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A devotee offers prayers to the Sun God after taking a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival in Prayagraj. Friday marks the end of the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Kanwariyas carry holy water of Narmada River as they wait to perform 'jalabhishek' of Lord Shiva at Kailash Dham temple, during the holy month of Shravan, in Jabalpur.

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Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi speaks during an orientation-cum-training programme for Haj 2019 deputationists, at SCOPE Complex in New Delhi.

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Devotees perform rituals near the Ramanathaswamy temple on the occasion of 'Thai Amavasai', in Rameswaram.

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A pilgrim pray at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad.

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Devotees perform "Govardhan Puja" at the ISKCON Temple in Vrindavan near Mathura.

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Women 'Kanwariyas' carry holy water to perform worship of Lord Shiva during the holy month of Shravan, in Jabalpur.

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An Imam delivers a sermon during prayers in one of the designated places permitted for Friday prayers, in Gurgaon. There have been protests in the area demanding that Muslims be disallowed from offering prayers on streets.

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Civil society members leave after meeting with Divisional Commissioner D Suresh seeking a solution in relation to namaz offering in public places in Gurugram.

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People offer flowers at a grave on Shab-e-Barat in Kolkata. Muslims visit ancestral graveyards for the salvation of the souls of the departed and also believe that all sins will be forgiven by praying to Allah throughout the Shab-e Barat night.

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People offer flowers at a grave on Shab-e-Barat in Kolkata. Muslims visit ancestral graveyards for the salvation of the souls of the departed and also believe that all sins will be forgiven by praying to Allah throughout the Shab-e Barat night.

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Lingayats and Veerashaivas clash after the ­minority status announcement

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CM Siddaramaiah meets Lingayat seers in Bangalore

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Muslim devotees raise their hands in prayer as a head priest displays a relic of Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine on Eid-e-Milad, or the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Srinagar.

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Muslim man holds his daughter as head priest displays a relic of Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine on Eid-e-Milad, or the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Srinagar.

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A head priest displays a relic of Prophet Mohammad at the Hazratbal shrine on Eid-e-Milad, or the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Srinagar. Thousands of Muslims gathered at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the prophet.

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Muslim devotees raise their hands in prayer as a head priest displays a relic of Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine on Eid-e-Milad, or the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Srinagar.

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A Haj pilgrim being given a warm send-off by his family members and relatives before his batch left for annual pilgrimage to Mecca shrine, in Bhopal.

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Muslims showering flowers to welcome religious procession and chunari yatra taken out by hindu devotees during Chaitra Navratri festival, in Bhopal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi hands over a Chaadar to be offered at Dargah Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer Sharif to the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi

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Hazratbal Shrine Head cleric displays a Holy Relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed, for the devotees gathered at the shrine in Srinagar on the frst Friday following Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi.

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A Kashmiri devotee prays as a head priest displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, at the Hazratbal shrine on Eid-e-Milad, the birth anniversary of the Prophet, in Srinagar.

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A Muslim girl holds a flag as she participates in a procession to celebrate Eid-e-Milad in Srinagar.

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Muslim shout religious slogans to celebrate the Eid-e-Milad in Srinagar. Hundreds of people gathered along the streets to chant religious slogans during the annual Eid-e-Milad festival.

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Muslims carry a huge religious flag during a procession on Eid-e-Milad festival, marking the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Ahmedabad.

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Muslims participate in a religious procession on Eid-e-Milad festival, marking the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Ahmedabad.

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Girls holding Islamic flags and shouting religious slogans while taking part in an Eid-e-Milaad-un-Nabi (Saw) procession organised to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), in Srinagar.

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Devotee prays as a head priest displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, at the Hazratbal shrine on Eid-e-Milad, the birth anniversary of the Prophet, in Srinagar.

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Muslims take out a procession celebrating Eid-e-Milad, in Hyderabad.

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A devotee prays early morning at the Hazratbal shrine on Eid-e-Milad, the birth anniversary of the Prophet, in Srinagar.

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Muslims take out a procession celebrating Eid-e-Milad, in Hyderabad. Many people gathered along the streets to chant religious slogans during the annual Eid-e-Milad festival marking the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad's birth.

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Muslims take part in a procession on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad, in Karad, Maharashtra.

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A girl puts her shoe on Pakistani flag over a tank that was brought after Indo-Pak war in 1971, during a rally in support of Indian army in Ajmer.

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Young kaanwariyas being checked while entering a mall. Not all are pilgrims these days.

Photograph by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

A woman walks past a row of idols of Ganesha, put on display to be sold ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi in Bangalore

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Cow protection vigilantes beat up two Muslim women at Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur railway station for carrying beef to sell.

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People during a demonstration in support of controversial islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik, in Chennai.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during an Iftar party at old Secretariat in New Delhi.

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Locals surround the body of a Hindu holy man after assailants hacked him to death in Pabna, Bangladesh. Pabna district police chief Alamgir Kabir said that radical Islamists are suspected of carrying out the attack on 60-year-old Nitya Ranjan Pandey while he was taking a walk at dawn near his ashram.

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gives a talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala. The Tibetan leader started a three-day religious discourse for young Tibetans on Wednesday.

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A heavy thunderstorm at the Simhastha Mahakumbh in Ujjain.

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Girls wears a mask of Hanuman as she rides with her relative to take part in a procession to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Hanuman in Hyderabad.

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A Muslim woman stands in a queue among nuns outside polling booths during the third phase of voting to the West Bengal state Assembly elections, in Kolkata.

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Shiv Sena party workers burn the effigy of AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and demand his arrest for refusing to say 'Bharat Mata ke Jai', in Moradabad, UP.

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Peace Party members hold a protest demanding the release of the innocent Muslims from the various jails, in Meerut.

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Members of Christian Forum protest against the March 6 attack on the Khachna Colony church, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

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The broken furniture and musical instruments at the Khachna Colony church which was attacked by some men during a prayer meeting in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

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In Thailand, the royal family, especially the king, is revered above everyone else.The Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya is used to VIPs, but the atmosphere was hushed when Thai princess Bajrakitiyabha dropped in for prayers.

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Muslim Devotees outside the Bhojshala to perform Friday Prayers in Masjid Kamal Maula, in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh.

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Kashmiri Muslims offer prayers on a road outside the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Naqashbandi in Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims congregated at the shrine on the death anniversary of the saint and offered prayers in a three-day festival that concluded Tuesday.

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A Kashmiri Muslim man selling cap outside a closed shop joins devotees praying outside the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Naqashbandi in Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims congregated at the shrine on the death anniversary of the saint and offered prayers in a three-day festival that concluded Tuesday.

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People protest over the remarks by a Hindu Mahasabha Leader on Prophet Muhammad, in Hyderabad and urge Uttar Pradesh government to punish him.

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Jain Devotees perform Maha Mastakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali at Gommatagiri, Mysore.

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Devotees take part in a religious procession at Golden Temple in Amritsar on the eve of 547th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

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A group of Sikhs shout slogans demanding justice for 1984 sikhs riots victims just before Congress party leaders marched to the Presidential Palace, in New Delhi.

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People from Sikh community shout anti government slogans demanding punishment to those responsible for the desecration of religious book Guru Granth Sahib in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Shia Muslims participate in a Muharram procession in Srinagar, Kashmir.

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A Sikh community member shouts during a protest in Jammu on Thursday against alleged desecration of their religious book Guru Granth Sahib at Faridkot (Punjab).

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Members of Khudai Khidmatgar holding a candle light protest in front of Rajghat in New Delhi against the killing of Mohd Ikhlaq in Dadri.

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Muslim women busy shopping ahead of the Eid-ul-Adha festival.

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All community members performing worship of Lord Ganesh at a Ganesh pandal in Surat.

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Devotees pray at the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdaan on the occasion of his annual Urs in Srinagar.

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Devotees pray at the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdaan on the occasion of his annual Urs in Srinagar.

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Jain community people meet Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Beef ban issue in Mumbai.

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Haj pilgrims bid farewell to their relatives and family members as they leave for Haj pilgrimage, in Bhopal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with a delegation of Sufi Scholars at PM House in New Delhi.

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Girls preparing a rakhi to send to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Varanasi, UP

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims step on flags of Israel and U.S. during an annual rally marking the Al-Quds Day in the town of Magam, near Srinagar in J&K. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

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A Kashmiri woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple complex during Ramadan in Wangath, Some 48 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Srinagar. This place is frequented by tourists as well as surrounding villagers.

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Elderly Muslims recite the Quran before Asr prayers at Jamia Masjid on the 12th day of Ramzan in Srinagar.

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A sadhu waiting to register for the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, lights incense sticks as he worships a shivling.

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A woman performs Yoga at a garden in Ahmadabad.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with a delegation from the Muslim community, led by Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi in New Delhi.

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A Saudi boy sits beneath a banner with names of Shiite saints to watch the funeral procession Saturday, in Tarut, Saudi Arabia, for Mansour Fateel, who died of his injuries to become the 22nd victim of a mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group. Thousands of Shiites took to the streets of eastern Saudi Arabia to remember the latest victim of the country's deadliest terrorist bombing in years and denounce attacks on their community. Arabic graffiti beneath the banner reads: "No to occupying Bahrain."

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A 25-year-old woman professional was allegedly refused a flat by a builder as she belongs to the minority community, days after an MBA graduate was denied job by a diamond export firm on similar ground, in Mumbai.

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A Rohingya migrant plays with a ball at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia. Thousands of migrants - about half of them Bangladeshi and the others minority Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar - have landed ashore in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand since May 10. Thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea, and the United Nations has warned that time is running out.

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Rohingya migrants have their breakfast at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia. Thousands of migrants - about half of them Bangladeshi and the others minority Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar - have landed ashore in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea, and the United Nations has warned that time is running out.

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A Kashmiri woman devotee cries as the head priest displays a holy relic believed to be the hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, on Mehraj-u-Alam at the Hazratbal Shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar. Mehraj-u-Alam is believed to mark the ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.

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An elderly Kashmiri devotee weeps as the head priest displays a holy relic believed to be the hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, on Mehraj-u-Alam at the Hazratbal Shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar. Mehraj-u-Alam is believed to mark the ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.

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A Kashmiri woman devotee cries as devotees stretch out their arms offering prayers, as the head priest displays a holy relic believed to be the hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, on Mehraj-u-Alam at the Hazratbal Shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar. Mehraj-u-Alam is believed to mark the ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.

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Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th century Palestine on Sunday in hopes of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists. Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were among four sisters who were made saints at a Mass in a sun-soaked St. Peter's Square.

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A tapestry showing St. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas hangs from a balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th century Palestine on Sunday in hopes of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists. Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were among four sisters who were made saints at a Mass in a sun-soaked St. Peter's Square.

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A Pakistani security official displays cartridges he collected from the scene of an attack on a bus, in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Pakistani paramilitary troops stand guard outside a local hospital following an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan. Heavily-armed militants donning police uniforms attacked a bus carrying Shia Ismaili Muslims and shot them in the head, killing at least 47 people and leaving behind a pamphlet of ISIS claiming responsibility for the grisly attack in Pakistan's port city of Karachi.

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A devotee cleans a statue of Lord Buddha at a monastery ahead of Wesak in Agartala, the capital of Tripura.

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People travel in an auto rickshaw during the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's Urs in Ajmer.

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Prayers being offered at Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's dargah during the Urs in Ajmer.

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People take to the roads to protest against the recent demolition of a church in Agra.

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Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to get a Hindu temple restored and reconstructed after it was 'dismantled' in 1997 and later occupied by a cleric.

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A church in the Cantonment area was allegedly vandalised by unknown miscreants in the wee hours today, triggering outrage among the members of the local Christian community. According to police, alleged miscreants vandalised St Mary's Church in Agra Cantonment's Pratabpura area in what is the latest in a spate of attacks on such institutions across the country.

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A church in the Cantonment area was allegedly vandalised by unknown miscreants in the wee hours today, triggering outrage among the members of the local Christian community. According to police, alleged miscreants vandalised St Mary's Church in Agra Cantonment's Pratabpura area in what is the latest in a spate of attacks on such institutions across the country.

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Islamic State militants blow up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud.

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Hindu devotees worship inside Alopi Devi temple during the nine days long "Navratri" festival, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

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Afghan women chant slogans during a protest demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Quran last week, in downtown of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Christian nuns participate in an all-religion silent rally, protesting against the rape of an elderly nun at a convent in Ranaghat, in Agartala.

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Ex-students of Convent of Jesus and Mary School staging a silent dharna at Ranaghat to protest against the gangrape of a septuagenarian nun, at Nadia district in West Bengal.

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People take part in a protest rally in support of the nun who was gangraped in West Bengal, in Ranchi.

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Nuns take part in a rally in Kolkata to protest against the gangrape of a nun in Nadia district, West Bengal.

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