Muslims pray together on the evening of the first day of Ramadan at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami.
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As a heat wave grips large parts of the country, ask yourself this: Would you turn down a glass of water? If you're Muslim, you probably would, because it is the month of Ramadan, when Muslims can't eat or drink from sunup to sundown.
It's a bit of a challenge, says Omar Shahin, an imam in Phoenix. At that moment, it was 105 degrees outside, and he was cleaning the pool in his backyard. The water was so close, yet so far.
Peanuts were a problem for 9 percent of households that reported someone with a food allergy or intolerance.
If some foods really don't agree with you or someone you live with, you've got plenty of company.
In the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll, we asked people across the country about food allergies and intolerance. The bottom line: 1 in 5 households across the country has at least one person who is allergic or intolerant to at least one food.
A screen grab of a YouTube video shows smoke rising in what appears to be a contested part of Hama, Syria.
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Syrians in the city of Hama staged a mass demonstration against the government on Friday, July 29, as seen in this photo provided to AFP by a third party. Two days later, the Syrian military launched a fierce crackdown in the city.
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The residents of Hama, a religiously conservative city in central Syria, have a bitter history with the Assad family that has ruled the country for four decades.
Government opponents rose up in 1982 against Hafez Assad, the former president, and he responded with massive military force that reduced parts of the city to rubble. It took weeks for details to reach the wider world, and there has never been a full accounting. But human-rights groups estimate that anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 people were killed.