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Rahul a ‘migrant leader’, rejected by Amethi, taken shelter in Kerala, says BJP’s Prahlad Joshi
Politics

Rahul a ‘migrant leader’, rejected by Amethi, taken shelter in Kerala, says BJP’s Prahlad Joshi

Joshi, BJP's election in-charge for Kerala, challenged Rahul to clarify his position on the Sabarimala issue, claiming that the Congress' national and state leadership have taken two different stands on the matter

Turkey, Greece exchange harsh words after first Islamic prayers in Hagia Sophia in nine decades
World

Turkey, Greece exchange harsh words after first Islamic prayers in Hagia Sophia in nine decades

Hagia Sophia was previously a museum and most Greeks view it as central to their Orthodox Christian religion: church bells tolled in mourning across Greece on Friday

Thousands participate in first Muslim prayers at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 86 years
World

Thousands participate in first Muslim prayers at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 86 years

The landmark served as one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, a mosque and a museum before its conversion back into a mosque by a high court in Turkey this year

Factbox: How Hagia Sophia's status changed over centuries of history
World

Factbox: How Hagia Sophia's status changed over centuries of history

Friday paryers were held in Istanbul's Hagia Sophia for the first time since President Tayyip Erdogan declared the building a mosque once again

Turkey appoints three imams, including professor, for Hagia Sophia ahead of prayers in Istanbul landmark
World

Turkey appoints three imams, including professor, for Hagia Sophia ahead of prayers in Istanbul landmark

A Turkish high court recently ruled that the Hagia Sophia had been illegally made into a museum more than eight decades ago.

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum declared a mosque after Turkish court ruling; EU calls decision 'regrettable'
World

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum declared a mosque after Turkish court ruling; EU calls decision 'regrettable'

The court ruling came despite international warnings not to change the status of the nearly 1,500-year-old monument that is revered by Christians and Muslims alike.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan revives talk of turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque again, to international dismay
World

Recep Tayyip Erdogan revives talk of turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque again, to international dismay

Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest and architecturally one of the most impressive cathedrals in the world, commands pride of place on the historical peninsula

Quran readings at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia stoke fears in Greece, Turkey
Life

Quran readings at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia stoke fears in Greece, Turkey

A masterpiece of architecture, the Hagia Sophia was first built as a church in the sixth century in the Christian Byzantine Empire.