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Iran, Qatar voice support for Saudi after Mecca suicide bombing

Tehran - Both Iran and Qatar on Saturday voiced support for Saudi Arabia over a suicide bombing near Islam's holiest site in Mecca despite their severed ties."Iran...

4 dead in Saudi raid on 'terror' cell near Mecca: Ministry

Riyadh - Saudi police shot dead two suspected militants and two others blew themselves up during a raid near the holy city of Mecca on Thursday, the interior ministry said.

Saudi Binladin Group lays off 50,000 foreign workers, some unpaid

Mecca - Fifty thousand foreign laborers have been fired by the Binladin Group construction company in Saudi Arabia. Some have not been paid salaries for the last four months.

Saudi king sanctions Binladin firm over pre-hajj tragedy

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's King Salman sanctioned the powerful Saudi Binladin Group Tuesday over the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca's Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people days before the hajj pilgrimage.

Mecca crane collapse highlights city's development boom

Mecca - The deadly collapse of a construction crane in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca has highlighted the controversial pace of high-end urban development in the birthplace of Islam.

Crane accident kills at least 87 people in Saudi Arabia

Mecca - Saudi Arabia's Civil Defense Authority is reporting that at least 87 people have died and another 201 or more people were injured when a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque in the Holy city of Mecca today.

87 dead as crane crashes into Mecca's Grand Mosque ahead of hajj

Riyadh - A massive construction crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque in stormy weather Friday, killing at least 87 people and injuring 184, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight before the hajj pilgrimage starts.

Stonehenge slabs were stilts for an overhead religious temple

A new theory about the role played by Stonehenge in ancient times says that its huge slabs could have been used as stilts for holding up a large, circular, wooden temple designed for religious ceremonies.

Ebola fears being downplayed as annual pilgrimage of Hajj begins

Mecca - Almost two million Muslims from around the world converged on Mecca yesterday as they began their five-day Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The Saudi government assured the public the kingdom is Ebola-free.

UPDATED: Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca condemn Syrian violence

Mecca - According to Polish news media, Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca have agreed to suspend Syria’s membership in the Organization of the Islamic" (OWI), and have called for an immediate end to the violence within Syria.

Holy Water scandal brewing in London

A report of an exposé by a BBC local news programme together with some background information into the illegal sale of Zam Zam Water in London.

Swine flu concerns cause Arab health leaders to rethink Mecca

Arab health ministers ban children and elderly from attending the annual gathering at Mecca, citing concerns over the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

OpEd: Time For Mecca Time! Muslim Leaders Want GMT Replaced As World Time Reference

'One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca's was in perfect alignment to magnetic north. He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.'

Progress in key Palestinians Talks

Progress seen in talk between two rival factions of Palestine

Palestanian leaders are set for Mecca talk to avoid civil war

Palestanian leaders whose factions are engaged in fighting in palestine are set to talk in Mecca in Saudiarabia to find a solution.This is seen as the last chance to avoid civil war.

Crowd researchers make pilgrimage safer

The science of pedestrian motion meets the annual Hajj in Mecca. How science can help.

Terror watch on Mecca pilgrims

THE intelligence agencies are monitoring every Muslim who travels from Britain to Mecca on pilgrimage in a wider effort to piece together intelligence on suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist activity

Muslim cleric blaming women for rape

cleric blaming women for getting raped?
 

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Pilgrims perform sunset prayers at the Great Mosque, Islam's holiest shrine, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, two days before Muslim's annual Hajj pilgrimage.
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Over 200 people were injured in the crane collapse.
Over 200 people were injured in the crane collapse.
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Strong storms are said to have been responsible for the crane collapse in Saudi Arabia's Holy city of Mecca.
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