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Saudi cleric condemns inter-Muslim conflict ahead of pilgrimage

Saudi cleric condemns inter-Muslim conflict ahead of pilgrimageBy Mahmoud Mourad MECCA (Reuters) – The imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque denounced those who “cause conflict among Muslims” in his last Friday sermon before the annual haj pilgrimage, as rifts widen among Gulf neighbors and wars rage across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, which hosts and supervises the haj, has with other Arab governments imposed sanctions on Qatar and cut all transport links with the country in recent months, accusing it of supporting Iran and backing Islamist terrorism – charges Doha denies. Relations between Shi’ite Muslim-led Iran and predominately Sunni Saudi Arabia are at their worst in years, with each accusing the other of subverting regional security and supporting opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.



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ISIS Chief Cleric Killed By US-Led Coalition Forces In Syria

ISIS Chief Cleric Killed By US-Led Coalition Forces In SyriaTurki al-Binali was a close confidant of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and had a central role in provoking terrorist attacks around the world,said Combined Joint Task Force.



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Iran cleric says bad driving a sin as 700 die over new year

Iran cleric says bad driving a sin as 700 die over new yearSome 700 people were killed over the Persian new year on roads in Iran, which are among the deadliest in the world despite Islamic leaders declaring bad driving a sin. The two-week break for Nowruz that ended at the weekend actually saw a 12-percent improvement on last year’s death toll, police chief Taghi Mehri said on Tuesday. “Violating traffic laws is a sin, and following these rules is a religious duty,” said Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi last week.



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Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from USWASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States.



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Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon clericBEIRUT (AP) — France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.



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Blind cleric behind 1990s terror plots dies in US prison

Blind cleric behind 1990s terror plots dies in US prisonOmar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 and spiritual guide to a generation of Islamic militants, has died in a federal prison. He was 78.



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