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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6.  
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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Muslim pilgrims walk near Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims walk near Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims walk near Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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An aerial view of Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 12.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas

An aerial view of Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 12. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

An aerial view of Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 12. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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A pilgrim rests as he arrives in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during his Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A pilgrim rests as he arrives in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during his Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A pilgrim rests as he arrives in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during his Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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An aerial view of Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 12. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

An aerial view of Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 12. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

An aerial view of Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 12. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 5. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 5. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 5. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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British cyclists who are pedaling all the way from London to Medina, chat at their camp in Arafat, during their haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. They are cycling to raise almost half a million pounds to build wells, schools and mosques in five villages in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Uganda.  
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British cyclists who are pedaling all the way from London to Medina, chat at their camp in Arafat, during their haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. They are cycling to raise almost half a million pounds to build...more

British cyclists who are pedaling all the way from London to Medina, chat at their camp in Arafat, during their haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. They are cycling to raise almost half a million pounds to build wells, schools and mosques in five villages in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Uganda. REUTERS/Muath Frej
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims, some holding parasols, pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10.   REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims, some holding parasols, pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims, some holding parasols, pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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One year old Indonesian boy Samsirul Rizki bin Samirudin sits beside her mother as pilgrims begin gathering in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during their Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

One year old Indonesian boy Samsirul Rizki bin Samirudin sits beside her mother as pilgrims begin gathering in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during their Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9....more

One year old Indonesian boy Samsirul Rizki bin Samirudin sits beside her mother as pilgrims begin gathering in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during their Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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A pilgrim sleeps as after he arrives in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during his Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A pilgrim sleeps as after he arrives in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during his Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A pilgrim sleeps as after he arrives in Arafat to mark haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during his Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 9. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims, some holding parasols, pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims, some holding parasols, pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslim pilgrims, some holding parasols, pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 6. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims leave after a pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims leave after a pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims leave after a pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 10. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 8. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
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Saudi security officials monitors screens connected to surveillance cameras at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 5. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Saudi security officials monitors screens connected to surveillance cameras at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 5. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Saudi security officials monitors screens connected to surveillance cameras at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 5. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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