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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Rihanna mosque shoot given axe

Rihanna's mosque photo shoot was badly received in Abu Dhabi
Rihanna's mosque photo shoot was badly received in Abu Dhabi

Overseers of Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque have said they asked pop star Rihanna to leave the compound after she posed for photographs considered to be at odds with the "sanctity" of the site.

Rihanna hasn't publicly responded to the actions by staff at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Her show took place at the weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Photos posted on various websites show the singer posing on white marble, dressed fully in black, with her hair covered according to the mosque's guidelines.

The mosque statement, published in local newspapers, said Rihanna was in an area normally off limits for visitors. It said the fashion-style photo session violated rules on the "status and sanctity of the mosque".

The mosque is a major tourist site in the United Arab Emirates' capital.

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