The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there.
Pope Francis arrives in Jordan Saturday at the start of a Middle East tour aiming to boost ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity itself.
Nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by rebels in Syria last year have been released, with signs that two Turkish pilots whose abduction was linked to their capture may also be freed.
The administration of the Spiritual Management of the Muslims of Kazakhstan transports up to $1.5 million in cash in a bag to Saudi Arabia.
At least 36 people were killed and several more injured after a coach carrying pilgrims plunged off a motorway flyover in southern Italy.
At least 22 people died in a stampede as pilgrims headed home from India's giant Kumbh Mela festival, which drew a record 30 million people to the banks of the river Ganges.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims led by naked ash-covered holy men streamed into the sacred river Ganges on Monday at the start of the world's biggest religious festival.
Kazakhstan received a Hajj quota for 5.5 thousand people this year.
Saudi Arabia's usually deserted Mina valley burst with life as more than three million Muslim pilgrims stoned pillars representing Satan on Friday, first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday.