At least 59 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the assault, which targeted a mainly Shia area of the city. It's Baghdad's deadliest attack this year.
Iraq has launched a major operation to retake Hawija, one of the last "Islamic State" strongholds in the country. Plans to oust the militants have been complicated by a referendum on Kurdish independence due next week.
The "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide attacks that killed at least 70 and injured many more. Several Iranian pilgrims were among the dead.
Saudi authorities say they made two arrests and thwarted attacks involving "suicide vests" at government buildings. The country remains on high alert following a series of bombings during Ramadan last year.
Iraq's parliament has rejected a planned Kurdish independence vote. The September 25 vote threatens to reignite conflict between the Kurds and the central government.
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