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Muslim pilgrims rest inside the Grand Mosque, after offering Friday prayers ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimageSaudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom
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Q&A: The hajj pilgrimage and its significance in IslamQ&A: The five-day hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and its significance in Islam
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People walk next to a sports car for sale in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrestFeud over detained American pastor in Turkey overshadows deeper problems in U.S.-Turkish relationship, as well as fate of other detainees
The Associated Press19 hours ago
An oversized copy of a 200 Turkish lira banknote, featuring a photo of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk decorates a currency exchange shop in Istanbul, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkish lira resumes fall after Trump sanctions threatThe Turkish currency is down again, breaking a three-day quiet spell in the country's currency crisis, after the United States threatened to impose new sanctions.
The Associated Press19 hours ago
A man walks out of a currency exchange shop in Istanbul, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Beset by a weak currency and tension with the United States, Turkey is reaching out to Europe in an attempt to shore up relations with major trading partners despite years of testy rhetoric and a stalled bid for EU membership. The overtures by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has harshly criticized Germany and other European nations in the past, are part of a diplomatic campaign to capitalize on international unease over U.S. President Donald Trump and American tariff disputes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The Latest: Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating furtherRatings agency Moody's has downgraded Turkey's credit rating deeper into "junk" status and slapped a "negative" rating on its outlook.
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials sayYemeni officials and a tribal leader say al-Qaida's chief bomb maker behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit was killed months ago by a U.S. drone strike
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Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAEYemen's al-Qaida branch has denied an Associated Press report saying that it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country
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Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza borderGaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire at a protest along the border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire
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Yemeni official says rebels storm WFP warehouse in port cityA Yemeni minister has accused rival Houthi rebels of storming a warehouse used by the World Food Program to store humanitarian aid, in the war-torn Red Sea port city of Hodeida
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Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast SyriaSaudi Arabia says it's contributed $100 million to northeastern Syria for reconstruction in areas once held by IS
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'Most ancient' solid cheese found in dug up Egyptian jarScientists have discovered that a solidified whitish substance in an ancient jar dug up in Egypt is "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found."
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Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaignA prominent Moroccan feminist who campaigns for abortion access and LGBT rights has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order
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Turkish media: higher court also rejects appeal for American pastor's releaseTurkish media: higher court also rejects appeal for American pastor's release
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Iraq says its warplanes hit IS targets in Syria, killing 28Iraq says its F-16s struck Islamic State targets inside Syria, killing at least 28 members of the militant group
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Israeli police again question PM on corruption allegationsIsraeli police again question PM Netanyahu as part of investigations into corruption allegations
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