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World Jul 30Pilgrims pray on peak day of hajj in shadow of coronavirus
Masked pilgrims arrived Thursday at Mount Arafat, a desert hill near Islam's holiest site, to pray and repent on the most important day of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage in Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
World Jul 27Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic
Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj as Saudi authorities balance the kingdom’s oversight of one of Islam’s key pillars and the safety of visitors in the face of a global pandemic.
Nation Jun 22Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus
Saudi Arabia has never canceled the hajj in the nearly 90 years since the country was founded.
Economy May 11Saudi Arabia triples taxes, cuts $26 billion in costs amid pandemic
Saudi Arabia has tripled taxes on basic goods, raising them to 15%, and has announced spending cuts of around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy.
World May 08Amid pandemic, the world’s working poor hustle to survive
From India to Argentina, untold millions who were already struggling to get by on the economic margins have had their lives made even harder by pandemic lockdowns, layoffs and the loss of a chance to earn from a hard day’s…
World May 07Foreigners on the frontlines of pandemic in Arab Gulf states
The global pandemic has drawn attention to just how vital foreigners are to the Arab Gulf countries where they work, particularly as countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman expel foreigners from certain sectors to create jobs for their own…
Health Mar 18Iran reports single biggest jump in coronavirus as 147 more die
It marks the biggest 24-hour rise in deaths since officials first acknowledged cases of the virus in Iran in mid-February.
World Mar 12Iran asks for billions in loans as virus death toll climbs
Iran asked the International Monetary Fund for a $5 billion loan to fight the coronavirus, the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that it has sought such assistance, in a staggering admission of how fragile its economy has become…
World Mar 08Saudis’ arrest of 2 princes called a warning to royal family
Saudi Arabia's King Salman was shown in state media Sunday in apparent good health and working, just days after the arrest of two senior princes triggered speculation about a possible coup attempt or a sudden deterioration in the king's health.
Nation Jan 22Phone of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos hacked after receiving file from Saudi prince
A forensic report that was commissioned by Bezos and shared with the U.N. experts assessed with “medium to high confidence” that his phone was infiltrated on May 1, 2018, via the MP4 video file.