Mecca

6 incredible pilgrimages around the world

Best-selling author and adventurer Bruce Feiler takes an epic journey traveling with contemporary pilgrims on six historic pilgrimages and explores how these sacred landscapes and revitalized routes are reshaping faith.

Global Politics

Saudi Arabia Detains Suspected Spies

Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people suspected of espionage, including one Iranian citizen. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Saudi journalist, Ahmed al Omran, about suspicion that Iraq may be involved in the alleged espionage.

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Business, Economics and Jobs

Cola for the Muslim World

Mecca Cola is a popular beverage in the Middle East, and now it's gaining ground in other Muslim parts of the world, and Correspondent Orlando de Guzman reports Mecca Cola is surpassing rivals Coke and Pepsi in predominantly Muslim regions of Thailand.

Lifestyle & Belief

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz, we were looking for the southernmost republic of the Russian Federation. The answer is Dagestan. The World's Quil Lawrence recently met some travellers from Dagestan on their way home from their pilgrimage to Mecca.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz - what time is it in Mecca, Saudia Arabia when it's noon time in Los Angeles - is 10pm. The BBC's Arab Affairs Analyst, Magdi Abdelhadi reports that some Muslims want to replace Greenwich Mean Time with Mecca Time.

Lifestyle & Belief

Geo quiz/global hit

For today's Geo Quiz we asked which one of the following ISN'T an actual town in the United States. Arabia, Nebraska -- Bagdad, California -- Cairo, Illinois -- Mecca, Indiana -- Palestine, Texas. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Jonathan Curiel about discovering traces of Arab and Islamic culture in unexpected places here in the US.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit

The World's Aaron Schachter recently met Pakistani singer Arieb Azhar. Azhar is not your typical Sufi singer. This vodka-drinking, bandana-wearing singer is breaking down barriers in Pakistan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz, we're looking for one of Islam's holiest cities. The answer is Mecca. Jake Warga traveled to a different mosque? the Jumeirah Mosque in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai, and sent us this sound piece.

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Palestinians Celebrate Eid

While a diplomatic maelstrom surrounds them, Palestinians celebrate the Eid al Adha holiday. It is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, complete with slaughtering of the sheep. The World's Matthew Bell has more.

Lifestyle & Belief

Concerns over H1N1 at the Hajj

It's the second day of the Hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. We speak to the BBC's Shahzeb Jillani, from the middle of the Hajj, about the fears, precautions and facts about the spread of the flu at this year's pilgrimage.