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Spain's former king has been dogged by a corruption scandal involving Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims well up with tears of joy after being handpicked from among millions of Muslims vying for this year's hajj pilgrimage, which has been drastically curtailed due to coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia concludes downsized hajj amid pandemic

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia concludes downsized hajj amid pandemic

Only up to 10,000 Muslims took part in the hajj, a far cry from the 2.5 million who took part in the five-day annual pilgrimage last year.

In <em>Mecca</em>, dreams of a 'green hajj'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In Mecca, dreams of a 'green hajj'

This year's hajj, limited to a maximum of 10,000 attendees, was by all accounts literally a breath of fresh air.

Restricted Hajj hits Somalia's livestock economy

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Restricted Hajj hits Somalia's livestock economy

Exports are predicted to be sliced in half this year, primarily due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

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Muslim pilgrims perform last rites of hajj in Mecca

Pilgrims took part in one of the final stages of hajj - a symbolic stoning og the devil - using sanitised pebbles and maintaining social distancing

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WHO issues guidelines for Eid amid ‘stabilizing’ coronavirus situation

The WHO has issued a series of guidelines regarding religious gatherings and animal slaughter as Muslims across the world prepare to celebrate ...

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Hajj pilgrimage reaches peak day in shadow of coronavirus

The Saudi government said anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 would be taking part in this year's pilgrimage.

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Muslims begin downsized hajj amid coronavirus pandemic

A smaller than usual number of Muslims began the annual five-day hajj pilgrimage as Saudi Arabia imposed sanitary measures to contain the spread ...

Popular Saudi TV doctor admitted to hospital with coronavirus

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Popular Saudi TV doctor admitted to hospital with coronavirus

A popular Saudi TV doctor has been diagnosed with the potentially deadly coronavirus.

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First wave of pilgrims arrive in Mecca for hajj

Saudi authorities confirmed the first arrivals for this year's hajj pilgrimage, which has been scaled down to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Saudi officer arrested for patrolling <em>Mecca</em> streets on camel

The New Arab Staff

Saudi officer arrested for patrolling Mecca streets on camel

Saudi police were quick to arrest a security officer for patrolling the streets of Mecca on a camel, videos circulating online showed.

How the West lost influence in Libya's war

Stasa Salacanin

How the West lost influence in Libya's war

Libya's conflict has exposed deep divides within the EU and Nato, leaving non-Western powers to fill the vacuum.

Saudi authorities place influential Yemeni cleric under house arrest

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Saudi authorities place influential Yemeni cleric under house arrest

Saudi Arabia has placed Sheikh Abdul Majid Al-Zindani, an influential Yemeni cleric, with ties to the Islamist Islah party, under house arrest ...

Saudi officials: Scaled-down hajj pilgrimage to start July 29

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Saudi officials: Scaled-down hajj pilgrimage to start July 29

This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus ...

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Saudi cleric ridiculed after tweeting 'erotic' poem after prayers

Adil Al-Kalbani, former imam Mecca's Great Mosque, tweeted an 'erotic' poem about a woman biting her lip and eating berries.

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Dubai deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan praises British colonialism

Dubai's controversial deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan sparked an uproar on social media after he praised British colonialism.

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New at Saudi hajj: Bottled holy water, sterilised pebbles

The Kingdom has released a number of important guidelines in an effort to control the potential spread of Covid-19 as the country slowly opens ...

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Saudi Arabia unveils health guidelines for Hajj amid pandemic

Pilgrims will be mandated to wear face masks during ritual.

Saudi Arabia opens hajj registration for foreign residents

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Saudi Arabia opens hajj registration for foreign residents

Foreign residents in the kingdom can now register for this year's limited hajj registration, Saudi Arabia said on Monday.

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Saudi Arabia virus cases surge past 200,000

Saudi Arabia has seen an uptick in both confirmed infections and deaths from the Covid-19 illness since easing movement restrictions in late May.

Saudi poll on legalising alcohol blasted as 'cyber crime'

The New Arab Staff

Saudi poll on legalising alcohol blasted as 'cyber crime'

The Twitter-vote has received nearly 16,000 comments, many of which characterise the proposal as an affront to public decency.

Saudi Arabia's erasure of its Ottoman history will backfire

Muhammed Nafih Wafy

Saudi Arabia's erasure of its Ottoman history will backfire

Comment: Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from its Ottoman past to fuel its rivalry with Turkey, whipping up jingoistic sentiments, and ...

Medieval tombstones unearthed in <em>Mecca</em> car park

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Medieval tombstones unearthed in Mecca car park

A dig in a car park in the Muslim holy city of Mecca has delivered some unexpected results.

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