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  • In Pictures Hajj to Mecca

    Muslim pilgrims gather on the Plain of Arafat, outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 15. The Hajj pilgrimage draws 2.5 million visitors each year, making it the largest annual gathering of people in the world.

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  • Support for jihadists in Syria swells as US backing of rebels falls short

    US reluctance to provide weapons and cash to Syrian rebels is increasing the appeal of joining with well-funded and well-armed jihadists, many of them from abroad.

  • Yemenis suspect Iran's hand in rise of Shiite rebels

    The growing influence of Yemen's Houthis, a group of Shiite rebels, has disrupted the long amicable Sunni-Shiite relationship here, with Sunnis suspecting Iranian interference.

  • In Pictures Hajj to Mecca

    Muslim pilgrims gather on the Plain of Arafat, outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 15. The Hajj pilgrimage draws 2.5 million visitors each year, making it the largest annual gathering of people in the world.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 11/11

    Pupils pray near a scale model of the Kaaba which was constructed at Nile Garden school before the upcoming Eid Al-Adha festival in Cairo, Egypt. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid Al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the haj pilgrimage to Mecca by hundreds of millions of Muslims.

  • Walter Rodgers The Muslim myth about Obama: He's in good company

    The bigoted and ignorant allegations that President Obama is a Muslim call to mind slurs against past US presidents. Critics called Lincoln a Catholic and labeled Jefferson an atheist.

  • In Pictures Scenes of Ramadan

    A Palestinian child plays with fireworks on the first day of Ramadan at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Aug. 11. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset.