Prayers

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall as snow falls in the old city of Jerusalem on Friday. People in Jerusalem woke up to around 25 centimetres of snow after the second major blizzard of winter swept across the hilltop Holy City.

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Jewish men pray at the Western Wall as snow falls in the old city of Jerusalem on Friday. People in Jerusalem woke up to around 25 centimetres of snow after the second major blizzard of winter swept across the hilltop Holy City

Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama

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Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama in Syria

Palestinian boys attend Friday prayers as they sit at the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City January 23, 2015.

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Palestinian boys attend Friday prayers as they sit at the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City

Palestinians are pictured through a gate as they perform Friday prayers at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip January 16, 2015, to demand that Egyptian authorities open the crossing.  Egypt shut Rafah crossing, Gaza's main window to the outside world, over violence with Islamist militants in Egypt's adjacent Sinai region last October. Since then, it opened the crossing for a few days to allow thousands of Palestinians get in and out of Gaza Strip.

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Palestinians pictured through a gate as they perform Friday prayers at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip to demand that Egyptian authorities open the crossing

Indian school children observe two-minutes of silence to pray for the victims who were killed in an attack at the Army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, during their prayer meeting, in New Delhi, India, 17 December 2014. Nearly 140 people, the vast majority children, were killed at a military-run school in north-western Pakistan Tuesday in an attack by Islamist militants. At least 139 people including more than 125 children died before army commandos killed all six attackers and regained control of the building. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the terror attack and called two minutes silence in school's across the nation

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Schoolchildren in New Delhi, India, observe a two-minute silence on Wednesday to pray for the victims killed in the attack at an army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

An Orthodox man prays at the Western Wall in the Old City on Tuesday in Jerusalem, Israel. As violence continues in Israel, an Israeli was stabbed and lightly injured Monday morning in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years. The tension and violence on the streets of the city is threatening to further isolate communities and to encourage extremist politicians exploit the situation

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An Orthodox man prays at the Western Wall in the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday.

Men wash before prayers at the fishing port of Conakry, Guinea, Tuesday Nov. 25, 2014. In March 2014, the World Health Organization with support from UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders vaccinated some 200,000 fishermen on islands north of Conakry, the capital, where they gather from Guinea and neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia during the fishing season. The area had been identified as a major transmission source for cholera since the fishermen set up temporary shelters and have no toilets or clean water. Guinea has recorded only one cholera case this year, down from thousands, in a rare success that experts cautiously attribute to the vaccinations against the water-borne disease, and hand-washing in the campaign against Ebola.

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Men wash before prayers at the fishing port of Conakry, Guinea’s capital. Last March, the World Health Organisation with support from Unicef and Doctors Without Borders vaccinated some 200,000 fishermen against cholera on islands north of Conakry

Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock mosque at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 21, 2014. Tens of thousands of Muslims prayed at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque Friday, after Israeli eased age restrictions on entry for a second straight week despite high tension after a wave of violence.

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Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem

Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers  in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 14, 2014. Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound.

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Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem. Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish vendor prays near Rachel's Tomb during an annual mass prayer in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

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An Ultra Orthodox Jewish vendor prays near Rachel’s Tomb during an annual mass in Jerusalem

Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on t...Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the Yamuna river as the landmark Taj Mahal monument is seen in the background during daybreak in Agra on October 30, 2014. Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun in the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and river. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPESTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the Yamuna river as the landmark Taj Mahal monument is seen in the background during daybreak in Agra.Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun in the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and river. 

A Hindu devotee prays in a holy pond on the auspicious day of "Mahalaya" in Mumbai on Wednesday. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honour the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called 'Shraadh' or Pitra Paksha.

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A Hindu prays in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honour the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitra Paksha

Children pray for their ancestors after sweeping their family tombstones at a cemetery in Haiki, Nagasaki Prefecture, southern Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 as they celebrate the Bon Festival. Japanese believe that their ancestors' spirits return to their homes to reunite with their family during the three-day festival starting Aug. 13.

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Children pray for their ancestors after sweeping family tombstones at a cemetery in Haiki, Nagasaki Prefecture, south Japan on Wednesday as they celebrate the Bon Festival.

A Tengger tribesman prays at Mount Bromo during the annual Kasada ceremony in East Java onTuesday. The Kasada ceremony is a festival held every 14th day of the Kasada month in the traditional Hindu lunar calender to honour Sang Hyang Widhi (God Almighty) and is based on the legend of Roro Anteng and Joko Seger from the Majapahit Kingdom, from which their Tengger tribe name originates

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A Tengger tribesman prays at Mount Bromo during the annual Kasada ceremony in East Java on Tuesday. The Kasada ceremony is a festival held every 14th day of the Kasada month in the traditional Hindu lunar calender to honour Sang Hyang Widhi and is based on the legend of Roro Anteng and Joko Seger from the Majapahit Kingdom, from which their Tengger tribe name originates

Palestinian refugees perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman

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Palestinian refugees perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Baqaa refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan, on Monday. Hundreds of refugees marched after prayers in solidarity with Gaza, calling for an end to Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

TOPSHOTS A Palestinian woman prays at th...TOPSHOTS A Palestinian woman prays at the entrance of her house in Gaza City on June 16, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABEDMOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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A Palestinian woman prays at the entrance of her house in Gaza City 

Kashmiri Muslim women offer prayers on the Friday following celebrations for "Meeraj-un-Nabi" at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar May 30, 2014. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Friday thronged to Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, to celebrate concluding ceremonies of Meeraj-un-Nabi or ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.

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Kashmiri Muslim women offer prayers following Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar. Thousands on Friday thronged to the shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, to celebrate the prophet’s ascension to heaven

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes.

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Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Hezbollah says Israel conducted an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties.

Nepalese Hindu devotees offer prayers by rolling on the ground after performing a bathing ritual on the final day of the month-long Swasthani Festival near the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on February  14, 2014. Devotees in the Himalayan nation are observing the conclusion of the month-long religious festival, with scores of women undergoing a fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness.

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Hindu devotees in Nepal offer prayers by rolling on the ground after performing a bathing ritual on the final day of the Swasthani Festival near the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu

Nepalese Hindu devotees gather to bathe in the Shali River on the outskirts of Kathmandu on January 16, 2014. Hundreds of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation have started a month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness.

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Hindu devotees gather to bathe in the Shali River on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Hundreds of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation have started a month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness