The Imam Ali shrine, in Najaf, Iraq, is one of the most sacred Shi'a sites.
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The cinematic epic hinges on a very specific, and contentious, interpretation of early Islamic history.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a congressional committee hearing on the withdrawal of American troops Afghanistan.
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This summer’s disintegration of the Afghan government and continuing political turmoil in Iraq provide valuable lessons for the U.S. and its mission to impose democracy on the rest of the world.
A diminished voice in the union?
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Northern Ireland’s Orange Order will take to the streets on July 12 to commemorate a Protestant military victory. A scholar explains why this year the risk of unrest is heightened.
A fire at the site of a peace gate in Belfast during the unrest.
Loyalist groups stand accused of encouraging young people to riot. Research suggests paramilitary groups do continue to wield significant power in certain areas of Northern Ireland.
Anger in Beirut after two explosions on August 4 killed more than 200 people and injured more than 7,000.
How can the international community help Lebanon’s people not its power-sharing regime?
Women have been at the forefront of Lebanon’s anti-government protests.
A power-sharing agreement that shares power between Lebanon’s different sectarian communities is no longer fit for purpose.
Protests in Sahel al-Nour in Tripoli, Lebanon.
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Site of some of the most iconic images from the ongoing protests, Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli is a place of contrasts and extremes.
Why the armed group, Hezbollah, doesn’t want ongoing protests to upset the ruling coalition in Lebanon.
Lebanese protesters formed a 105-mile human chain connecting geographically and religiously diverse cities across the country, Oct. 27. 2019.
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Lebanon’s 1989 peace deal ended a civil war by sharing political power between religious factions. That created a society profoundly divided by religion – something today’s protesters hope to change.
Iraq’s 2005 constitution created a flawed political system built on sectarianism.
The debacle has highlighted the negative image which unionism must lay to rest for good or face extinction.
Brendan Rodgers left Celtic at a crucial point in their campaign to win the ‘treble treble’.
Compared to its English neighbour, Scotland is a much more complex case, and it’s all about history – and money.
Family members of Sunni men and boys in Iraq accused of supporting ISIS hold up pictures of their arrested relatives.
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Iraq beat the Islamic State. Now, its Shia government is jailing and even executing all suspected terrorists – most of them Sunni Muslims. The clampdown may inflame a centuries-old sectarian divide.
The newly nominated secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is a foreign policy hawk who opposes the Iran nuclear deal. Scrapping it could unleash a chain reaction of violence across the Middle East.
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Trump’s pick to lead the State Department believes Iran is ‘intent on destroying America.’ But ending the Iran nuclear deal could unleash a violent chain reaction, a Mideast scholar says.
John and Helen Haynes on their wedding day in 1962. John, a Protestant, was cut out of three wills after marrying Helen, a Catholic.
Marrying across Australia’s Catholic-Protestant divide.
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Until 1970s the Catholic-Protestant divide was deeply entrenched in Australia. On this episode of Trust Me, I'm An Expert, journalism academic Siobhan McHugh shares stories of those who married across it.
What started as an anti-Catholic sectarian celebration is now a harmless festival to provide light and warmth on a winter’s night.
Read it and weep: the constitution in draft form, 2005.
A decade and a half after it was invaded in the name of spreading democracy, Iraq turns out to have been set up to fail.
Recent attacks on Coptic churches represent a step-up from the sectarian violence of the past few decades.
The effort to take back IS’s biggest prize in Iraq has begun at last. But there’s no shortage of other problems to deal with.
Tributes left to murdered Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah.
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Two murders in 2016 shine a spotlight on divisions within British Muslim communities.