While Muslims are supposed to undertake the Hajj at least once in their lifetimes, Saudi Arabia’s role in regional conflicts increases — so does the costs of annual pilgrimage it hosts.
What many saw as mild criticism from Canada turned into a diplomatic row suddenly altering thousands of Saudi lives around the world. Why did Saudi Arabia react the way it did?
Religious scholar Sheikh Safar al Hawali has been detained for criticising the Saudi royal family in his book. Hawali was previously jailed for opposing his country's ties to US troops.
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