The police in Saudi Arabia on Saturday arrested 33 people with reported links to a terror attack that killed five people earlier this week, a media report said.
Hundreds of thousands of ITuesday, braving the threat of jihadist attack to mark one of the holiest days of their faith.
Five people were killed and nine injured in a shooting on Monday night in a mostly Shia neighbourhood of eastern Saudi Arabia, police said, as the area prepared to celebrate the Shia festival of Ashura.
Iraq stepped up security amid fears of the Islamic State group launching major attacks as thousands of Shiites flocked on Monday to the shrine city of Karbala for an annual pilgrimage.
Against the backdrop of a string of sectarian attacks that have killed dozens, President Asif Ali Zardari appealed to people to forget their "petty differences".
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday paid homage to the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura (the 10th day of mourning in Muharram).
At least seven people, including three children, were killed and 30 others were wounded at a Shi’ite Muslim procession in northwestern Pakistan.
The move appears aimed at reducing friction with the kingdom`s minority Shiites on the first day of Ashura.
Ashura marks end of 10-day rituals to mourn the death of Hazrat Imam Hussein.
Iran said on Monday several foreign citizens were arrested during clashes between opposition supporters and security forces during a religious festival last month, state television reported.
Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims descended on the holy shrine city of Karbala on Saturday for the climax of Ashura commemorations, despite fears of violent attacks by Sunni extremists.
Day in Pics: 30th January
Showbiz World - January 30, 2015