Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa BangkokAn extra 10,000 Malaysians could travel to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj, the once-in-a-lifetime obligatory pilgrimage for devout Muslims, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday.“When the Hajj situation returns to normalcy after the Covid-19 pandemic, we will get the additional quota for our pilgrims,” Muhyiddin said, after meeting Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman in Riyadh.The announcement came at the end of Muhyiddin’s four-day visit to the kingdom.The Hajj usually draws up to 2 million Muslims to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. However the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions limited the 2020 Hajj to around 1,000 people already in Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia has not yet announced how many people can attend the Hajj this summer.Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who accompanied Muhyiddin to Saudi Arabia, said the increased quota will be “subject to the Kingdom’s approval for the Hajj this year, whether their SOPs [standard operating procedures] will limit pilgrims etc.” The annual Hajj quota is usually 0.1 per cent of the population for each of the 57 countries that are part of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Around 60 per cent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are Muslim, giving the country a previous quota of just under 32,000. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES France demands release of French academic in Iranian jail Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Russian-led forces begin departure as stability returns to Kazakhstan Jan 14, 2022 0 0 1960s music icon Ronnie Spector dies at 78 Jan 14, 2022 0 0 OSCE gives warning of war but no solutions in stand-off with Russia dpa Vienna Diplomats warned of a possible military escalation between European nations and Russia on Thursday, but offered no solutions in the face of searing tensions. They were speaking at a meeting of the .. Queen strips Prince Andrew of honorary military roles dpa London Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has agreed to strip the Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, of his honorary military roles and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace has announced. The move is a major blow to Andrew who is .. Iran, Venezuela lose voting rights at UN General Assembly dpa New York Iran and Venezuela have temporarily lost their voting rights at the UN General Assembly because of payment arrears. In a letter published Wednesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the minimum .. Germany hopes faster vaccine drive will lessen record Omicron wave Berlin: The vaccination rate appears to be picking up in Germany, as the government tries to meet its target of having 80 per cent of the population double-vaccinated by the end of the month. Some 780,000 doses of .. Nigeria to lift Twitter ban after more than half a year dpa Lagos Twitter is to become accessible again in Nigeria after the government said on Wednesday it would lift a ban on the microblogging website in place for seven months. After talks with the US company, it was agreed .. Hundreds of schools evacuated in Russia due to wave of bomb threats Moscow: Russian schools received a barrage of anonymous bomb threats on Thursday, with more than 100 schools evacuated in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk alone, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported. In other ..