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Hajj

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  • Egypt reports its first case of MERS virus

    CAIRO — With the appearance of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in the Arab world's most populous country, health officials face a tough new challenge in confronting the often lethal virus. Egypt's Ministry of Health said Saturday that...
  • Deadly Middle East respiratory virus surge continues in Saudi Arabia

    Deadly Middle East respiratory virus surge continues in Saudi Arabia
    Eleven new cases of the occasionally fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, were reported in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, two days after the nation’s health minister was replaced. In the week ending Monday, 67 cases were reported of the...
  • News of the Weird: Mustache Implants Surge in Popularity

    News of the Weird: Mustache Implants Surge in Popularity
    Plastic surgeons in Turkey and France told CNN in November that mustache implants have suddenly surged in popularity as Middle Eastern men use their increased lip bushiness to convey power and prestige. Surgeons extract follicles from hairier parts of the...
  • Grappling with Abraham, Isaac and faith

    Grappling with Abraham, Isaac and faith
    The story in Genesis of Abraham's willingness to kill his son Isaac at God's command still gets a lot of attention. But it doesn't get a lot of love. In every broadside against religion, God's horrifying demand for a sacrifice and Abraham's acquiescence...
  • WHO raises concern about possible spread of MERS among hajj pilgrims

    The World Health Organization's emergency committee on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, met Wednesday. After hearing updates on the spread of the virus -- which as of Sept. 20 had killed 58 of the 130 people confirmed to...
  • Palestinian Authority at loggerheads with Hamas over Mecca pilgrims

    RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank, and its archrival Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, are at loggerheads over who is to go on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca this year. The Palestinian Authority's...
  • Afghanistan governor assassinated in mosque bombing

    Afghanistan governor assassinated in mosque bombing
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- A bomb placed in a mosque detonated during morning prayers Tuesday, killing the governor of eastern Logar province, Afghan officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the assassination of the governor, Arsallah...
  • Fear of virus halves turnout of Muslim faithful for hajj pilgrimage

    The Islamic world's annual pilgrimage to Mecca came to an orderly and peaceful conclusion Tuesday, with less than half as many Muslims taking part in the hajj this year due to fears that a Middle East-based respiratory illness could spread among the...
  • Who knew? German insomniacs watch NASA space feed all night

    A quirky habit of German insomniacs and "chill-out" music fans has come to world attention thanks to the U.S. government shutdown. "Space Night," a nearly 20-year-old late-night broadcast by Bavarian Television, provides a music-sharing platform against...
  • The worst good news possible: Mexico gets World Cup lift from U.S.

    MEXICO CITY -- Ouch. That is how chagrined Mexicans were reacting Wednesday to the latest twist in their sometimes-beloved (but not so much lately) national soccer team’s torturous efforts to reach the World Cup. First, the humiliation. Mexico...
  • The God Squad: From a non-Muslim, praise of Ramadan

    Happy Ramadan! I confess that, directed by your letters, I do not write enough about Islam or Muslim spiritual life. To help to correct my lacuna, I've decided not to let the holy Muslim month of Ramadan pass this year without sending along to all of you...