Sunday. Eid al-Fitr is one of Islam's two most significant days each year and celebrates the end of Ramadan, when Muslims go without food and drink between dawn and dusk. Muslims came together at Canberra's Exhibition Park, the Canberra Mosque in Yarralumla and the Canberra Islamic Centre in Monash on Sunday morning to pray before spending the rest of the day with friends and family exchanging the holiday greeting, 'Eid Mubarak!'

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Manny Pacquiao prays at Brisbane church ahead of Jeff Horn bout

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Manny Pacquiao prays at Brisbane church ahead of Jeff Horn bout

- Manny Pacquiao attended a church service in Brisbane on Sunday morning but is confident he won't need any help from above to knock out his first opponent in eight years. The Filipino boxing legend touched down in Queensland late on Saturday night ahead of his blockbuster against Jeff Horn next Sunday and after a good night's rest, immediately sought out an appropriate place of worship in the city's southern suburbs

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Catholic Church in Spain accuses Qatar of meddling at historic mosque site

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Catholic Church in Spain accuses Qatar of meddling at historic mosque site

- Barcelona: A battle over the ownership of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba has erupted in bitter accusations of Qatari meddling and Church greed as a special commission last week began to investigate who owns the World Heritage site. A unique architectural symbol of the meeting of East and West, the UNESCO landmark has for years been at the centre of a fierce ownership battle, pitting the Catholic Church against an alliance of Muslim groups, secularists and regional officials who insist it should belong to the people

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Australia Joins Philippines’ Fight Against Islamic State-Linked Militants

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Australia Joins Philippines’ Fight Against Islamic State-Linked Militants

- June 23, 2017 7:06 a.m. ET Australia is sending patrol planes to the Philippines—where it has long deferred to the U.S. on security issues—as it takes a more assertive role against terror threats in Southeast Asia. Two Australian P-3 Orion aircraft will support Philippine troops fighting the Muslim-extremist Maute group on the southern island of Mindanao, Defense Minister Marise Payne said Friday

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'Relax and enjoy some pasta': Pastafarian takes on Jesus bikes in Melbourne CBD

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'Relax and enjoy some pasta': Pastafarian takes on Jesus bikes in Melbourne CBD

- What do you do when you don't like the messages someone is cooking up? If you're John McKenzie, aka IG McSporren, you try to put a major al dente in their operations. The 50-year-old Pastafarian from Prahran has taken it upon himself to "happify" the mysterious Jesus bikes that keep popping up across Melbourne's CBD. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster follower has spent the past week or so in his colander headgear pasting over the Christian sermons welded on to the bikes with his own satirical messages

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British Muslims call for protection after van attack near Finsbury Park mosque

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British Muslims call for protection after van attack near Finsbury Park mosque

- London: British Muslims have asked for police protection of their places of worship after a man drove a van into a crowd near a north London mosque, leaving 10 people injured, several seriously. One man died at the scene, though it was too early to say if he had died as a result of the attack, police said. They said the attack "had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident" and they were investigating it as such

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Finsbury Park: Theresa May visits mosque after van terror attack in London

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Finsbury Park: Theresa May visits mosque after van terror attack in London

- British Prime Minister Theresa May has visited the Finsbury mosque in London where worshippers were attending prayers before being the targets of a terrorist attack. Key points: Theresa May said attack just was "as sickening" as the ones before Witnesses said the attacker shouted "kill all Muslims" Police said the attacker was not previously known for extremism One man has been confirmed dead and 10 others were injured when a van ploughed into a crowd of people near a London mosque just after midnight on Monday local time, as worshippers were leaving following Ramadan prayers

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Christian lobby FamilyVoice moves to stop mentally ill from attending church services

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Christian lobby FamilyVoice moves to stop mentally ill from attending church services

- A national Christian group is lobbying for the Disability Discrimination Act to be changed so that it can discriminate against people with mental illnesses, on the basis they could upset the "sacred" nature of church services. FamilyVoice has called for a religious exemption to the Act, arguing it interferes with freedom of religion. In a submission to a federal parliamentary inquiry on freedom of belief, FamilyVoice said a person with a mental illness had the potential to interfere with a church service

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Christians and Muslims worship together during Ramadan

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Christians and Muslims worship together during Ramadan

- Christians and Muslims find common ground as Perth church hosts Ramadan Imam Faizel Chothia will often sit in on his good friend Reverend Peter Humphries' Sunday service at St Paul's Anglican Church in Beaconsfield in Perth's south. The church has been opening its doors to local Muslims as a place to conduct their Friday prayers for almost six years. This year the church hosted Ramadan on every Friday of the holy month, in what is thought to be the first time in Australia Muslims and Christians spent the sacred time side by side

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Pauline Hanson's anti-Islam post in wake of London attack slammed by Bill Shorten

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Pauline Hanson's anti-Islam post in wake of London attack slammed by Bill Shorten

- Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has lashed out at Pauline Hanson after the One Nation leader used the London attacks to renew her call to stop Muslims from immigrating to Australia. Senator Hanson took to social media in the immediate aftermath of the attack to say "stop Islamic immigration before it is too late". It was accompanied by a graphic mimicking the "Run, Hide, Tell" emergency message released by British police earlier in the day

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Fears that Coptic Christians facing deportation to Egypt will face Islamic State

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Fears that Coptic Christians facing deportation to Egypt will face Islamic State

- The Federal Government has been told that if it deports a group of Coptic Christians to Egypt they will face attacks and potential murder by so-called Islamic State. Key points: Pressure to protect 80 Coptic Christians coming from Labor, ACL, Coptic Bishop There have been several deadly terrorist attacks on the Copts in Egypt Labor has written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton urging him to reconsider Eighty Coptic Christians are set to be deported because their asylum claims have failed

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US State Department not expected to hold a Ramadan reception

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US State Department not expected to hold a Ramadan reception

- The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on Saturday, but in a break with almost two decades of tradition, the State Department still has not decided whether to mark it with a reception. State Department officials said Sunday that they are "exploring" options to observe Ramadan with an iftar dinner or a reception around Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan's month of day-long fasting

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'We've got 20,000 arriving tomorrow': Former pastor back selling fidget spinners

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'We've got 20,000 arriving tomorrow': Former pastor back selling fidget spinners

- You used to find Pastor Christine Thomson down in Tuggeranong, surrounded by her congregation. But today you'll find her in the Canberra Centre, surrounded by frenzied kids and parents desperate to get their hands on a fidget spinner. Ms Thomson, who was the pastor at Erindale Christian Centre between 2001 and 2003, is back in Canberra from her home on the Gold Coast capitalising on the global toy frenzy that is the fidget spinner

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'Naughty' Pope pours cold water on talk of Virgin Mary appearing in Bosnia

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'Naughty' Pope pours cold water on talk of Virgin Mary appearing in Bosnia

- Pope Francis has effectively dismissed reports of continuing apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the Medjugorje shrine in southern Bosnia, saying the visions "don't have much value" even if the shrine itself has helped Catholics find God. Francis provided the first ever details about the contentious process that has been under way for years to determine whether the Catholic Church should describe the Medjugorje visions as authentic

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Police crack down on anti-Muslim radicals in Myanmar after mob violence

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Police crack down on anti-Muslim radicals in Myanmar after mob violence

- Bangkok: Police in Myanmar have moved to arrest ultra-nationalists backed by Buddhist monks amid a resurgence of mob violence aimed at the country's Muslim minority. While international attention has focussed on atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in western Rakhine State, attacks on Muslims in other parts of the country, including the former capital, Yangon, point to a resurgence of wider anti-Muslim vehemence 13 months after the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi took office

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Russian on suspended jail sentence for playing Pokemon Go in church

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Russian on suspended jail sentence for playing Pokemon Go in church

- Pokemon Go user found guilty of inciting religious hatred after playing game in Russian church A man has been found guilty of inciting religious hatred after playing interactive smartphone game Pokemon Go inside a Russian Orthodox church. Blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, posted a video on YouTube last year, using strong language to mock Christianity and likening Jesus Christ to a Pokemon character

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  • Catholic Church in Spain accuses Qatar of meddling at historic mosque site
    Catholic Church in Spain accuses Qatar of meddling at historic mosque site

    , smh.com.au

    Barcelona: A battle over the ownership of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba has erupted in bitter accusations of Qatari meddling and Church greed as a special commission last week began to investigate who owns the World Heritage site. A unique architectural symbol of the meeting of East and West, the UNESCO landmark has for years been at the centre of a fierce ownership battle, pitting the Catholic Church against an alliance of Muslim groups, secularists and regional officials who insist it should belong to the people

     

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  • Catholic Church in Spain accuses Qatar of meddling at historic mosque site
    Catholic Church in Spain accuses Qatar of meddling at historic mosque site

    , smh.com.au

    Barcelona: A battle over the ownership of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba has erupted in bitter accusations of Qatari meddling and Church greed as a special commission last week began to investigate who owns the World Heritage site. A unique architectural symbol of the meeting of East and West, the UNESCO landmark has for years been at the centre of a fierce ownership battle, pitting the Catholic Church against an alliance of Muslim groups, secularists and regional officials who insist it should belong to the people

     

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