Previous cease-fires failed to hold in the towns, where Sunnis and Shiite residents are besieged. But a realization that both sides benefit is generating hope this one, to be overseen by the UN, will succeed.
High winds caused a massive crane to fall and smash into Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing at least 107 people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage, the head of Saudi Arabia's civil defense directorate said Saturday.
A crane crashed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca during a thunderstorm Friday, killing at least 87 people and injuring 184. Authorities did not provide details on the victims' nationalities, but it is likely the tragedy will touch several countries.