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Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a "terrorist action" against the Grand Mosque in Mecca - Islam's holiest site.
Tehran will not send its citizens to Saudi Arabia this year to perform Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
A Saudi woman has won a seat on Mecca's municipal council in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia's first elections open to female voters and candidates.
The disaster was the second to strike the region in two weeks, after a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 109 people.
The biggest religious holiday in the Islamic world has been bittersweet for New Zealand's Muslim community this year after two deadly tragedies in Mecca.
The death toll in a crush outside Mecca has risen to 769 amid calls from Iran for Saudi officials to be tried in an international court for what it calls a crime.