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Saudi Arabia has started pulling down a disaster-prone bridge near the city of Makka, days after more than 360 pilgrims were crushed to death there in the worst disaster to hit the Hajj pilgrimage in 16 years.

More than one million Muslims from around the world have arrived in

Saudi Arabia is a land of contrasts. Traditionally devout and one of the most insular of countries in the Middle East, the Saudi Arabian kingdom is a land of inconceivable wealth and extreme poverty.

Torrential rain in the holy city of Makka has left 12 people dead, and 50 injured, according to Saudi medical sources.

A Saudi dissident has said casualty figures among suspected armed dissidents and security forces killed in a Makka shootout are much higher than official figures suggest.
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