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The Week in History: October 5 – October 11

Key events that shaped the region’s social, political and cultural history BY: Arfa Shahid  October 5, 1986: Iran-Contra Affair The Iran-Contra incident was a political scandal broken by Newsweek reporter Robert Patty in 1986, which shook the foundations of the second Reagan administration. The U.S. had been involved in a secret arms sale to Iran, despite

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Saudi Prince Warns Iran Against Using Force to Pursue Rivalry

DUBAI, Sept 15  – A senior Saudi official, responding to Iranian criticism of Riyadh’s management of the hajj pilgrimage, urged Iran to end what he called wrong attitudes towards Arabs and warned it against any use of force in its rivalry with the kingdom. Mecca province governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal, in remarks likely to be

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For Illegal Pilgrims in Mecca, God’s Blessings Transcend Secular Law

By Dahlia Nehme MINA, SAUDI ARABIA, Sept 14  – Fear of getting caught is not enough to deter Abu Ahmed and up to 200,000 other illegal pilgrims from attending this year’s hajj in Mecca, despite a clampdown by the Saudi authorities aimed at preventing deadly overcrowding. The hajj, which every able-bodied Muslim is required to

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Saudi King: Use of Hajj for Sectarian Aims Abhorrent

MINA, Saudi Arabia, Sept 13  – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Tuesday hajj should not be used to achieve sectarian or political aims, remarks likely to be seen as aimed at rival Iran, which is involved in a public quarrel with Riyadh over the management of the pilgrimage. Speaking to dignitaries from Muslim countries

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Saudi Arabia Strives to Prevent Repeat of Fatal Crush at Hajj

By Katie Paul RIYADH, Sept 4 – A year after the worst hajj disaster in a generation, Saudi Arabia is issuing pilgrims with electronic bracelets and using more surveillance cameras to avoid a repeat of a crush that killed hundreds and damaged already strained ties with Iran. The world’s largest annual Muslim gathering, bringing some

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Portraits of a Changing City

The first solo Saudi art exhibition in Washington D.C. offers an alternative view of Mecca BY Roshanak Taghavi The entrance into “Symbolic Cities” initiates you into artist Ahmed Mater’s vision for the future of Saudi Arabia. On view at the Smithsonian’s esteemed Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., Mater’s exhibit of installations and photographs is the first

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Saudi Arabia to Introduce Hi-Tech Bracelets in Haj Safety Push

DUBAI, June 30 – Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca starting this year, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation. As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands

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Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

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Iran Says Its Pilgrims Will Not Attend Haj in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, May 29 – Iran’s Haj and Pilgrimage Organisation said on Sunday the country’s pilgrims would not attend the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for “sabotage” and failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims. Relations between the two countries plummeted after hundreds of Iranians died in a crush during last year’s

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Saudi Soldier Killed in Gunbattle with Militants: SPA

DUBAI, May 8 – A Saudi soldier died in a gunbattle with militants in the western Taif region outside Mecca on Sunday, state news agency SPA said. Two assailants opened fire on a police station before retreating to the mountain village of Thaqeef where the soldier, named as private Saeed al-Harithy, was killed in an

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