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Arba'een march

Millions of Muslims from across the globe are converging on the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to commemorate Arba’een, the 40th day after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam and grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. People from all walks of life are marching toward the holy city, most notably from Iran. Senior Iranian government officials have made multiple visits to the border crossings in recent days to ensure a smooth passage for pilgrims to and from Iraq. Experts say it is significant to keep alive the movement of Karbala, which is a movement against terrorism, fascism, and despotism. Imam Hussein and his 72 companions were martyred in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD while fighting courageously for justice against the much larger army of the then tyrant ruler, Yazid.

DPRK 'nuclear attack drill'

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea confirms it staged a "simulated tactical nuclear attack drill” at the weekend, with mock atomic warheads attached to two long-range cruise missiles. The missiles were fired from the country’s west coast toward the Yellow Sea. Pyongyang said the operation on Saturday was a "counteraction drill" in response to the joint military activity by the US and South Korea. The launches come three days after the DPRK fired a pair of short-range ballistic missiles as part of a similar drill. This comes as Seoul and Washington have ramped up their joint military exercises, with advanced stealth jets and US strategic assets. Pyongyang says the US and the South are pursuing "confrontation hysteria", adding that it views such war games as a rehearsal for invasion. Washington and Seoul claim they are defensive in nature.

Ukraine-Russia war

Ukraine says its southern Odessa region came under attack by over two dozen drones early on Sunday. Ukraine’s South Military Command says the attacks targeted the civil infrastructure in a port on the Danube River. The military says the attacks left two people injured and caused a fire in the port area. The military did not specify which port was hit. But Ukrainian media reported blasts in the Reni port. Russia is yet to comment. This comes days after Ukraine said a major drone attack on a Russian airport in Pskov region destroyed two transport planes and seriously damaged two others. Ukraine has vowed to return the conflict to Russia and in recent weeks, it has increased drone attacks on Russian territory, including the capital, Moscow. Russia has been responding with its own drone strikes on the Ukrainian capital Kiev and other cities.

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