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Reports: Trials Soon in Deadly Saudi Crane Collapse

Suspects are to face trial in Saudi Arabia over a deadly crane accident that killed more than 100 people at Islam's holiest site, local media reported on Wednesday.

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Indonesian Stampede Toll Hits 41, Officials 'Race against Time'

The number of Indonesians killed in a stampede at the hajj rose to 41 Monday with scores more still missing, an official said, warning Jakarta faces a "race against time" to identify its citizens who died.

The stampede on Thursday during a ritual stoning of the devil near the holy Saudi city of Mecca killed 769 people, the worst disaster to strike the annual Muslim pilgrimage in a quarter of a century. 

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Iran Presses Saudi over More than 340 Missing Pilgrims

Iran urged Saudi Arabia on Saturday to locate more than 340 of its nationals still missing in the aftermath of the deadly stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage.

So far, 136 Iranians are known to have been killed and 102 injured, said the head of Iran's hajj organisation, Said Ohadi, in the worst tragedy in a quarter-century at the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites in western Saudi Arabia.

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Hariri: Nasrallah's Rhetoric Dims Hopes for President, Settles Political Scores with Saudi Arabia

Al-Mustaqbal movement leader Saad Hariri criticized on Saturday Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's position saying that the latter has linked the fate of Lebanon's presidency to that in Syria, dimming the hopes to have a head of state.

“Sayyed Hassan has announced that Lebanon will not have a president before knowing the fate of the presidency in Syria,” said Hariri via twitter.

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Hajj Stampede beyond Human Control, Says Top Saudi Cleric

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.

The stampede was the worst disaster in a quarter-century to strike the annual event and drew fierce criticism of the Saudi authorities' handling of safety, particularly from regional rival Iran.

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Erdogan Defends Saudis after Mecca Tragedy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to Saudi Arabia's defense on Friday as blame shifted towards the Saudi authorities after a stampede at the hajj pilgrimage killed at least 717 people. 

"I do not sympathize with the hostile statements against Saudi Arabia," Erdogan told journalists.

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Stampede Kills 717, Hurts 863 in One of Worst-Ever Hajj Tragedies

A stampede killed at least 717 people and injured hundreds more at the hajj in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in one of the worst-ever tragedies at the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

It was the second deadly accident to hit the pilgrims this month, after a crane collapse in Mecca killed more than 100.

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Fire Forces 1,500 Pilgrims from Mecca Hotel

A fire forced some 1,500 people from their hotel in the Saudi city of Mecca on Monday as hundreds of thousands gathered for the hajj pilgrimage, the civil defense department said.

Four Yemeni pilgrims sustained minor injuries following the pre-dawn fire in a 15-story hotel, state news agency SPA quoted the department as saying.

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Probe Report Filed on Saudi Crane Tragedy

Two days after a crane collapse killed 107 people at Mecca's Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia, the region's governor on Sunday filed an investigative report, official media said.

Prince Khaled al-Faisal "has submitted today the results of the investigation," the Saudi Press Agency said.

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Mecca Crane Collapse Highlights City's Development Boom

The deadly collapse of a construction crane in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca has highlighted the controversial pace of high-end urban development in the birthplace of Islam.

More than 100 people died on Friday when the crane toppled into a courtyard of the Grand Mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, during a thunderstorm.

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