Ramadan fast begins in sweltering heat

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August 11, 2010 19:09

 
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Over a billion Muslims around the world began observing the holy month of Ramadan  on Wednesday, with the dawn-to-dusk fast posing a particular challenge for the devout in the sweltering Middle East summer.

A heat wave has covered much of the region, putting even the most ardent believers to the test.

In some places — such as Egypt, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip — the hardship of abstaining from food, drink and cigarettes for 15 hours was compounded by frequent power outages.

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