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Pilgrims stone Satan in last major rite of scaled-back hajj

Mena - Muslim pilgrims cast sanitised pebbles Friday as they "stoned the devil" in the last major ritual of the hajj, which the Saudi king acknowledged had been tough to organise amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hajj goes virtual for families of lucky pilgrims

Khobar - Faridah Bakti Yahra travelled alone to Mecca when she won the lottery of a lifetime to join this year's hajj, the smallest in living memory, but her family is relishing the experience virtually.

Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - Masked pilgrims scaled Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat Thursday to pray and repent in the climax of this year's hajj, the smallest in modern times after massive crowds in previous years.

Muslim pilgrims to scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - Muslim pilgrims converged Thursday on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat for the climax of this year's hajj, the smallest in modern times and a sharp contrast to the massive crowds of previous years.

Virus measures, slashed numbers make for safest ever hajj

Mecca - This year's downsized hajj may prove to be the safest ever despite the ever-present threat posed by the novel coronavirus.

Muslims begin downsized hajj amid pandemic

Mecca - Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims on Wednesday began the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage.

Saudis strive to prevent virus outbreak in curtailed hajj

Mecca - Pilgrims were quarantined Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Mecca ahead of the dramatically downsized hajj as Saudi authorities strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia gears up for downsized hajj

Mecca - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday begins hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history.

Scaled-down hajj pilgrimage to start July 29: Saudi officials

Apo - This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said Monday.Some 2.

Saudi scales down hajj, bars pilgrims from abroad

Apo - Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it will allow a drastically scaled-back hajj pilgrimage for around 1,000 pilgrims already present in the kingdom, as it battles a coronavirus surge.

Saudi to allow around 1,000 pilgrims to perform hajj: minister

Apo - Saudi Arabia will allow around 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom to perform the hajj this year, a minister said Tuesday, after it announced the ritual would be scaled back due to coronavirus.

Muslims disappointed but accepting as Saudi scales back hajj

Kuala Lumpur - Muslims expressed disappointment Tuesday at Saudi Arabia's decision to scale back this year's hajj pilgrimage, but many accepted it was necessary as the kingdom battles a major coronavirus outbreak.

Saudi Arabia to hold 'very limited' hajj over pandemic

Apo - Saudi Arabia has announced it will hold a "very limited" hajj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the Gulf.

Saudi says to hold 'limited' hajj: state media

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Monday announced it would hold a "very limited" hajj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi faces perilous hajj call as virus spikes

Apo - Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off this year's hajj pilgrimage for the first time in its modern history, observers say, a perilous decision as coronavirus cases spike.

Some 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

Mena - Nearly 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia Saturday marshalled by tens of thousands of stewards in a bid to prevent any repetition of previous years' deadly stampedes.

More than two million Muslims on hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims began the annual hajj Friday under sweltering conditions, as the Saudi hosts sought to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Mecca - More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf.

Qatar urges Saudi to remove hajj obstacles to its citizens

Doha - Qatar has urged Saudi Arabia to remove "obstacles and restrictions" for its residents wishing to perform the hajj pilgrimage, as the two Gulf neighbours remain locked in a bitter diplomatic dispute.

'Green hajj' slowly takes root in Mecca

- Thousands of cleaners are busy separating plastic from other rubbish as more than two million Muslims wrap up a pilgrimage to Mecca that presents a huge environmental challenge for Saudi Arabia.

Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - A sea of pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Monday to pray and repent, the climax of the annual hajj bringing together more than two million Muslims from around the world.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.

Lost in translation? Not for Muslim hajj pilgrims

Mecca - Lost in translation? Not in Mecca, thanks to a dedicated squad of interpreters gearing up to help two million Muslims speaking dozens of languages at the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired 'nap pods' for hajj

Mecca - Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim hajj pilgrimage begins Sunday.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Mecca - Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Saudi state carrier hit by system failure ahead of hajj

Apo - Saudi Arabian Airlines says a system failure has resulted in disruption of flights, as the kingdom prepares to host the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities

Jeddah - Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Muslim pilgrims mark final hajj rite with 'Stoning of Devil'

- In stifling heat, a Saudi security guard sprayed Muslim pilgrims with water as they advanced through Mina for the final rite of the hajj, the "Stoning of the Devil" that has proved lethal in past years.
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