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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.

Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite virus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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 gloves.

Shia mourning rituals ring with Iraq's demands for justice

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia mourning rituals ring with Iraq's demands for justice

The tradition of mixing pilgrimage with protests far predates the Iraq's 2019 protest movement.

Iraqi coronavirus cases top 200,000

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqi coronavirus cases top 200,000

According to the Iraqi health ministry, 201,050 Iraqis have contracted the virus, including 6,353 who have died.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia pilgrims gather for mourning month in Iraq

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

Imogen Lambert

Syria's White Helmets warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Idlib

The White Helmets have warned of a 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Idlib as civilians are displaced further north into the province, with their ...

Imogen Lambert

Assad wants to obliterate Idlib. Can Turkey stop him?

Analysis: As battle fronts are redrawn in Syria's north, will Idlib, the country's last remaining rebel stronghold, be spared a major regime ...

The New Arab

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 ...

Iran orders newspaper shut down over sex change story

The New Arab & agencies

Iran orders newspaper shut down over sex change story

The Sedayeh Eslahat newspaper was forced to close after publishing an article on female-to-male gender reassignment surgery, Iran media reported.

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Muslims, Jews, Copts mark New Year celebrations across globe

This year, the New Year falls on 9/11, a fraught coincidence that has raised fears about a backlash against Muslims in New York and elsewhere ...

The significance of Jalal Talabani's death for Iraq

Paul Iddon

The significance of Jalal Talabani's death for Iraq

Analysis: The veteran Kurdish statesman may yet, even in death, bring together feuding Iraqi and regional politicians and help solve an ...

Millions of Muslims mark Ashura with anti-terror slogans

The New Arab

Millions of Muslims mark Ashura with anti-terror slogans

Ashura is the tenth day of the Muslim month of Muharram, which marks the seventh century killing of revolutionary leader and grandson ...

Iran mourns young soldier beheaded by IS in Syria

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Iran mourns young soldier beheaded by IS in Syria

Thousands in Iran mourned on Wednesday mourned the slaying of 25-year-old Revolutionary Guard soldier Mohsen Hajji, beheaded by the Islamic ...

Islamic New Year: Seven fast facts you should know

The New Arab

Islamic New Year: Seven fast facts you should know

Muslims around the world are observing the Islamic New Year on Thursday, here are seven fast facts you should know about the event.

Nargess Moballeghi

From bloodletting to blood donation: Remembering Muharram's universal message

One London mosque has hosted an NHS blood donation drive, embracing the universal teachings of Hussain in a positive light, and celebrating the diversity of its community, writes Nargess Moballeghi

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'All's good in Mosul' claim residents in IS video

IS-affiliated media has released a video of street interviews with Mosul residents as the long-awaited assault to retake the city began.

The New Arab

Why was Morgan Freeman at a London mosque?

The renowned actor caused a stir on social media after he joined the Shia community observing a sermon on the eve of Ashura.

Shenaz Kermalli

The guise of religion: Using Ashura for political gain

Comment: Shenaz Kermalli explores how the narrative of martyrdom around Ashura is used by the Iranian government to garner support for its ...

Millions in Karbala to mark seventh century Ashura battle

The New Arab

Millions in Karbala to mark seventh century Ashura battle

Millions of Shia Muslim pilgrims flocked to Karbala in Iraq on Wednesday to commemorate the killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson.

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Bahrain warns against 'political protests' during Shia-Muslim festival

Bahraini authorities are on high alert ahead of a day of morning for Shia-Muslim followers, as the security services continue to extinguish ...

Islamic State blasts targets Baghdad's Shia mourners

The New Arab

Islamic State blasts targets Baghdad's Shia mourners

Double Islamic State blasts rocked the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing dozes of Shias commemorating the first day of Muharram, ...

Over 2,000 Iraqis killed or injured in September violence

The New Arab

Over 2,000 Iraqis killed or injured in September violence

More than 600 Iraqis - mostly civilians - lost their lives in violence last month, as the war between pro-government forces and the Islamic ...

Why can't I be a Sushi?

Raya al-Jadir

Why can't I be a Sushi?

At a time when Sunni-Shia conflict rages throughout much of the Muslim world, British-Iraqi filmmaker Hoda Elsoudani's new film asks... why not ...

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