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'Something was going to happen,' pilgrim feared before tragedy
'Something was going to happen,' pilgrim feared before tragedy

Sirens wailed and helicopters hovered overhead as dozens of ambulances brought in victim after victim from a stampede that killed more than 700 in the holy Saudi valley of Mina.

'Something was going to happen,' pilgrim feared before tragedy
Mecca crane collapse highlights city's development boom
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.

Mecca crane collapse highlights city's development boom
Crane collapse kills 107 at Mecca's Grand Mosque ahead of hajj
Crane collapse kills 107 at Mecca's Grand Mosque ahead of hajj

At least 107 people died when a massive construction crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque, with scores more injured, Saudi authorities said, days before the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Crane collapse kills 107 at Mecca's Grand Mosque ahead of hajj
Four Kazakhstan citizens injured in car accident during Hajj
Four Kazakhstan citizens injured in car accident during Hajj

Kazakhstan received a Hajj quota for 5.5 thousand people this year.

Four Kazakhstan citizens injured in car accident during Hajj
Kazakhstan pilgrims to depart for Mecca after October 15
Kazakhstan pilgrims to depart for Mecca after October 15

5,000 hajj quotas have been allocated to Kazakhstan this year, Spiritual Management of Muslims press-secretary Agabek Sydykov said.

Kazakhstan pilgrims to depart for Mecca after October 15
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister to visit Mecca

Kazakhstan delegation led by Foreign Minister will take part in the 4th emergency summit of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister to visit Mecca
Hajj will be $300 more expensive for Muslims from Kazakhstan in 2011
Hajj will be $300 more expensive for Muslims from Kazakhstan in 2011

Hajj-package for pilgrimage to Mecca will cost $3,700 in 2011, which is $300 more expensive than last year.

Hajj will be $300 more expensive for Muslims from Kazakhstan in 2011

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