Castro’s ashes arrive in Santiago after journey across Cuba

Castro’s ashes arrive in Santiago after journey across Cuba

The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba’s late communist leader Fidel Castro capped an island-wide journey on Saturday, reaching the cradle of his revolution for a final rally before burial. Tens of thousands of people cheered as the olive-green jeep that has pulled the cedar urn with Castro’s remains across Cuba since Wednesday rolled into […]

Saudi hospitals at the ready as millions of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca

Saudi hospitals at the ready as millions of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca

A year after a stampede killed some 2,300 people at the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi hospitals are preparing for the annual influx of visitors while authorities have begun issuing identification bracelets for those taking part. The bracelets are an attempt to offer reassurance to some pilgrims, though their distribution has been far from systematic […]