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Millions descend on Makkah for Haj pilgrimage
Vast crowds of pilgrims, all dressed in white, flocked from early Thursday to Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia's west to take part in the main rituals of the annual Haj pilgrimage. Men, women, and children from 189 countries streamed to the site.
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