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Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the seventh century killing of Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammed's grandson, by followers of Caliph Yazid, and falls on Thursday.

After a brief decline last month, coronavirus infections and deaths are now surging in Tehran, with the rest of the country likely to follow

Anti-Shia protesters march for second day in Karachi

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Anti-Shia protesters march for second day in Karachi

Vast crowds of men thronged downtown Karachi - Pakistan's largest city and a major business and industrial hub - many of them waving pro-Sunni flags and chanting Sunni-power slogans.

Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

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Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his east Baghdad ...

Iraq warns it may 'lose control' over coronavirus

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Iraq warns it may 'lose control' over coronavirus

Officials have blamed 'large gatherings' without social distancing, including recent commemorations of Ashura.

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Saudi court sentences seven to death for 2014 killings

Seven defendants were handed the death penalty and three others given 25-year prison terms after being convicted of killing seven people during Ashura in Saudi Arabia's Shia region

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Iraqi mob torches TV station for over 'festive' show

A mob stormed and set fire to an Iraqi television station Monday over its airing of a 'festive' programme on a religious day of mourning.

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Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite virus

Small clusters of pilgrims gathered outside the main mosque, wearing the customary black mourning clothes along with less traditional masks and ...

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Nasrallah reveals Hezbollah rejected US 'money and power' deal

The United States allegedly approached Hezbollah and offered it money and power, the group's leader said on Saturday.

Shia-Sunni brawl leaves two dead, 10 hurt in Lebanon

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Shia-Sunni brawl leaves two dead, 10 hurt in Lebanon

The army deployed in Khalde and arrested four suspects by the early evening, but shooting could still be heard intermittently in the area, local ...

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Shia pilgrims gather for mourning month in Iraq

Pilgrims in Iraq attend a shrine during the holy month despite coronavirus fears.

After port disaster, Lebanon braces for coronavirus lockdown

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After port disaster, Lebanon braces for coronavirus lockdown

Lebanon is set for another lockdown due to covid-19 following the deadly explosion at Beirut port.

Iran Guards warn US after receiving new combat vessels

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Iran Guards warn US after receiving new combat vessels

Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf.

Iraqi pilgrims protest corruption during annual Arbaeen march

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Iraqi pilgrims protest corruption during annual Arbaeen march

Amid the throngs of black-clad pilgrims mourning the seventh-century death of Imam Hussein, Sadr supporters dressed in white demanded 'No, to ...

Seven killed in Baghdad suburb despite anti-IS sweep

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Seven killed in Baghdad suburb despite anti-IS sweep

Security sources in Iraq on Sunday said a number of people were killed in the capital despite the army recently declaring the area swept of ...

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Iraqi Shia holy city of Karbala mourns stampede deaths

Tuesday’s tragic incident was the deadliest mass stampede in recent history during the Shia holy day of Ashura, whose commemorative marches were previously targeted by Sunni extremist groups.

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Malaysia detains dozens of Shias in new crackdown

Religious authorities in Selangor confirmed the arrests and said it was because Shia teachings are banned in the state, the official Bernama ...

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Iraqi cleric Sadr joins Supreme Leader at Iran ceremony

Moqtada Sadr's surprise visit comes at a time of deep political divisions among Iraq's Shia factions, and as Baghdad tries to walk a tightrope ...

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31 Shia pilgrims killed in stampede in Karbala

31 pilgrims have been killed in a stampede as Shia Muslims flocked to the Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate Ashura, the anniversary ...

Lebanon bans drones during <em>Ashura</em> following Israeli attack

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Lebanon bans drones during Ashura following Israeli attack

Lebanon's army has warned citizens against the use of drones during upcoming Ashura commemorations following an alleged Israeli attack ...

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Hezbollah chief says response to Israeli drone attack ‘decided’

The head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, says that his group has 'decided' a response to an Israeli drone attack on Hezbollah’s stronghold in ...

Afghan bomb targets Kabul pilgrims during Nowruz celebrations

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Afghan bomb targets Kabul pilgrims during Nowruz celebrations

At least six were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, on Persian New Year.

Bahrain makes arrests following 'chaos' during <em>Ashura</em> commemorations

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Bahrain makes arrests following 'chaos' during Ashura commemorations

Bahrain has arrested 15 people during its latest crackdown on government opponents from the country's Shia majority.

Syrian child drowns on Lebanon coast after boat capsizes

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Syrian child drowns on Lebanon coast after boat capsizes

A child has drowned after a boat carrying 39 migrants heading for Europe capsized off the northern Lebanese coast.

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