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August 30, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber slipped into a crowd of mourners at a funeral in northern Afghanistan on Friday morning, waited until the district governor and two of his bodyguards were leaving the mosque, and detonated his vest, killing eight people and wounding 16, officials said. The attack, the latest incident in a particularly bloody week, succeeded in killing Sheikh Sadruddin Saadi, the governor of the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province and the apparent target, said Mohammad Khalil Andarabi, the provincial police chief.
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August 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The toll from a pair of explosions outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday has risen to at least 29 with hundreds wounded, authorities said. The explosions appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks that have stunned Lebanon and stoked sectarian strife in the small but strategically situated Middle East nation, which endured a ruinous 15-year civil war that ended in 1990.  Tripoli has seen numerous outbreaks of violence since civil war ignited in neighboring Syria two years ago. Gun battles between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the coastal city have cost dozens of lives.
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August 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- A pair of apparent car bombs exploded outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least a dozen people and injuring scores, authorities said. Local news accounts said the death toll was at least 27, with more than 300 wounded, and blamed the attacks on car bombs detonated on a day when worshipers gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Video from the scenes showed cars ablaze and people running through the streets in panic.
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August 17, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO -- Clerics from Egypt's top religious institution attempted to end a siege Saturday at a Cairo mosque, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters hunkered inside as mobs cursed them from the streets amid the rattle of automatic weapons fire. Clerics from Al Azhar, Sunni Islam's most revered university, hurried through tear gas and entered Al Fatih mosque in Ramses Square. Police fired into the air to push back crowds at the entrance as military officers and the clerics tried to negotiate an end to the clash.
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August 17, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO - The siege at a Cairo mosque Saturday highlighted the specter of Egypt spiraling into civil strife and factional bloodshed among the army, Islamists and bands of vigilantes who are emerging as a dangerous third force in the nation's turmoil. That troubling prospect was evident even as imams from Egypt's top religious institution late in the day succeeded in ending the standoff at Al Fatih mosque, where hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and anti-military protesters had hunkered as mobs cursed them from the streets amid the rattle of automatic weapons fire.
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August 17, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO -- The siege of a mosque in Ramses Square, where more than 1,000 protesters have been holed up since Friday night, continued Saturday morning even after police broke down the front door and fired tear gas inside. Overnight, one woman in her 30s died after she suffocated from the tear gas, said Dr. Ibrahim Al Yamani, who is in charge of documenting the casualties inside. Those injured and killed in Friday's bloody protest against Egypt's military rule had been taken to Fatih mosque.
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August 16, 2013 | Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO - When the bodies began arriving, doctors cordoned off a small corner for the dead. But those killed in protests Friday quickly filled the space, and soon the entire left side of the Fatih mosque's prayer area was lined with corpses. "Martyr! Martyr!" yelled men, some of them crying, as they carried in another body. Amid the pandemonium, someone made the call for afternoon prayers, and another body was brought in. There was no time to pray. Wednesday was the deadliest day in Egypt's ongoing unrest, and many of those who came out in protest after midday prayers Friday said they were doing so because of the bloodshed earlier in the week.
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August 16, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO -- The military and police have surrounded a mosque where those injured and killed in the Ramses Square protests were taken, those inside the mosque say. Almost 2,000 people were still inside the Fatih mosque when the authorities surrounded it about midnight Friday, said Dr. Ibrahim Al Yamani, who was in charge of documenting the casualties. They included women, children and dozens of injured. Four of the bodies were also still inside, he said. Using a loudspeaker, one of the security forces told them the women and children could be evacuated and then all the men would be arrested, Al Yamani said.
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August 1, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO - Generators hummed, laundry billowed, men fortified barricades, and boys - one with a gas mask dangling from his neck - played soccer amid escalating calls by Egyptian security forces to break up the sit-in at the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque. Prayer rugs unfurled in the rising heat Thursday as men dripped with sweat and prayed. Doctors stacked medical supplies, and Mona Abdelaal, three children at her side, vowed that her family was willing to die if former President Mohamed Morsi, deposed in a coup last month, was not returned to office.
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July 30, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - A pair of slender minarets and the silver dome of the Khalid bin Walid mosque arise like a fairy castle from a foreground of rubble in the Old City of this war-ravaged city, dubbed the "birthplace of the revolution" by antigovernment activists. "Khalid bin Walid is the protector of us, after God," said a city resident, referring to the revered figure in Islam who is the mosque's namesake. "We hope to be able to pray there soon," the man, who goes by the nickname Abu Farhan, said as he emerged Tuesday from his building in the Ghouta district.
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