Hajj 2017

Hajj 2016: More than 1.5m Muslims descend on Mina

On the first day of Hajj, Muslims gather at Mina, the scene of last year's deadly stampede in which hundreds died.

Hajj 2016: More than 1.5m Muslims descend on Mina

Hajj 2017

Hajj 2016: More than a million Muslims head to Mecca

About 1.5 million people from across the world are expected to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year.

Hajj 2016: More than a million Muslims head to Mecca

Humanitarian crises

Week in pictures: From Hajj 2016 to Hillary Clinton

From the start of Hajj to the US presidential elections, here is the week's news in pictures.

Week in pictures: From Hajj 2016 to Hillary Clinton

Politics

Saudi-Iran war of words escalates over Hajj row

Officials from Iran, Saudi trade verbal blows after countries fail to reach agreement on this year's pilgrimage.

Saudi-Iran war of words escalates over Hajj row

Middle East

Saudi Arabia and Iran trade accusations as Hajj nears

Rhetoric escalates between regional rivals Riyadh and Tehran over 2015 Hajj tragedy and this year's pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia and Iran spar over Hajj pilgrimage

Hajj 2017

Hajj 2016: Five-day ritual begins on September 10

The 2016 Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is a five-day ritual beginning on Saturday, September 10 and ending on the 15th.

Hajj 2016: Five-day ritual begins on September 10

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia introduces e-bracelets for Hajj safety

After last year's stampede that killed hundreds, Riyadh introduces new safety measures to monitor pilgrims' movements.

Hajj 2016: Saudi Arabia introduces bracelets for safety

Religion

Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj

Riyadh accuses Iranian officials of walking out of talks despite offers for "solutions" to Tehran's demands.

Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj

Iran

Iran delegation to visit Saudi over hajj preparations

After stampede that killed hundreds last year, Tehran invited to kingdom in first official trip since ties were severed.

Iran delegation to visit Saudi over hajj preparations

Weather

'Deadly' heat waves predicted for Gulf states by 2100

Study finds Gulf cities could "experience temperature levels that are intolerable to humans" if climate change persists.

'Deadly' heat waves predicted for Gulf states by 2100

The Listening Post

Iran, Saudi Arabia and the war over the Hajj disaster

We explore the 'war of words' between the regional rivals, and how both nations have tried to manage the media message.

The Listening Post

Mecca and the media

The battle for legitimacy in the Saudi-Iranian proxy war of words; plus, the deadly trade of journalism in Mexico.

Middle East

First Hajj stampede bodies arrive in Iran

Arrival of 104 bodies of pilgrims comes nine days after disaster that escalated tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

First Hajj stampede bodies arrive in Iran

Middle East

Iran nearly doubles its death toll from Hajj stampede

Iran's Hajj organisation says 464 Iranian pilgrims died in last week's stampede near Mecca that left 769 people dead.

 Iran nearly doubles its death toll from Hajj stampede

Middle East

Saudi Arabian Hajj stampede death toll rises

Saudi official says 769 people died in Thursday's Hajj stampede, as top religious leader backs state's response.

Saudi Arabian Hajj stampede death toll rises