Shi'ite Pilgrims Mark Ashura Despite Threat of Attacks
Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims have gathered in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala for the annual Ashura commemoration, despite the threat of Sunni extremist attacks.
Iraq's security forces have deployed tens of thousands of troops to protect the pilgrims, who are observing the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hussein, one of Shi'ite Islam's most revered figures. His death marks the rift between Shi'ite and Sunni Islam.
Sunni militants from the Islamic State group have claimed responsibility for multiple deadly attacks against Shi'ites who were traveling to Karbala for Ashura.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch says Islamic State fighters tortured and abused Kurdish children they abducted from the northern Syrian town of Kobani.
日经指数上涨 2.7 %，增长将近450点，收盘时达到16,862点。
Japan Stocks Continue Surge
Japanese stocks climbed to a seven-year high Tuesday, continuing momentum from last week, when Tokyo unexpectedly expanded economic stimulus measures.
The benchmark Nikkei index rose 2.7 percent, or nearly 450 points, to end at 16,862.
It was the first day the markets have been open since Friday, when the Nikkei surged 4.8 percent, its biggest daily gain in 18 months.
The rally was sparked by Tokyo's unexpected move to increase the money supply to help fight deflation.