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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 3, 2020 Muslim worshippers walk around the sacred Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. – Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off this year’s hajj pilgrimage for the first time in its modern history, a perilous decision as coronavirus cases spike. With the annual ritual in doubt, Muslim nations are pressing Riyadh to give its much-delayed decision on whether the hajj will go ahead as scheduled in late July. But as the kingdom negotiates a call fraught with political and economic risks in a tinderbox region, time is running out to organise logistics for one of the world’s largest mass gatherings. (Photo by – / AFP)

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