For the millions of Muslims set to start the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca on Tuesday, the challenge of reaching the city where Islam was born has paled in comparison with finding their way once they got here.
Two US citizens, one British national and three Saudis held for months by Yemen's Houthi group were freed on Sunday and have arrived in Oman, US, British and Omani officials and Houthi sources said.
Dubai announced a three day mourning period after the 33-year old son of the Gulf emirate's ruler passed away.
Although the Saudi Arabian government has issued 20 percent fewer visas to foreign Muslims to attend the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca this year, the number of Chinese pilgrims allowed into the holiest city of Islam remains unchanged, the vice-president of the China Islamic Association said.
Australia has launched its first air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Defense Minister Kevin Andrews confirmed on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman vowed on Saturday to find out what caused a crane collapse that killed 107 people at Mecca's Grand Mosque ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
Three Chinese Muslims were among the injured after a massive crane smashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia on Friday.
As Iranian nuclear talks entered the final days in Austria, top diplomats from Iran and the West were desperately trying to seize the best opportunity they've had in 35 years to clinch a historic deal which could change the political landscape in the Middle East.
About 14,500 Chinese pilgrims are in Mecca now, no information of Chinese casualties yet as death toll has risen to 107 in crane crash in the grand mosque in Mecca, said Chinese consulate in Mecca.
At least 107 people were killed when a crane toppled over at Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said, less than two weeks before Muslim's annual haj pilgrimage.
About 14,500 Chinese pilgrims are in Mecca now, no information of Chinese casualties yet as death toll has risen to 87 in crane crash in the grand mosque in Mecca, said Chinese consulate in Mecca.
A heavy sandstorm swept across parts of the Middle East, killing two people and hospitalising hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting fighting and air strikes in neighbouring Syria.