Tight Security for Annual Shi’ite Pilgrimage in Iraq’s Kerbala

KERBALA, Iraq, Nov 21 – Hundreds of thousands of Shi’ite Muslims gathered in Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala on Monday for the annual pilgrimage of Arbaeen, which marks the end of a 40-day mourning period for the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein. Iraqi authorities adopted tight security measures before the procession, during which

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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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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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