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A Muslim pilgrim stands on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca October 26, 2012. Nearly 3 million Muslim pilgrims started the first phase of the annual haj on Wednesday, travelling through packed streets from Mecca's Grand Mosque to the enormous camp at Mina just outside the Saudi Arabian city. Photo by Moemen Faiz