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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered a swift investigation, as well as a safety review, after Thursday's stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage site of Mina which left at least 717 people dead and 863 hurt.

On its Friday front page, Saudi daily Al Yaum quotes the king as saying that "the massive development plans undertaken to upgrade Hajj services will continue without any break."

Health Minister Khaled al-Falih seemed to blame the tragedy on the victims, saying that "pilgrims moved without following instructions," a comment that sparked intense criticism, not least from Iran, the home country of most of the victims identified so far.

According to the BBC, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the Saudi government, saying "mismanagement and improper actions have caused this catastrophe." Witnesses interviewed by AFP also pointed out the police's tactics and unpreparedness.

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Fifty-five Russian servicemen arrive in Russia, after a mass prisoner swap with Ukraine on Wednesday, the largest since the beginning of the invasion on Feb. 24.

Chloé Touchard, Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Anne-Sophie Goninet

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Welcome to Thursday, where Ukraine and Russia announce the war's largest prisoner swap, the Trump family faces a lawsuit for fraud and Europe’s largest salt-water lagoon is now legally a “person.” Meanwhile, Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra reflects on his struggles as a stay-at-home father with a three-year-old and what it says about himself, and society’s evolving ideas about masculinity.

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