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In pictures: Observing Ramadan

Mother and son in a mosque

Muslims around the world are beginning the holy month of Ramadan. Here, a mother comforts her sleeping son during an evening prayer at a mosque in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

Market stall in Indonesia

Indonesians buying traditional foods at a market as they prepare to break the fast after sunset.

Food vendor in Kabul

An Afghan vendor prepares food at a market stall in Kabul.

Muslims at prayer in a Manila mosque

The faithful pray at a mosque in the Philippine capital Manila.

Thai women at the festival of fruits

Muslim women carry flowers during a festival of fruits in southern Thailand.

Street vendor in Sidon, Lebanon

A Lebanese street vendor sells pickles in the southern port city of Sidon.

People sell Moroccan pastries and pancakes in Rabat

Pastries and pancakes are on sale in Morocco's capital, Rabat.

A Palestinian man making bread

In the West Bank town of Ramallah, a Palestinian man prepares traditional Arabic bread.

A Somali woman sells samosas

And in Somalia, Muslim women in Hargeisa wait for travellers to buy their samosas.

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