The threat may be to stop people from using closed schools and universities as an excuse to go to the Caspian Sea and other Iranian vacation spots, as images circulated of long lines of traffic of people trying to reach those places.
While Pakistan's ties with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are more concrete than their Iranian ties, Pakistan still marches to its own tune.
Perhaps a metaphor for Lebanon’s complex cultural mosaic, the fighter is married to a Christian woman, has fought in Syria for several years but says that what he and all other Shia men really want is jobs, healthcare and a decent education.
Muqtada Sadr's alliance will retain all 54 seats it won to become the biggest bloc in Iraq's parliament, the electoral commission says after a manual recount of votes that was ordered by Supreme Court after allegations of fraud in May's election.
The expulsion of Daesh from Iraqi cities added an extra dimension to this year's pilgrimage.
As Iran consolidates its influence in the Arab world American policy continues to be in disarray.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Qatar had called for the internationalisation of the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage and called it a declaration of war against the kingdom, but Doha says it never made such a demand.
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