The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Clerics Frown as Hajj Pilgrims Post Selfies

    The year of the selfie has come to Mecca. Since the hajj pilgrimage began earlier this week, social networks have been flooded with images of grinning pilgrims, sharing everything from the holy city’s stylish engineering upgrades to the ritual walk around the holiest site of Islam, the Kaaba. Unhappy religious scholars say selfies are anathema to the modest spirit of the hajj, but the snaps are granting non-Muslims – who are forbidden from entering Mecca – a unique insight into the ancient spiritual gathering.


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