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Saudi Arabia gives haj death toll

Saudi Arabia said that 270 Muslim pilgrims were killed in this week's stampede at the annual haj near the holy city of Mecca in the kingdom, Reuter reports from Dubai. An official statement, the first on Monday's stampede, said 127 victims had so far been identified. They included Arabs, Africans, Asians and two Europeans.