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  • Afghans Offer Eid Al-Fitr Prayers
    Afghans prayed at Kabul's Shah-e Do Shamshira Mosque on July 28 as they celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The place of worship, whose name translates as Mosque of the King of Two Swords, is located in the center of the Afghan capital, next to the tomb of an Arab commander who died in the 7th century when the Arabs entered Kabul. (Wali Sabawoon, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
  • Moscow's Muslims Join In Eid Al-Fitr Prayers
    Several thousand Muslims gathered on July 28 on the streets of Moscow to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, or Uraza Bayram, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Worshippers congregated in and around the Russian capital's biggest mosque near Peace Avenue. (Mumin Shakirov, RFE/RL's Russian Service)
  • UN Says More Than 1,100 Killed In Ukraine Conflict
    The United Nations says more than 1,100 people have been killed in the Ukrainian conflict since mid-April.
  • Three Killed Over 'Blasphemous' Facebook Post In Pakistan
    A mob has burned down several houses belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in eastern Pakistan, killing a woman and her two granddaughters.
  • Celebrating Vardavar, Armenia's Water Festival
    Armenians celebrated the holiday of Vardavar on July 27, throwing water on one another in the streets of Yerevan. Observed on the 14th Sunday after Easter, the festival is associated with the biblical Transfiguration of Jesus when he appeared before his disciples on Mount Tabor. But the water festival tradition predates Christianity, and was originally a celebration of the pagan deity Astghik, the goddess of water, beauty, love, and fertility. Today, Vardavar is largely an opportunity to...
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