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Briefs, October 30, 2012

Bishop Pachomius, acting pope, registers to vote. Photo: AFP

Inquiry launched into BBC culture, practices

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 4:05am

Syrian pilgrims in Mecca protest against Bashar al-Assad's regime

Saudi authorities quickly dispersed a protest by hundreds of Syrian pilgrims calling for the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and denouncing what they said was an international failure to stop bloodshed in their country, witnesses said.

29 Oct 2012 - 3:55am

Talking Points

Millions of pilgrims are in Mecca for the start of Islam's annual haj pilgrimage. Photo: Reuters

Millions join haj pilgrimage

24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am

Briefs, October 22, 2012

A massive clean-up was under way in the French pilgrimage town of Lourdes yesterday. Pilgrims were evacuated from flood-hit hotels. Photo: AFP

Fidel Castro appears in public after months

22 Oct 2012 - 5:15am

Rail firm expects loss from Mecca project

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 contract value of the project is 12.07 billion yuan, but the total cost is estimated at 16.07 billion yuan.

26 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Islamic road map

The divide between Islam and the west is one of the gravest issues facing the world today in view of global terrorist attacks, often carried out by Muslim extremists. That is why it is crucial that an attempt to rejuvenate Islamic civilisation, and eradicate endemic poverty in much of the Muslim world, should be given a chance to succeed.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Massive display of human unity

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 the city of Mecca.

6 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Discover the gateway to the holy cities

Jeddah - Bride of the Red Sea

Every year, millions of Muslim pilgrims pass through the port city of Jeddah in western Saudi Arabia. The second-largest city in the kingdom, after Riyadh, it is the main gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Concern for pilgrims' safety drives modernising of Mecca

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 has invited tenders for the construction of the Jamarat terrace project at Mina, expected to cost up to US$1 billion.

23 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Haj scandal

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 died during a ritual stoning of the three pillars, symbolising the devil, in Mina.

11 Feb 2004 - 12:00am


Stone Age Columbus

Pearl, 9.30pm

America has its own established history of how it was populated around 11,000 years ago by people from Siberia. However, a remarkable new theory is emerging that 17,000 years before Columbus, Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

Inside Mecca

National Geographic, 8pm

27 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


Hajj: The Greatest Trip On Earth

Pearl, 8.30pm

26 Apr 2003 - 12:00am