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Israel unearths remains of rare ancient mosque

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Israeli archaeologists said Thursday they had unearthed the remains of a rare ancient rural mosque from the seventh and eighth centuries AD in the country’s south.

The remains were discovered during preparations to construct a new building in the Bedouin town of Rahat, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

It said the remains were of an open-air rectangular mosque with a mihrab, or prayer niche, facing Mecca.

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The authority called it one of the earliest known rural mosques worldwide.

“From this period there are large known mosques in Jerusalem and in Mecca, but here we have evidence of an ancient house of prayer, which seems to have served the farmers who lived in the area,” the authority said in a statement from the excavations’ directors, Jon Seligman and Shahar Zur.

It said no similar building had been found in the area where it was discovered.

The authority was “examining possible ways in which this special finding can be integrated into the new neighborhood,” it said.

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Other finds in the area were a small settlement from the early Islamic period, the authority said. The Muslim conquest of the region occurred in the first half of the seventh century.


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Trump’s most reliable and obsequious sycophants

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U.S. presidents, historically, have been very reliant on key advisers — and sometimes, they were even criticized by their supporters for it. President George W. Bush, for example, was criticized by some of his supporters for failing to question former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on foreign policy matters; some of President Barack Obama’s supporters complained that he was too reliant on former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner when it came to economic policy. But President Donald Trump has been a major exception, angrily refusing to listen to what key advisors have had to say. And when former National Security Advisor John Bolton left the Trump Administration earlier this month — either because he was fired or because he quit — it was only one of the many departures that underscored Trump’s inability to accept any type of criticism. From former Defense Secretary James Mattis to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to former Secretary of States Rex Tillerson, anyone who questions Trump is likely to either be fired or quit.

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GOP voters infuriated by primary cancellations to protect Trump from challengers

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Republican voters are frustrated by states canceling GOP primaries to boost President Donald Trump's re-election chances.

The president is currently facing three primary challengers in former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and many GOP voters are angry that states are taking steps to throttle their campaigns, reported Business Insider.

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MSNBC guest appalled by Trump’s new Ukraine scandal: ‘As grave a moment as we have experienced’

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An anonymous intelligence official submitted a complaint to their agency's inspector general about President Donald Trump's conduct with a foreign leader.

Little is known at this point, but sources told the New York Times that it's most likely related to Ukraine. Earlier in the year, the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden's son Hunter.

The president shot back on Twitter, railing against the intelligence community.

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