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Bahraini Shiite Muslims pose for a selfie during a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama on November 4, 2014. Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD.

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SAUDI ARABIA, MECCA : Muslim pilgrims touch Islam’s holiest shrine, the Kaaba, at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, late on September 21, 2015. The annual hajj pilgrimage begins on September 22, and more than a million faithful have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for what will for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH                        

A boy mourns during the funeral of Yussef al-Nashmi, who died in hospital the day before as he was detained by Bahraini authorities since on August 17, in the western Manama suburb of Jidd Hafs, on October 12, 2013. Anti-riot police in Bahrain used buckshot, sound grenades and tear gas to disperse hundreds of Shiite protesters trying to reach Pearl Square in Manama after the funeral of Nashmi.

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Bahraini Shiite Muslim women stir a pot of rice, meat and vegetables being prepared to feed participants in a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the village of Al Malikiyah, south of Manama on October 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH

SAUDI ARABIA, MECCA : Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat near Mecca as they perform one of the Hajj rituals late on October 3, 2014. The pilgrims perform a series of rituals during the annual Hajj. They circumambulate the kaaba seven times, runs back and forth between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, drink from the Zamzam Well, goes to the plains of Mount Arafat to stand in vigil, and throws stones in a ritual Stoning of Devil. The pilgrims then shave their heads, perform a ritual of animal sacrifice, and celebrate Eid al-Adha holiday.
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BAHRAIN, Jannusan : An blindfolded Bahraini protester holds up a placard bearing the portrait of jailed photographer Ahmed Humaidan during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama, on September 5, 2014. “Ongoing violations of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and the targeting of human rights activists in Bahrain remain of serious concern,” Ravina Shamdasani, the spokeswoman for the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH