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More Than 2M Muslims Start Hajj Pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims on Tuesday started the first rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest pilgrimages that draws people from different countries to the holy city of Mecca to perform a series of rituals and prayers aimed at erasing past sins. Newly-arrived pilgrims circled the Kaaba, the black cube-shaped structure in Mecca's Grand Mosque toward which all Muslims pray. In a sign of humility and equality before God, the pilgrims shed symbols of...

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