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Muslim Hajj Crowds Thinned By Virus Concerns

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October 13, 2013 AT 6:02 AM
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Muslims from across the world poured Sunday into a sprawling tent city in the Saudi desert before the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, but the number of the pilgrims this year has been reduced in part by concerns over a respiratory virus centered in the Arabian peninsula.