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The week in pictures: From Hajj 2016 to Hillary Clinton
From the start of Hajj to the US presidential elections, here is the week's news in pictures.
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Saudi Arabia and Iran spar over Hajj pilgrimage
Rhetoric escalates between regional rivals Riyadh and Tehran over 2015 hajj tragedy and this year's pilgrimage.
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33 Bangladesh pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia before Hajj
Thirty-three Bangladeshis, including several women who are in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj, have died from different ailments until now.
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Hajj 2016: Millions of Muslims start arriving in Mecca
More than 1.5 million people from across the world are expected to perform Hajj this year.
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Postcard From Mecca
Travel to Mecca with Diaa Hadid as she makes the holy Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj. Her daily dispatches will show the sights and sounds of an event that is expected to welcome two million people.
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My Hajj Reading List: Preparing for Mecca
Our correspondent shares her reading list before embarking on the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
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Hajj Prep: Search Soul, Buy Sturdy Shoes, Pay the Dentist
Diaa Hadid, a Times correspondent, is getting ready for her first hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. And her family and colleagues have plenty of advice.
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5 things you need to know Friday
The biggest news to start your day.       
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Chaotic but unforgettable: Experiencing Hajj
'Tis the Hajj season again. Once a year, millions of pilgrims dressed in white descend on Islam's holiest site: Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
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What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why
Our correspondent, who is in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, explains why Muslims, dressed in white, throw stones, kiss a large black rock and have a goat sacrificed.
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As hajj nears, Saudi Arabia aims to avoid another disaster
Saudi officials prepped for the pilgrimage to Mecca with steps aimed at avoiding another disaster.       
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Salt price hike worries Bangladesh hide traders ahead of Eid-ul-Azha
Hide traders at Posta in Old Dhaka fear rotting of large quantities of raw hides after the price of salt, an essential ingredient for preservation of hides, has soared.
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World Briefs: Mexico official resigns after Trump flap
MEXICO CITY — The fallout from a wildly unpopular meeting last week between President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico and Donald Trump appears to have cost Mr. Pena Nieto one of his closest Cabinet allies.
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5 killed in train derailment in Egypt
AL-AYAT, Egypt — A train went off the tracks south of Egypt’s capital, Cairo, on Wednesday, killing five people, according to the Health Ministry. Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said 27 people were injured in the accident in the al-Ayat area, about 31 miles south of Cairo. The cause of the accident was not immediately known,...
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Khaleda leaves for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj with Tarique 
Khaleda Zia has left for Saudi Arabia where she will perform this year’s Hajj with her family members including eldest son Tarique Rahman.
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Saudi man makes bizarre attempt to set himself ablaze in front of Kaaba (VIDEO)
A Saudi man, believed to be in his 40s, was captured by police as he was pouring gasoline on himself near the most sacred site in Islam, the Kaaba, just moments before he was able to set himself ablaze in a crowd full of pilgrims. Read Full Article at
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Helicopter Video of Tulsa Police Shooting
Footage from a police helicopter shows Tulsa officers approaching Terence Crutcher with guns drawn. One officer shot him. This video contains graphic violence.
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Eid al-Adha holiday: How many days is it by country?
Eid al-Adha is celebrated for four days but holidays in 2016 range from 12 days in Saudi Arabia to three in Pakistan.
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Why is Eid al-Adha 2016 not on September 11?
Eid was expected on September 11 but based on moon sighting the date confirmed by Saudi Arabia is September 12.
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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha holiday
(Reuters) - Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday on Monday, one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.
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Indonesia's Busiest Day for Butchers
Indonesia ​slaughtered​more than 600,000 animals on Monday, nearly a 10th of the ​livestock it normally butchers in the whole year, for one of the holiest celebrations in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Adha.
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Bombed and beleaguered, a Baghdad neighborhood takes stock on a key Muslim holiday
Kathem Hussein fondly remembers the year that he made more than $4,000 on the Day of Arafah, the holiest day on the Muslim calendar. This year, Hussein, a street vendor of men’s shoes, expected no such windfall. “We’ve had some customers, some signs of life, but nothing like we should be having,”...
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Muslims celebrate ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ in Moscow under 4,000 police watch (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Tens of thousands of Muslims have gathered at various locations in and outside Moscow to pray and celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice, dedicated to the Prophet Abraham. Some 4,000 Russian police were assigned to guard the festivities. Read Full Article at
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North Korea flooding kills 133, displaces 107,000: U.N.
SEOUL (Reuters) - Flooding from heavy rain in North Korea has killed 133 people in its northeast while 395 are missing, with many homes and critical infrastructure destroyed, a U.N. agency said on Monday.
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Bangladesh factory owner, others being probed as toll from fire rises
DHAKA (Reuters) - A police case has been filed against the owner of Tampaco Foils and several others working at the food and cigarette packaging plant near Dhaka as the death toll from a fire at the factory over the weekend rose to 31 on Monday.
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Austria may postpone presidential vote re-run in ruling due on Monday
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's government is expected to decide on Monday morning whether to postpone a scheduled re-run of May's presidential election, after some postal voters complained the seals on their ballot papers were faulty.
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Gulf states condemn law letting 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia
DUBAI (Reuters) - The Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday condemned a law passed by the United States Congress last week that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue the kingdom's government for damages.
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Explosion hits eastern Turkish city of Van: agency
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An explosion struck a central district in the city of Van in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast on Monday, and ambulances were dispatched to the area, but it was not immediately clear how many people were hurt, Dogan News Agency said.
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Afghan president expresses hope for peace deal with notorious warlord
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday a peace agreement with one of the country's most notorious Islamist warlords is close to being concluded, offering hope of progress toward ending decades of conflict.
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Fiji opposition MPs freed after what Amnesty calls 'brazen crackdown' on rights
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fijian police have released three opposition lawmakers detained over the weekend for criticizing the constitution in what Amnesty International described as a "brazen crackdown" on freedom of expression.
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China says has tightened judicial procedures to protect rights
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has tightened judicial procedures against illegally obtained evidence and upheld the presumption of innocence, state media said on Monday, as the country seeks to combat perceptions of human rights violations within Communist Party-run courts.
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Eid-splained: Five things to know
Five things to know about Eid al-Adha:
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World briefs: Britons may need visas to visit Europe, U.K. official says
LONDON  — Britain’s immigration minister says U.K. citizens may have to pay for visas to visit European Union nations after the country leaves the bloc.
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Drones keep watch as pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for haj climax
ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi authorities deployed drones to watch over nearly 2 million pilgrims as they ascended Mount Arafat at the climax of the haj on Sunday, part of stepped up efforts to avoid a repeat of last year's crush amid an escalating war of words with Iran.
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Muslim pilgrims throng to Saudi holy site for hajj
MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Nearly 2 million Muslims Sunday headed to Mount Arafat near the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to mark the peak of the annual hajj pilgrimage.Saudi authorities tightened security across the holy sites for the five-day Hajj that started on Saturday to prevent the recurrence of a stampede that caused hundreds of deaths last year.White-robed pilgrims set off for Mount Arafat at sunrise from the valley of Mina, about 4 miles northeast of Mecca.
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Hajj sermon calls for unity among Muslim leaders of the world
Muslim leaders of the world have been urged to work together regardless of their views and opinions to solve the problems plaguing Muslims every day.
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Eid Mubarak: Muslims get ready for holiday period
As the world's Muslims prepare for Eid, here are some images from across the world.
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Hajj 2016: Pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for key rite
On the second day of the Hajj, Muslims gather at Mount Arafat to mark the most important ritual of the pilgrimage.
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Obama, Kerry, Boris Johnson greet Muslims on Eid
US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have conveyed their Eid greetings to Muslims around the world.
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Muslim pilgrims begin hajj, but this year without Iranians
Close to 2 million people from around the world have begun performing the rites of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, which calls for entering into a state of physical and spiritual purity and circling the cube-shaped Kaaba with their palms facing upward in prayer.Notably absent this year are Iranian pilg...
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World briefs: Samsung warns customers not to use fire prone Note 7
SEOUL, South Korea  — Samsung Electronics on Saturday urged consumers to stop using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones immediately and exchange them as soon as possible, as more reports of the phones catching fire emerged even after the company’s global recall.
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Hajj 2016: More than 1.5m Muslims descend on Mina
On the first day of Hajj, Muslims gather at Mina, the scene of last years deadly stampede, which killed hundreds.
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1.5M Muslims begin annual pilgrimage to Mina
Sarah MuléMAKKAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Close to 1.5 million Muslims in Saudi Arabia have begun their annual Hajj from the Grand Mosque in Mecca to Mina, three miles to the east.
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What to Cook: What to Cook This Weekend
As fall approaches, get prepared with braised chicken legs, shrimp alla marinara and more.
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Saudis Round Off Security Measures Ahead of Saturday's Start to the Hajj
Hundreds of thousands of worshipers prayed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca a day before the start of the hajj pilgrimage, as Saudi Arabia completed security preparations, after a stampede killed hundreds of pilgrims last year.
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Saudi Arabia issues e-bracelets for hajj pilgrims after deadly 2015 stampede
Saudi Arabia has reportedly started issuing special e-bracelets to the members of the annual Hajj pilgrimage which is to start on Friday. The measure was introduced to avoid the repetition of the deadly 2015 stampede at the religious event which killed over 2,400 people. Read Full Article at
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What is the Hajj pilgrimage?
As millions of Muslims around the world make their way to the holy city of Mecca, we look at one of the world's largest public gatherings.
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Exclusive: Mecca mayor says no delays on pilgrimage expansion projects
MECCA (Reuters) - Construction projects to expand capacity at Mecca's Grand Mosque and other Islamic holy sites will be completed in about three years, enabling Saudi Arabia to accommodate more pilgrims, Mecca's mayor told Reuters on Friday.
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