Heavy clashes erupted between protesters and security forces in Baghdad where thousands of protesters gathered in defiance of a plea by the prime minister to stand down.
Anti-government protesters continue to shut down roads and government offices in the Iraqi capital, escalating a month-long string of rallies demanding political change.
Iraqi officials said that twelve civilians have been killed and five wounded in an explosion on a bus at the main checkpoint for the northern entrance to Karbala.
The accident occurred at a major shrine where Shia pilgrims were marking the holy day of Ashura. Officials say another 100 people are injured.
Baghdad has become the centre of a tug of war between Washington and Tehran, but it's trying its best to maintain a balance between the two rivals while pursuing its own interests.
Opposition to Bahrain's monarchy has set up shop in Iraq and criticism within Iraq of Bahrain's crackdown on dissidents hasn't gone down well in Manama. The perceived interference in Bahraini affairs could set Iraq on a collision course with the GCC.
Millions of Muslims are gathering in the Iraqi city of Karbala for Arbaeen, one of Shia Islam's most important annual events. What exactly is it and why is it so important?
Shia Muslims observe the 9th and 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Lunar calendar, as special days of mourning over the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, during the battle of Karbala, Iraq in the seventh century.
Muharram is the first month in the Islamic year and fasting during this time holds a very special place within the Alevi, a community in Turkey that belongs to a branch of Shia Islam.
The expulsion of Daesh from Iraqi cities added an extra dimension to this year's pilgrimage.
Daesh targeted an area in southern Iraq used by Shia pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring Iran who are headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.
Two blasts on Friday, one in the Shia holy city of Karbala and another in a nearby town, killed at least 21 people and wounded more than 30.
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