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Millions throng Iraq shrine for pilgrimage climax

Millions of Shiite Muslims, beating their heads and chests in mourning, packed the Iraqi city of Karbala Thursday for the culmination of one of the world`s largest religious events.

Crowds mass in Iraq's Karbala for mourning ritual

Huge crowds of black-clad Shi`ite faithful massed in the Iraqi city of Karbala on Saturday, crying and beating their chests to commemorate the 7th century killing of the prophet's grandson.

Iraq on 'high alert' for jihadist attacks on pilgrims

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.

Mobile phone services blocked in Pakistan

Pakistan blocked cellular services in over 50 towns and cities to prevent terror attacks on Shia processions to commemorate the slaying of Imam Hussein.