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SMS Goeben
SMS Goeben was the second of two Moltke-class battlecruisers of theImperial German Navy, launched in 1911 and named after the GermanFranco-Prussian War veteran General August Karl von Goeben. Compared to their British rivals in the Indefatigable classGoeben and her sister ship were significantly larger and better armored. After her commissioning, Goeben, with the light cruiser Breslau, patrolled the Mediterranean during the Balkan Wars. After the outbreak ofWorld War I on 28 July 1914, Goeben and Breslau evaded British naval forces and reachedConstantinople. The two ships were transferred to the Ottoman Empire on 16 August 1914, andGoeben became the flagship of the Ottoman Navy as Yavuz Sultan Selim. By bombarding Russian facilities in the Black Sea, she brought Turkey into World War I on the German side. In later service, she carried the remains of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from Istanbul to İzmit in 1938. She was decommissioned in 1950 and scrapped in 1973, after the West German government declined to buy her back. She was the last surviving ship built by the Imperial German Navy, and the longest-servingbattlecruiser or dreadnought-type ship in any navy. (Full article...)
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Young orangeish bulbous mushrooms are covered in shaggy, scale-like hairs
The majority of species in Armillaria, a genus of fungi commonly known as honey mushrooms, are saprotrophic and live mainly on dead wood, but some areparasites that can cause root and butt rot in over 600 species of woody plants. Some Armillaria species, such as A. gallica (pictured)A. mellea, and A. tabescens, are bioluminescent. The genus once served as a wastebasket taxon; due largely to differing interpretations on the limits of the genus, over 270 species and varietieshave been placed in Armillaria. A comprehensive 1995 study by Tom Volk and Harold Burdsall evaluated all of the epithets that have been used in Armillaria. They determined that about 40 species belong to Armillaria sensu stricto; the remaining names belong to species that are distributed among 43 other modern fungal genera. Many species are difficult or impossible to distinguish from each other using observable characteristics. (Full list...)

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Al-Aqsa Mosque
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam and is located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. Established in 705 CE by al-Walid, the mosque has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. It is currently administered by charitable trust, and the mosque's imam is Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein.
According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to al-Aqsa during the Night Journey. This tradition holds that Muhammad led prayerstowards this site until the seventeenth month after the emigration, when God directed him to turn towards the Kaaba.
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