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November 25, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A bomb blast in northwest Pakistan killed five people and injured 70 others Sunday, provincial and local authorities said, the latest in a wave of attacks that have struck the country's minority Shiite Muslim community despite a host of stringent security measures, including wide-scale cellphone service bans and prohibitions on motorcycle riding in several cities. The attack in Dera Ismail Khan was the second to strike the city of 119,000 this weekend and the fourth in five days directed at Shiite Muslims as they commemorate the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad.
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August 29, 2013
Re "Syria attack called 'moral obscenity,'" Aug. 27 When Secretary of State John F. Kerry described the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria as a "moral obscenity," did he think of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or maybe Vietnam? How can Kerry decide that weapons of mass destruction were used before the definitive evidence has been collected and analyzed? And then, if it is proved, the next step is for Kerry or President Obama to explain the difference between using high explosives and chemical weapons.
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August 10, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
CAIRO - When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, Ahmed Helal was locked up four times in Tora prison, officials' favorite detention facility for perceived enemies of the state. Each time, he was arrested in the middle of the night and thrown in with scores of others whose only offense, they believed, was being Shiite Muslims. But Egypt's Shiite community - a small, reticent minority in a country dominated by Sunni Muslims - would come to view Mubarak's three-decade reign almost as the good old days.
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August 16, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - The leader of Hezbollah on Friday vowed that its fighters would retaliate against “terrorists” who have detonated car bombs and launched other attacks against neighborhoods and individuals allied with the Lebanese Islamist group. “To the killers: Our hands will reach you,” Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's general secretary, said in a speech carried via satellite link to thousands of supporters in a village in south Lebanon near the Israeli border. It appeared to be first time that the leader of the political, paramilitary and social service group  had vowed to avenge the recent spate of attacks targeting Hezbollah sympathizers.
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September 7, 2010 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
When Nabeel Rajab saw his picture splashed on the front pages of a state-run newspaper over the weekend as an alleged member of a terrorist network plotting to overthrow the government, he knew it was time to start packing. The prominent Bahraini human rights activist sent his children away and put toothpaste and shampoo into a small bag in anticipation of his arrest. "I've kept the children out of our home for the past four days," he told The Times by telephone on Monday. "I don't want to be beaten in front of them.
WORLD
October 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of minority Shiite Muslims rampaged through the eastern Pakistani city of Sialkot, burning a police station and the mayor's office after a funeral for 31 people killed Friday in a suicide bombing at a mosque. Hundreds of army troops and police commandos struggled to contain the violence as youths shouted slogans against President Pervez Musharraf, the U.S. and the attack's perpetrators. The government offered a reward of about $170,000 for information on the attacker.
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February 6, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez
Two bomb blasts in Karachi on Friday targeting a bus filled with Shiite Muslims and later a hospital killed at least 22 people in the latest outbreak of violence plaguing troubled nuclear-armed Pakistan. The first attack occurred early in the afternoon in the heart of the Pakistani commercial and financial hub, when an explosives-laden motorcycle detonated next to the bus, Karachi police said. The blast killed at least 12 people and injured 50, provincial health officials said. The bus was taking the Shiites, many of them women and children, to a procession marking the end of the annual 40-day mourning period commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad.
WORLD
August 16, 2003 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Shiite Muslim clerics in a poor neighborhood of northeast Baghdad said Friday that the U.S. military had declared war against Islam and warned American forces to stay out of the district, where U.S. troops opened fire on a crowd this week.
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December 8, 2011 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
The balding head of Hamid Hussein had been sliced open with a sword. Bright scarlet blood flowed down his sunburned face, trickling down and staining the white robes worn by his 5-year-old son, Hussein. It was a momentous day for father and son. They were observing Ashura, the annual religious holiday when Shiite Muslims display penance and mourning with self-inflicted wounds to commemorate the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad. There was one more reason to note the day: U.S. forces were nearly gone from all of Iraq just three weeks before the Dec. 31 deadline for their withdrawal.
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March 3, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Gunmen killed the only Christian member of Pakistan's Cabinet on Wednesday in Islamabad, the second assassination this year of a top official who had opposed the country's controversial blasphemy law and championed the rights of its beleaguered minorities. The slaying of Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, 42, underscored the reach of extremism in Pakistan, a Muslim country founded on the principles of minority inclusion but increasingly unable to counter the influence of hard-line Islamist parties and clerics.
WORLD
August 10, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
CAIRO - When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, Ahmed Helal was locked up four times in Tora prison, officials' favorite detention facility for perceived enemies of the state. Each time, he was arrested in the middle of the night and thrown in with scores of others whose only offense, they believed, was being Shiite Muslims. But Egypt's Shiite community - a small, reticent minority in a country dominated by Sunni Muslims - would come to view Mubarak's three-decade reign almost as the good old days.
WORLD
July 9, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A car bomb that injured dozens Tuesday in the urban heartland of the Hezbollah movement renewed fears that the sectarian-fueled strife in Syria was migrating into neighboring Lebanon. Officials from various political movements and religious groups denounced the attack - which occurred as residents were preparing for the start of Ramadan, a Muslim month of fasting - as an effort to sow discord in Lebanon. A fragile peace has held for almost a quarter of a century, since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990.
WORLD
April 17, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Two years ago, the "Arab Spring" that deposed dictators and demagogues was an inspiration to hundreds of millions of repressed souls across the Middle East who yearned for a say in how they were governed. Today, with the Egyptian economy in ruins, tribal clashes convulsing Libya and at least 70,000 dead in Syria's crushed uprising, those still chafing under authoritarian rule in the region are curbing their revolutionary impulses. The sweep of democracy in 2011 has stalled as post-overthrow chaos has become a cautionary tale for those in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.
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March 26, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
AL QASR, Lebanon - Each evening, Ali Jamal and other men in this border town grab their Kalashnikov assault rifles, jump on their motorbikes and ride across the irrigation canal into Syria to protect their homes. The enemies are Sunni rebel "terrorists," he says, who target Jamal and his neighbors because they are Shiite Muslims. "Imagine, these people used to be our neighbors," said the 40-year-old farmer, perplexed by the transformation. "Now they want to kidnap and kill us. " Tensions gripping the villages along the border here between northeastern Lebanon and Syria illustrate the increasingly sectarian nature of the 2-year-old Syrian conflict and the risks it poses for the entire region.
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March 7, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ASTORE, Pakistan - The caravan pulled away, leaving behind 19 bullet-riddled bodies in a muddy ditch. Inside the three buses, those spared quietly wept. The remaining Shiite Muslims had just survived a massacre by Sunni Muslim militants. And the Sunnis aboard had just helped save as many of the Shiites as they could. Akhtar Hussain, a 37-year-old Shiite survivor, said he turned to the Sunni passengers when he finally disembarked in this tiny mountain hamlet. "I told them, 'I am grateful to you. If you would have said I was Shiite, I wouldn't be here right now. May God be with you.'" What happened on the remote mountain road in August didn't follow the script.
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February 16, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A bomb blast killed at least 65 people in the southwest city of Quetta on Saturday in what appeared to be the latest episode of sectarian violence against the country's beleaguered Shiite Muslim minority. The explosion occurred near a market crowded with shoppers in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood, local and federal government officials said. Authorities believe the blast was caused by a remote-controlled bomb planted in a water tanker. Women and children were among the dead, police said, and at least 175 more people were injured, some of them critically.
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September 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Saudi Shiite Muslims held a rare public protest in the southern region of Najran over what they said was repression by hard-line Sunni authorities. "This is to protest over calling us infidels, seizing our lands and holding people prisoner for years without verdicts," said one participant who identified himself as Said, speaking by telephone.
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January 10, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - In one of the deadliest days in Pakistan in recent years, a series of bomb blasts rocked the southwest city of Quetta and the country's northwest Thursday, killing at least 104 people and injuring more than 245 others. Two of the blasts occurred within minutes apart at a billiards hall, local authorities said. A suicide bomber walked into the building and detonated his explosives, police said, while the second blast was the result of a car bomb detonated outside as rescue teams and television crews arrived.
NEWS
November 25, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A bomb blast in northwest Pakistan killed five people and injured 70 others Sunday, provincial and local authorities said, the latest in a wave of attacks that have struck the country's minority Shiite Muslim community despite a host of stringent security measures, including wide-scale cellphone service bans and prohibitions on motorcycle riding in several cities. The attack in Dera Ismail Khan was the second to strike the city of 119,000 this weekend and the fourth in five days directed at Shiite Muslims as they commemorate the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad.
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