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After centuries of disagreements over the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad, the split between Islam's two main schools of thought is more apparent than ever, as the two theocratic regimes of the Middle East are increasingly hostile towards each other.

"Shias, Sunnis: Why is Islam torn apart?" the French newsweekly L'Obs writes on Friday's cover. "From Muhammad's death to the the rise of ISIS, centuries-old conflicts explained."

As the publications notes, Sunnis represent around 85% of the world's Muslim community and the Shias close to 15%.The Houthi rebellion in Yemen is being fought by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia but allegedly supported by the Iranians as the two countries fight for influence in the region.

The divide between the two branches of Islam is as much a major talking point among Muslims as others, as ISIS is murdering hoardes of Muslims affiliated with Shia in territories it has conquered.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: L'OBS is a left-leaning French weekly newsmagazine based in Paris.

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Along The "New Border" Of Ukraine, Annexation Has Just Doubled The Danger

Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Ukrainian territories in a ceremony in the Kremlin. In a village just a few kilometers away from what is now the Ukraine-Russia "border" in Putin's eyes, life continues amid constant shelling and the fear of what comes next.

Ukrainian soldiers are stationed in the village of Inhulka, near Kherson.

Stefan Schocher

INHULKA — The trail leads over a gravel road, a rickety pontoon bridge past a checkpoint. Here in the remote village of Inhulka near Kherson in southern Ukraine, soldiers sit in front of the village shop. Inside, two women run back and forth behind the counter, making coffee, selling sausages, weighing tomatoes. "Natalochka, where are the cookies," calls a dark-haired lady across the room.

But Natalochka, her colleague, is about to lose her nerve. "What kind of life is that?" she says, finally reaching up to grab the cookies from the top of a shelf. What kind of life can it be, she asks, when something is constantly exploding next to you and you don't know if you'll wake up in the morning.

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Inhulka is the center of a rural community. 1,587 inhabitants, as the village chief says, one school, one kindergarten, one doctor, two stores. Since March, nothing here is as it used to be. That was when the Russian army came to the village.

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