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Shi’ites gather in Iraq’s Kerbala for mourning rite

Reuters reports:

Chanting and flailing themselves in mourning for Imam Hussein, hundreds of thousands of Shi‘ite Muslims from around the world gathered in the Iraqi city of Kerbala on Friday for one of the most sacred rituals in their religious calendar.

Arbain marks the culmination of a 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed who was killed in a 7th century battle in Kerbala.

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