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Thousands gather for first Friday prayers at Turkey's Hagia Sophia

Thousands have gathered outside Istanbul’s famous Hagia Sophia for the first Friday prayers since Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the celebrated monument would be turned back into a mosque. FRANCE 24 correspondent Jasper Mortimer describes an atmosphere of “suspended excitement” in the crowd outside, some of whom slept out overnight in anticipation.

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