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Muslim Hajj: From Religious Ritual to Lucrative Business. Mecca

Muslim Hajj: From Religious Ritual to Lucrative Business

Attended annually by two to three million people from all over the world, the Hajj ritual is the fifth pillar of Islam required of Muslims who are able physically and financially to perform it at least once in their lifetime.
UAE Punishes Somalia for Its Stance on Ongoing Gulf Crisis

UAE Punishes Somalia for Its Stance on Ongoing Gulf Crisis

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) persuaded Bahrain, Egypt, Mauritania, the Maldives, the Comoros, Mauritius, the Yemeni government of Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi, and the Libyan Tobruk regime to break off diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Uncertain Outlook in Egypt in Wake of Presidential Elections

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi’s landslide victory in the recent national elections was a foregone conclusion long before the polls opened on March 26. As predicted, Sisi won a second term, securing 92 percent of the alleged 23 million votes cast.

Short and Long-Term Repercussions of U.S. Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem

The United States relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14 after a controversial decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.