Thousands of Iraqis paid tribute in Baghdad to Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, a leading Shia cleric and politician, who headed the country's largest Shiite party. Al-Hakim died two days ago in Iran, while undergoing treatment for lung cancer.
As part of a campaign dubbed Operation Scorched Earth, aimed at ending a rebellion by Zaidi Shiite rebels,Yemeni troops killed more than 100 Shiite rebels as they recaptured a small town in Yemen's northern mountains, the government said.
Shia politicians and Iraq's leading Sunni insurgency group are trading mutual accusations over the massive truck bombings that killed 95 people in Baghdad on Wednesday in what was the country's bloodiest single day in 18 months.
Eight gunmen were killed in overnight clashes in northern Yemen between Zaidi Shiite rebels and hardliner Sunni tribesmen amid ongoing tensions between the rebels and the authorities, local sources said Saturday.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims thronged a Baghdad shrine on Saturday to commemorate a Shiite saint. The largely peaceful event was seen as a key test for Iraq's security forces after the US military withdrew from cities across the country.
The death toll from Iraq's deadliest bombing in more than a year rose to 72, police said on Sunday, a day after a suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives outside a mosque in the north of the country.
A suicide truck bombing near a Shi'ite mosque in a town south of the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed at least 64 people, wounded about 202 others and flattened buildings around the area Saturday.
At least 40 people were killed and more than 70 injured after a car bomb exploded in Shula, a Shiite district in northwest Baghdad. Elsewhere, in the city's Doura district, a suicide bomber killed at least 12 and wounded 25.