Kidnapped Iraqi protesters return to Karbala following their release | AFP

Eleven Iraqi protesters who were kidnapped four days ago near Baghdad’s Al-Tahrir square arrive to the southern Iraqi city of Karbala following their release.

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Iraqi protesters clash with security forces in Iraq’s city of Karbala | AFP

Iraqi protesters clash with security forces in Iraq’s central city of Karbala as anti-government protests continue across the country. Iraq’s embattled premier announced Friday he would resign in keeping with the wishes of the country’s top cleric, as renewed violence added to a soaring death toll in two months of anti-government protests. IMAGES

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Anti-government protesters clash with Iraqi security forces in Karbala | AFP

Protesters clash with Iraqi security forces during an anti-government demonstration in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, south of Iraq’s capital Baghdad. IMAGES

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Iranians find joy in serving pilgrims on road to Karbala

Volunteers offer food to fellow pilgrims as thousands of Iranian Shiite Muslims make their way to the Mehran border point between Iran and Iraq, heading toward the central Iraqi shrine city of Karbala ahead of the Arbaeen religious festival. Arbaeen, which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorates the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein.

Shiite pilgrims in Iraq’s Karbala hail ‘revenge’ against IS

Shiite pilgrims pray Friday at the Imam Hussein shrine in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala during the Arbaeen religious festival, to mark the 40th day after Ashura and also celebrate the Islamic State group’s battlefield defeats.

Arba’een Pilgrimage: Thousands of Iranians gather at Mehran border crossing

Thousands of pilgrims cross Mehran border to mark Arbaeen in Karbala
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Shia Muslims mark Ashura festival with prayers and self-flagellation (GRAPHIC)

Muslims across the globe marked the religious festival of Ashura with parades, marches and some Shia worshipers participating in self-flagellation in remembrance of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein at the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

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Tribute to 3rd Imam: Shia Muslims celebrate Ashura in Iraq

Thousands of Shia Muslims are commemorating Ashura in Karbala, Iraq, paying tribute to the third Imam of Shia Muslims, Husayn ibn Ali. Participants are expressing sorrow for Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was martyred at the Battle of Karbala in October, 680 AD.

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VICE News Daily: Houthi Supporters in Yemen Rally Against the UN

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: supporters of the Houthi rebels say the UN is being one-sided in Yemen, Iraq destroys an Islamic State camp south of Baghdad, Indian schoolchildren handout 5,000 paper bags in a campaign against plastics, and gambling revenue in Las Vegas declines.

YEMEN
Houthi Supporters Rally Against UN
The special envoy is in Sanaa to negotiate a pause in fighting during the Muslim holy-month of Ramadan.

IRAQ
Government Forces Destroy Islamic State Camp
The site was used to launch attacks against Baghdad and the Shiite holy-site of Karbala.

INDIA
Students Raise Awareness Against Plastic Pollution
An estimated 40% of plastic waste goes unrecycled in India.

U.S.A.
Gambling Loses its Appeal as Las Vegas Tourism Booms
The industry’s revenue has declined by $200 million even though 2014 saw the largest number of visitors on record.

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