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Islamist attacks saint’s tomb in Timbuktu

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A new member of an Islamist group in north Mali attacked and burned a saint’s tomb classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Timbuktu, the spokesman for the group said Sunday. The act threatens to raise tensions that have been building between residents and the …

Turkish soldiers guard sacred tomb in Syria

ISTANBUL (AP) — It’s a tiny plot of Turkey deep within violence-torn Syria – a sacred mausoleum guarded by Turkish troops. The memorial to Suleyman Shah, grandfather of Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire, has remained surrounded by a small contingent of Turkish soldiers even as Turkey helps to …