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19,000 to 25,000 Britons are believed to be in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage
Death toll has risen to at least 717 people, with an estimated 863 people injured
Around 100,000 security personnel will follow the pilgrimage
Violent storm believed to have toppled the crane, which crashed through the roof of the religious centre
From drunken nights out with a llama to testicle-eating fishes, it’s a mixed bag of stories you’ve been sharing on social media in 2013.
Among the top twenty Independent articles you’ve been tweeting and posting on Facebook this year, there are serious reports, ferocious comment pieces, astounding research and a fair few articles that pay tribute to the adage ‘the truth is stranger than fiction.’
It was only when the bodies were being put into temporary storage units at a hospital that Eisa moved and workers realised he was still alive
Rising problem of online fraud sees thousands of tourists paying for fake hotels, flights and trips
If you find yourself in Paris this weekend, you could do worse than call into Magnum Photos to get your holiday snaps taken by Martin Parr. The acclaimed chronicler of English suburbia and seaside will set up a studio on Rue Hégésippe Moreau between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday, taking portraits of the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Two backdrops – clouds or tropical flowers – are available and props, pets or costumes are encouraged. Part of Magnum Days, a weekend of events in Montmartre for photography lovers, the afternoon session may also invigorate Parr's working practice. He recently blogged: "The Fine Art and Documentary photographers take great pride in thinking themselves superior to the family snap shooter or the amateur photographer. However, after 30/40 years of viewing our work, I've come to the conclusion that we are too fairly predictable in what we photograph. I include myself in this and have been very careful to try and think of new territories to explore". An A4 signed print costs €250 while A3 goes up to €400. Not bad if you consider that Parr's 1998 portrait of a dog in sunglasses and a Fergie bow sold at auction two months ago for around $10,000 (€7,000).
The week in books
By murdering the politician he was supposed to protect, Mumtaz Qadri has become a hero for Islamists
India is being forced to confront disturbing evidence that increasingly suggests a secret Hindu terror network may have been responsible for a wave of deadly attacks previously blamed on radical Muslims.