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Haj Slowdown Hits Saudi Businesses

By Dahlia Nehme MECCA, Sept 12 – Saudi businesses catering to haj visitor have taken a hit this year as far fewer pilgrims arrive and those who come have less cash to spend. Saudi authorities say only about 1.86 million pilgrims, including around 1.3 million coming from outside the country, are attending this year’s haj,

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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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