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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…