Hotels with a views of Islam's holiest site offer convenient accommodation to Muslim devotees. However, with prices starting at around $1,000 per night, only the wealthiest pilgrims can afford to stay in them.
On the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival, more than 2 million pilgrims attended the symbolic ritual of stoning the devil near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.
One of the main suspects behind the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has been extradited to the country. More than 250 people were killed in a string of attacks at churches and hotels across the island.
The six-day Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj welcomed 1.6 million Muslims as relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia remain tense. Many Egyptians have been unable to afford the journey as the economy splutters.
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