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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Two million Muslim pilgrims begin annual hajj

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 02:52pm by AFP

    ... the annual hajj, their numbers reduced on fears of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) virus. Saudi Health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabia told reporters late on Saturday that authorities ... pilgrims could be infected and return to their homelands carrying the virus. But the authorities have said they are optimistic the hajj will pass without incident, given Muslims also go on lesser ...

  2. Concern for pilgrims' safety drives modernising of Mecca

    Posted Sep 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Kenneth Ko

    ... Kenneth Ko PLANS ARE AFOOT to upgrade and modernise the facilities in the holy city of Mecca to ease crowding during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs ... in their lifetime to Mecca- a journey called the Hajj. During the climax of the pilgrimage every year, millions of pilgrims flock to the city. Tragedy often strikes when crowds of pilgrims jam the approach ...

  3. Massive display of human unity

    Posted Sep 06th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Watt

    ... Richard Watt Every year, on the 12th and last month of the Muslim Lunar calendar, what is one of the world's largest displays of unity among humans takes place in Saudi Arabia as more than 2 million Muslims perform their obligation of a pilgrimage to ...

  4. Haj scandal

    Posted Feb 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Marianne Kearney The death of 54 Indonesian haj pilgrims during the stampede in Saudi Arabia this month has put the spotlight on the government. Initially, the blame for the deaths was laid at the feet of the Saudi authorities after at least 244 pilgrims ...

  5. News - World - MEDICINE

    US moves to limit contagion if Middle East coronavirus Mers arrives via haj

    Posted Jul 02nd 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Atlanta Centres for Disease Control on war footing to limit risk of contagion, such as from pilgrims spreading Middle East coronavirus to America U.S. fears haj could spread Sars-like virus In a war room of sorts in a neatly appointed ...

  6. News - World - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi Arabia starts expelling Nigerian women

    Posted Sep 29th 2012, 12:26pm by Associated Press in Riyadh

    ... the first time it sent back such a large group in enforcement of strict rules governing women. The government ministry that oversees the Hajj pilgrimage said the 1,100 women had violated a longstanding law by travelling without an immediate male relative, adding that females of all nationalities under the age of 45 must have a male guardian during the Hajj pilgrimage. “This is a rule ...

  7. Rail firm expects loss from Mecca project

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih China Railway Construction Corporation expects to incur a total loss of roughly 4.15 billion yuan (HK$4.82 billion) from the Mecca Light Rail Project, a metro light railway designed to serve Muslim pilgrims to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The contr ...

  8. Architectural wonders built to inspire awe

    Posted Oct 09th 2008, 12:00am by Carl Sutherland

    ... an area of 356,800 square metres and draws millions of worshippers during the annual Hajj. Use of the site as a mosque began with the dawn of Islam's arrival in the region. The first major ... was the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2002 and was described as the 'best skyscraper in the world for design', an accolade that no one in this Islamic kingdom has disputed. Hajj ...

  9. News - World - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Saudi man 'cured' of Sars family virus

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 12:59pm by AFP

    ... of last month’s hajj pilgrimage. It did not say when the man was diagnosed with the illness. He “received suitable treatment and has been cured”, said the statement, adding that “the state of his ... hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. But the kingdom’s health ministry repeatedly reassured pilgrims that no epidemic outbreaks had been registered. ...


    Posted Oct 27th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to Mecca for the Hajj. Ismail Mahbob, a successful Malaysian businessman, must swap his comfortable life for austerity, South African Khalil Mandhlazi goes in search of an ideal Islamic world ...




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