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Security Tight as Hajj Begins in Saudi Arabia

Nearly 2 million Muslims from across the globe have converged on Saudi Arabia for the annual five-day Hajj. Iran is boycotting this year's Hajj, citing Saudi “incompetence” and a poor response by health and safety officials. Masses of Iranian Shi'ites have instead converged on the holy Iraqi city of Karbala for an alternative pilgrimage. During last year’s pilgrimage, several hundred Iranians were among at least 2,000 people crushed to death in a stampede in Mecca. This is...

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