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Last year around 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to take part in the "hajj", which Muslims must perform at least once in their life.

Saudi Arabia will reimpose a full lockdown around the country during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month.

Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in Mecca, Medina

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Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in Mecca, Medina

Saudi Arabia has installed self-sterilisation gates at the entrances of Islam's two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

Ali Bakeer

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

The recent Saudi media escalation against Turkey coincides with a growing list of internal problems for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

This Ramadan let's reconnect with our parents' stories

Tahmina Begum

This Ramadan let's reconnect with our parents' stories

Ramadan under lockdown is a chance for British Muslims to reflect and ask the questions they've always wanted to know about their parents' lives.

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China, Saudi Arabia cut $265 million coronavirus equipment deal

China will provide Saudi Arabia with medical experts and testing kits as part of a multi-million dollar deal cut between the two states.

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Saudi Arabia relaxes coronavirus lockdown except in hotspot Mecca

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced a partial ease of 1 24-hour curfew to help stem the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Egypt arrests group for 'making mock Umrah in Alexandria'

Videos that emerged on social media on Friday showed dozens of Egyptians circling the streets of Alexandria with a model of the holy Kaaba, ...

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Watch: Saudi cleric's emotional recitation of Ramadan night prayer

Saudi Sheikh Saud al Shuraim held back tears as he recited the opening chapter of the Qur'an on the first night of Mecca's taraweeh prayers.

Anti-government movement continues in Lebanon with 'social distancing' protests

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Anti-government movement continues in Lebanon with 'social distancing' protests

Protests in Lebanon continue despite a crackdown on public gatherings, with anti-government demonstrators taking to their cars in an effort to ...

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Middle East braces for grim Ramadan amid coronavirus threat

People across the Middle East are looking forward to a bleak Ramadan as social activities, communal prayers, and nightly get-togethers are ...

Coronavirus could make a mirage of Saudi's Vision 2030

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Coronavirus could make a mirage of Saudi's Vision 2030

Comment: Mohammed bin Salman's grand plans to diversify the economy and reduce its oil dependency could be one of coronavirus' biggest ...

War-weary Yemenis eye a shaky ceasefire with suspicion

A Yemeni journalist

War-weary Yemenis eye a shaky ceasefire with suspicion

Comment: Five years of conflict have taught Yemenis that ceasefires are usually followed by a fresh surge in fighting on the frontlines, writes ...

Egypt religious authority advises pilgrims to donate Umrah funds

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Egypt religious authority advises pilgrims to donate Umrah funds

Egypt's official Islamic authority has invited Egyptians to donate funds they would have spent on their Umrah pilgrimage towards coronavirus ...

Up to 150 Saudi royals have coronavirus: report

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Up to 150 Saudi royals have coronavirus: report

Prince Faisal bin Bandar Abdulaziz Al-Saud, governor of Riyadh and nephew of King Salman, is currently in ICU care after being infected.

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Are religious groups undermining Pakistan's fight against Covid-19?

A large gathering held last month by the Tablighi Jamaat movement, together with lockdown violations by clerics and government incompetence, are being blamed for Pakistan's surge in Covid-19 cases.

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Saudi expects Covid-19 cases to spike to 200,000

Saudi Arabia's health minister warned that coronavirus cases in the kingdom may spike to up to 200,000 within weeks.

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Saudi imposes 24-hour virus lockdown in five cities

Saudi Arabia extended the duration of daily curfews in four governorates and five cities, including the capital, to 24 hours to combat ...

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Will coronavirus cancel Ramadan?

Ramadan is nearing - will the fasting month still be a time for family and togetherness as the novel coronavirus continues to spread?

Fear spreads faster than infection at Rohingya refugee camps

Anu Shukla

Fear spreads faster than infection at Rohingya refugee camps

The Bangladeshi government's ban on internet access for Rohingya refugees is causing panic and misinformation to spread faster than the ...

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Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive Saudi arrest campaign

Some of those arrested in the latest crackdown were reportedly figures close to the Saudi establishment.

Saudi urges Muslims to defer <em>hajj</em> plans over coronavirus

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Saudi urges Muslims to defer hajj plans over coronavirus

The annual hajj pilgrimage is a required rite for all able Muslims but Riyadh has told members of the faith to hold off on plans for ...

IMF approves $5bn in assistance to Somalia

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IMF approves $5bn in assistance to Somalia

Somalia's debt has been slashed as the IMF approved a multi-billion dollar package of assistance.

Turkey evicts students to quarantine thousands of pilgrims

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Turkey evicts students to quarantine thousands of pilgrims

Turkish government have ramped up measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, announcing the closure of bars, nightclubs and other ...

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