A series of explosions rocked major Iraqi Shi'ite shrines in Baghdad and the holy city of Karbala today (Tuesday) amid solemn religious observances. News reports say scores of people were killed and many more were wounded. In Baghdad, at least four blasts occured in the area of the Kazimiya shrine, in one of the city's Shi'ite neighborhoods. At least five explosions were reported in Karbala, where Shi'ites from many countries have been observing religious ceremonies of Ashura.
A long-time aide to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been gunned down by unidentified assailants in Gaza City. Palestinian witnesses say masked men attacked Khalil al-Zaben outside his office early today.
The United States is urging Malaysia to tighten technology export controls, following the disclosure that a Malaysian company with ties to the prime minister made parts for Libya's nuclear program. U-S non-proliferation envoy John Stern Wolf conveyed the U-S position in a meeting today with Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar in Kuala Lumpur.
Pakistani authorities say unidentified gunmen opened fire on Shi'ite Muslim worshippers in the southwestern city of Quetta today (Tuesday), killing at least six people and wounding at least 18 others. Officials say the shooting took place in a congested area of the city, where Shi'ite Muslims were participating in a traditional Ashura procession