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1 hr ago | USA Today

Holy days converge in packed Old City Jerusalem

Palm fronds and wooden crosses clutched in their hands, throngs of Christians have spent Holy Week retracing the last steps Jesus took before his death and resurrection in the ancient Old City of Jerusalem, while hundreds of thousands of Jews have made their own pilgrimages for the eight-day holiday of Passover.


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2 hrs ago | KCTV5

About 250 people are still missing after the ferry sank Wednesday.

Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive.


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6 hrs ago | Jerusalem Post

Art and devotion: 'A biblical Harry Potter'

A new series based on the story of Elijah the Prophet and billed as "a biblical Harry Potter" balances artistic license with the limits of Jewish tradition.


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7 hrs ago |

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square.


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7 hrs ago | Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa compound, 16 detained

More than a dozen Palestinian worshipers were detained as clashes broke in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning between worshipers and Israeli forces who stormed the courtyards firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets.


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7 hrs ago | The American Conservative

Pascha 2014

The sermon read in every Paschal service in every Orthodox church in the world on this day, including ours .


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9 hrs ago | The Times of Israel

Police, Arab rioters skirmish on Temple Mount

Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters on the Temple Mount after Friday prayers on Feb. 22 Israeli police clashed with Arab stone throwers on Jerusalem's Temple Mount as thousands of Christian worshipers descended on the Old City for Easter Sunday.


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Sat Apr 19, 2014

The Daily Star

In Damascus, Christians briefly ignore war for Easter

A handout picture taken on April 16, 2014 and released on April 17 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency shows icons and religious objects strewn on the ground inside the Mar Taqla Greek Orthodox monastery in Syria's ancient Christian town of Maaloula after it was reportedly retaken by government forces.


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The Miami Herald

Ukrainians in South Florida spend Easter praying for peace in homeland

Catholic and Orthodox Ukrainians alike are praying this Easter for a Ukraine at peace.


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Sky News

Ukraine PM: 'Putin Has Soviet Union Dream'

Ukraine's Prime Minister accuses the Russian President of Soviet Union ambitions as Orthodox Easter is marked with a war of words.


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Russia Taday

'Christ is risen': Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter worldwide

Worshippers look on during an Orthodox Easter service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, April 19, 2014.


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The Toronto Star

Pro-Russian protesters are convinced Kyiv is anti-democratic

A Russian Orthodox priest blesses a pro-Russian activist as he stands guard Saturday outside the Donetsk Regional Administration building.


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The Independent

The spirit of a pure Christianity: Exploring Ethiopia's stunning subterranean churches

When he ventured into the mysterious subterranean churches of Ethiopia, Evgeny Lebedev not only visited one of the world's architectural marvels, he experienced a humble Orthodox Christianity which shames Russia's own I wake up and don't have a clue where I am.


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Mum who killed 'gay' son, 4, gets life

THOUSANDS of Christians from Orthodox denominations have taken part in the 'Holy Fire' ritual in Jerusalem, which dates back 1200 years.


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Bangkok Post

Easter war of words breaks out between Ukraine and Russia

Politics overshadowed Easter observances in Kiev and Moscow late Saturday, with the Orthodox religious leaders in each capital trading barbs over the crisis in Ukraine -- while the US reportedly prepared to send ground forces to neighbouring Poland.


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Free Republic

Orthodox Corruption?

Russia's Orthodox Church has experienced a resurgence under President Vladimir Putin, but have the state's finances and Russia's dominant religion become too closely intertwined? Simon Ostrovsky reports for People & Power on Al Jazeera English.


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Al Bawaba

Despite Israeli violence, thousands of Christians mark Holy Saturday in Jerusalem

Under occupation: Many Palestinian Christians from the West Bank were prevented from celebrating Easter in Jerusalem this year by Israeli authorities Palestinian Christians of all sects along with pilgrims from around the world mark Holy Saturday today, a day before the Easter holiday.


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Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway.


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Epitaphios fete lights up Greek Orthodox church

Members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church participated in a candlelight procession, a celebration of the Epitaphios of Christ Friday evening.


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Officials, dignitaries congratulate Easter

Serbian officials, politicians, religious and public figures have issued statements congratulating the holiday of Easter to all those who celebrate it.


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