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After Floods, Pakistan Celebrates Eid in Tents

Joyous holiday not so festive for millions of victims

(Newser) - Millions of Pakistani flood victims celebrated Islam's most joyous festival in donated tents and makeshift shelters on Saturday as the country's leaders, criticized for an inadequate response to the disaster, pledged more aid. The water has receded in many places, but remains head-high in others, forcing victims to stay outside... More »

Holiday Blasts Kill 19 Iraqis Near Shia Sites

6 others shot on bus in effort to reignite sectarian violence

(Newser) - Suicide bombers targeted Shia worshipers as they left morning prayers today at two Baghdad mosques, killing 19 people and injuring 50, police say. In a separate attack, gunmen fatally shot six people as they traveled in a minibus 60 miles north of Baghdad. Attacks on Shia civilians are widely associated... More »

World's Holy Days Converge

Believers of almost all stripes have something to celebrate today

(Newser) - This Good Friday is not simply the most solemn day in the Christian calendar but a convergence of movable feasts that doesn't occur more than once in a century. March 21 is also the first day of the Jewish festival of Purim and the celebration of the birth of the... More »

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