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Man commits suicide at Makkah’s Masjid al Haram

MAKKAH: A man has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah city, Saudi and French officials said on Saturday. “A foreigner threw himself from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah” to the courtyard below, “resulting in his instant death”, Saudi police told the Kingdom's official SPA news agency. A French foreign ministry official told AFP in Paris that the dead man was French but gave no further details. The body was transported to the hospital, with an investigation underway…

Saudi Arabia to restart Masjid al-Haram expansion

DUBAI: Saudi Binladin Group will restart work next month on the $26.6 billion expansion of Masjid al-Haram (the Grand Mosque) in Mecca, nearly two years after work stopped in the wake of a crane collapse at the site that killed 107 people, sources told Reuters on Thursday. Work will resume after the annual haj pilgrimage, and Saudi Binladin will pay outstanding salaries owed to staff involved in the project beginning on Aug. 20, according to a notice that the company sent to banks and which was seen by Reuters. Banking…