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The EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Federica Mogherini,  has reiterated the EU’s opposition to the death penalty “in all circumstances” and expressed her concern at the risk of sectarian violence escalating in the Muslim world.  File photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The European Union has urged regional powers in the Middle East to “act responsibly” amid mounting concerns over the escalation of tensions in the reg(...)

An Iraqi man holds a portrait of Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against his execution by Saudi authorities in Baghdad on Sunday. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr could escalate tensions in the Muslim world even further. In the Shia theocracy Iran, the(...)

Muslim pilgrims moving toward the Jamarat stations to symbolically stone the devil in Mina, Mecca. More than 700 people were killed in a crush at a crossroads. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

Iran has vowed to take international legal action against Saudi Arabia’s rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year’s hajj, which killed(...)

Iranian women chant slogans at an anti-Saudi protest rally: they were among thousands of worshippers have marched in Tehran after Friday prayers to denounce the “incompetency” of Saudi Arabia’s handling the hajj. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

The human crush that killed more than 700 pilgrims near Mecca echoed across the Muslim world on Friday as countries from Africa, Asia and Europe claim(...)

Saudi emergency personnel carry an injured  pilgim after a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Getty Images

Every year, millions of Muslims converge on the Saudi holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the annual hajj pilgrimage, with the massive ceremonies repr(...)

Flake, from Old English flakka, for ‘flat, level, particle’

Be glad for our Muslims friends, neighbours and fellow citizens. Ramadan ended at the weekend. Their 30 days of fasting and prayer between sunrise (...)

Islamic State militants carry plastic containers full of explosives as they prepare to blow up mausoleums in the historic town of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: the website of Islamic State militants via AP

Islamic State fighters have mined with explosives the Graeco-Roman ruins of Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old Unesco world heritage site, according to Syria’s(...)

Undated photographs of  Zohra Dawood (left) with her children Nurah Binte Zubair (centre) and Haafiyah Binte Zubair (right) who are believed to have travelled to Syria. Photograph: Khan Solicitors/PA

British police said on Tuesday they were hunting for three sisters and their nine children whose family fear they may have travelled to Syria to join(...)

French president Francois Hollande (left) and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (right) pose with Saudi King Salman before a dinner at the Royal Palace in Riyadh. Photograph: Getty Images

France is in talks to agree billions of euros worth of contracts in Saudi Arabia that could be finalised “quickly”, ranging from the defence sector to(...)

Craftsmen were busy in 1868 constructing a pair of villas: Somerton and Medina on Terenure Road West. Medina is immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulyss(...)

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