Mecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Chinese pilgrim Ni Haoyu welled up with tears of joy after being handpicked from among millions of Muslims vying for this year’s hajj pilgrimage, which has been drastically curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Up to 10,000 people residing in Saudi Arabia are allowed to […]

Mecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Wednesday begins hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history. Up to 10,000 people residing in the kingdom will participate in the Muslim ritual, […]

Saudi Arabia moved Monday to halt all international flights and travel in the face of a new strain of COVID-19 reported in the U.K. that experts say is spreading faster than previous mutations. The Times of India reported that a notice from the country’s General Authority of Civil Aviation issued a […]