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Virus transforms hajj in Mecca and future of the pilgrimage
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Virus transforms hajj in Mecca and future of the pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday,…
Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases virus restrictions
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Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases virus restrictions

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A very small, limited number of people donning the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the…
Saudi Arabia to launch app for Mecca pilgrims amid virus
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Saudi Arabia to launch app for Mecca pilgrims amid virus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Monday released new details on how it plans to gradually allow Muslims…
Pilgrims pray on peak day of hajj in shadow of coronavirus
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Pilgrims pray on peak day of hajj in shadow of coronavirus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Masked pilgrims arrived Thursday at Mount Arafat, a desert hill near Islam’s holiest site,…
Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia amid virus
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Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia amid virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation,…
Technology infuses ancient hajj rites amid global pandemic
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Technology infuses ancient hajj rites amid global pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The vast white marble floors surrounding Islam’s holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca,…
Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic
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Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj as Saudi…
New at Saudi hajj: Bottled holy water, sterilized pebbles
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New at Saudi hajj: Bottled holy water, sterilized pebbles

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has issued guidelines for the 1,000 or so pilgrims that will be…
Saudi Arabia announces hajj health measures for domestic pilgrims
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Saudi Arabia announces hajj health measures for domestic pilgrims

CAIRO (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the 2020 hajj…
Muslims to wait a year for hajj as virus prompts Saudi curbs
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Muslims to wait a year for hajj as virus prompts Saudi curbs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims around the world hoping for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Mecca to perform the…
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