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Ashura mourning

Tens of thousands of Muslims have converged on the holy Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate Ashura. That’s the day which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. Karbala is the resting place of Imam Hussein. Ceremonies in the city are the centerpiece of those held across the globe. Ashura marks the climax of the annual event held in the first 10 days of the lunar month of Muharram. Muslims across the globe show their grief over the suffering of Imam Hussein and his companions by holding processions and congregations. Imam Hussein and 72 of his companions were martyred during the Battle of Karbala in 680 A.D. by the tyrant of their time, Yazid.

Iran Lebanon fuel shipment 

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement accused the US of waging an economic war and a media campaign against Lebanon with the aim of serving the interests of the Israeli regime. He also touched upon the country’s political crisis, rejecting allegations that Hezbollah was hampering efforts for the formation of a new government. On Lebanon’s fuel crisis, Nasrallah said Hezbollah has organized the shipment of fuel from Iran in order to alleviate the current shortage. The head of the Lebanese resistance movement warned the United States and Israel against any moves to halt the delivery. He stressed that Hezbollah considers the fuel-carrying boat as Lebanese territory.

Malaysia politics 

Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has secured a parliamentary majority, moving closer to forming a new government. According to local media, Ismail Sabri has received the backing of 114 out of 220 lawmakers. King Al-Sultan Abdullah has summoned the supporting lawmakers to his palace to verify their candidate. If appointed, Sabri would mark the return of the United Malays National Organization party to leadership, three years after it lost a general election over corruption allegations. On Monday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin stepped down after losing the majority in parliament. The resignation threw the country into fresh crisis amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak and weakening economy. 

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