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Risk from MERS virus "very low" for haj pilgrims: WHO

LONDON (Reuters) - The risk from a new Middle East respiratory virus for millions of Muslims planning to go to the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia is very low and there is no need for pilgrims to be screened, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. Full story

Turks find solace in virtual pilgrimage as Saudi cuts haj quotas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of would-be pilgrims denied the chance to travel to Mecca made a virtual tour of the Muslim holy sites on Thursday after breaking their fasts next to an Ottoman mosque on Istanbul's Bosphorus shore. Full story

Indian relatives search for missing a month after 'Himalayan tsunami'

DEHRADUN, India (Reuters) - The pilgrims came seeking salvation and a place in heaven, but now their faces stare from banners and tatty flyers tacked to gates and walls of Indian villages and hill-towns. Full story

U.S. chicken sector boosted by fast-food items, costly beef

CHICAGO (Reuters) - This is a good year to be in the U.S. chicken business. Profits are up, production and prices are rising, fast-food restaurants are promoting chicken dishes, and feed costs appear headed lower thanks to expected large U.S. corn and soybean crops. Full story

Pilgrims hope Francis can revive Church with simple values

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pilgrims who flocked to Rome for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis on Tuesday had high hopes he can reform and revive the Catholic Church, bring it closer to ordinary people and focus global attention on helping the poor. Full story

Pilgrims look beyond pope

   Some Catholic pilgrims venturing to Rome for its many religious sites had the luck to catch the election of Pope Francis along the way.

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  At least 24 dead in Iraq violence

Attacks mainly targeting Shiite Muslim pilgrims in Iraq killed at least 24 people. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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