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UK seeks release of Briton facing 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia

2015-10-13 14:52

Britain says it is seeking the release of an elderly British man facing 350 lashes after being caught with homemade wine in Saudi Arabia, a sentence which his family says could kill him.

Family mourns Nigerian pilgrim who fled Boko Haram but died in Hajj crush

2015-10-09 09:49

Three years after his family fled their home in Nigerian to escape threats from Boko Haram, Mudasir Gambo must have thought his luck had changed when he won the ticket to attend the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Hundreds still missing a week after hajj stampede

2015-10-01 17:44

Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for a week after a hajj stampede killed hundreds more, with national tallies of the dead far exceeding figures provided by Saudi Arabia.

US judge dismisses 9/11 case against Saudi Arabia

2015-09-30 17:09

A US judge has dismissed claims against Saudi Arabia by families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, who accused the country of providing material support to al-Qaeda.

Saudi police: 1 100 photos not all of crush victims

2015-09-29 21:14

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says the nearly 1 100 photos given to foreign diplomats to help identify nationals who died in the hajj, are from the entire pilgrimage and not just the disaster near Mecca.

Helicopter attack kills 30 civilians in Yemen village

2015-09-27 21:25

Residents and medics say airstrikes by helicopters flying from Saudi Arabia have killed 30 civilians in a Yemeni village.

'They will trample on me' - hajj crush survivor relives ordeal

2015-09-26 22:30

Injured survivors of a hajj stampede that killed 769 people have recounted their struggle to survive, trapped among a surging crowd where escape routes were blocked.

'We can't find him' - lament of pilgrims after hajj disaster

2015-09-26 17:33

"We can't find him" was the lament of anxious relatives and friends as they scoured hospital wards and the morgue, two days after the disaster at the hajj.

Foreign toll in Saudi hajj stampede

2015-09-26 11:44

Saudi authorities have yet to provide a breakdown of the nationalities of the 717 pilgrims killed in Thursday's hajj stampede, but several foreign countries have announced the deaths of nationals.

Muslim pilgrims continue hajj rites after crush kills 700

2015-09-25 16:41

Muslim pilgrims have resumed the final rites of hajj after more than 700 people suffocated or were trampled to death when two waves of pilgrims collided in the deadliest disaster to strike the pilgrimage in a quarter-century.


Saudi leader denounces 'lies' after hajj tragedy

2015-10-10 07:22

A senior Saudi religious leader has denounced "lies" being spread about the kingdom after more than 1 350 people died during this year's pilgrimage.

Saudi hajj disaster over 1 360 killed

2015-10-08 22:24

A crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1 364 people during the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Iranian arms for Yemen rebels seized

2015-09-30 22:13

A Saudi-led military coalition supporting Yemen's government says it has seized an Iranian boat loaded with weapons bound for Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia insists Assad must go or be overthrown

2015-09-30 12:01

Syrian leader Bashar Assad must leave office or face being turfed out by force, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says, rejecting Russia’s bid to build support for its ally.

Indonesia criticises Saudi Arabia for hajj disaster response

2015-09-29 12:25

Indonesian officials are criticising Saudi Arabia's response to the hajj disaster in Mina, saying authorities in the kingdom prevented their diplomats from seeing initial data and blocked their immediate access to the dead.

'Death to House of Saud' say Iranians

2015-09-27 15:54

Hundreds of Iranians chanted 'Death to the treacherous House of Saud' outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

Hajj death toll rises to 769, Iran denounces 'crime'

2015-09-26 21:15

The death toll in a crush at the annual hajj pilgrimage outside Mecca has risen to 769, as neighbouring country Iran says Saudi officials should be tried in an international court for what it called a crime.

Hajj stampede beyond human control, says top Saudi cleric

2015-09-26 11:44

Saudi Arabia's top religious leader says a stampede which killed 717 pilgrims was beyond human control, official media reported on Saturday, the final day of this year's hajj.

No South Africans killed or seriously injured in hajj stampede

2015-09-25 17:46

No South Africans have been killed or seriously injured in the hajj stampede in Saudi Arabi, the department of international relations says.

PICS: Hajj stampede, devastating aftermath

2015-09-25 12:54

Hundreds of people have been killed in a stampede during the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca. Warning: Graphic images.

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