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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim man flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Mumbai, India December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim man flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Mumbai, India December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Shi'ite Muslim man flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Mumbai, India December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Pilgrims gather between Imam Abbas and Imam Hussein shrines as they attend a ceremony marking Ashura in the holy city of Kerbala, 110 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad, December 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad</p>

Pilgrims gather between Imam Abbas and Imam Hussein shrines as they attend a ceremony marking Ashura in the holy city of Kerbala, 110 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad, December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

Pilgrims gather between Imam Abbas and Imam Hussein shrines as they attend a ceremony marking Ashura in the holy city of Kerbala, 110 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad, December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim boy beats his chest during an Ashura procession in Mumbai December 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim boy beats his chest during an Ashura procession in Mumbai December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Shi'ite Muslim boy beats his chest during an Ashura procession in Mumbai December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Shi'ite Muslim men pound their chests as they drum to a beat of others chanting, "Ya Hussain," in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain on the 10th day of the first Islamic month of Muharram, also known as Ashura, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan December 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif  </p>

Shi'ite Muslim men pound their chests as they drum to a beat of others chanting, "Ya Hussain," in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain on the 10th day of the first Islamic month of Muharram, also known as Ashura, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan...more

Shi'ite Muslim men pound their chests as they drum to a beat of others chanting, "Ya Hussain," in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain on the 10th day of the first Islamic month of Muharram, also known as Ashura, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during a ceremony marking Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary </p>

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during a ceremony marking Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary more

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during a ceremony marking Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 17, 2010. REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary

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<p>Men carry a religious symbol during Ashura in Nava, a village about 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Tehran, December 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi </p>

Men carry a religious symbol during Ashura in Nava, a village about 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Tehran, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Men carry a religious symbol during Ashura in Nava, a village about 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Tehran, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

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<p>A man covered in mud prays during the Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

A man covered in mud prays during the Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A man covered in mud prays during the Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A Saudi Shi'ite Muslim girl takes part in the Ashura festival in Qatif December 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas </p>

A Saudi Shi'ite Muslim girl takes part in the Ashura festival in Qatif December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas

A Saudi Shi'ite Muslim girl takes part in the Ashura festival in Qatif December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas

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<p>Shi'ite women take part in a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during an Ashura procession in Istanbul December 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Murad Sezer </p>

Shi'ite women take part in a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during an Ashura procession in Istanbul December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Shi'ite women take part in a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during an Ashura procession in Istanbul December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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<p>A Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after tapping his forehead with a razor during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon, December 16, 2010.  REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho</p>

A Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after tapping his forehead with a razor during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho

A Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after tapping his forehead with a razor during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho

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<p>Blood from the gashed forehead of a Lebanese supporter of the Shi'ite Amal movement is seen during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut, December 16, 2010.  REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi </p>

Blood from the gashed forehead of a Lebanese supporter of the Shi'ite Amal movement is seen during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi

Blood from the gashed forehead of a Lebanese supporter of the Shi'ite Amal movement is seen during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi

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<p>Kashmiri children look at a Muharram procession in Srinagar December 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Danish Ismail  </p>

Kashmiri children look at a Muharram procession in Srinagar December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Kashmiri children look at a Muharram procession in Srinagar December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashura festival at a mosque in central Yangon December 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashura festival at a mosque in central Yangon December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A Shi'ite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashura festival at a mosque in central Yangon December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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<p>A Shi'ite Bahraini is seen covered with blood as he takes part in the Ashura procession of ''Haider'' in Bahraini capital of Manama, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed </p>

A Shi'ite Bahraini is seen covered with blood as he takes part in the Ashura procession of ''Haider'' in Bahraini capital of Manama, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

A Shi'ite Bahraini is seen covered with blood as he takes part in the Ashura procession of ''Haider'' in Bahraini capital of Manama, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men weep as they pray during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men weep as they pray during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet...more

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men weep as they pray during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul December 12, 2010.    REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul December 13, 2010.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010.    REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after flagellating himself during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after flagellating himself during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after flagellating himself during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A woman lights candle during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

A woman lights candle during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A woman lights candle during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Melted candles are pictured on the ground during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

Melted candles are pictured on the ground during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Melted candles are pictured on the ground during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>An elderly man hits his chest as he mourns and honours the martyrdom of Imam Hussein during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Nava, a village 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Tehran, December 15, 2010.   REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi</p>

An elderly man hits his chest as he mourns and honours the martyrdom of Imam Hussein during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Nava, a village 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

An elderly man hits his chest as he mourns and honours the martyrdom of Imam Hussein during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Nava, a village 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

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<p>A young girl wears a green headband, a symbol of the Imam Hussein family, as she takes part in a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

A young girl wears a green headband, a symbol of the Imam Hussein family, as she takes part in a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A young girl wears a green headband, a symbol of the Imam Hussein family, as she takes part in a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A religious symbol of the Imam Hussein family is held up during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010.   REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

A religious symbol of the Imam Hussein family is held up during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A religious symbol of the Imam Hussein family is held up during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A woman helps another to wear a green headband, a symbol of the Imam Hussein family, during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, about 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

A woman helps another to wear a green headband, a symbol of the Imam Hussein family, during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, about 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A woman helps another to wear a green headband, a symbol of the Imam Hussein family, during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, about 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Indian Shi'ite Muslim men beat themselves with their hands during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 14, 2010.    REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad</p>

Indian Shi'ite Muslim men beat themselves with their hands during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

Indian Shi'ite Muslim men beat themselves with their hands during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

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<p>Shi'ite pilgrims flagellate themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad</p>

Shi'ite pilgrims flagellate themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

Shi'ite pilgrims flagellate themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

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<p>A pilgrim flagellates himself with iron chains during the preparation of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 14, 2010.    REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad</p>

A pilgrim flagellates himself with iron chains during the preparation of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

A pilgrim flagellates himself with iron chains during the preparation of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

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<p>Women lights candles during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

Women lights candles during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Women lights candles during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A man and a woman walk past a shop during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

A man and a woman walk past a shop during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A man and a woman walk past a shop during a Shi'ite Ashura religious festival in Khorramabad, 491 km (305 miles) southwest of Tehran, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man prays during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010.    REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man prays during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man prays during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A photograph taken from behind a curtain shows an Afghan Shi'ite Muslim woman clad in burqa stand at the entrance of Chendawol mosque during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010.    REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A photograph taken from behind a curtain shows an Afghan Shi'ite Muslim woman clad in burqa stand at the entrance of Chendawol mosque during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A photograph taken from behind a curtain shows an Afghan Shi'ite Muslim woman clad in burqa stand at the entrance of Chendawol mosque during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Shi'ite pilgrims beat themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010.    REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad</p>

Shi'ite pilgrims beat themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

Shi'ite pilgrims beat themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

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<p>Shi'ite pilgrims beat themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010.   REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad</p>

Shi'ite pilgrims beat themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

Shi'ite pilgrims beat themselves with iron chains as they take part in the preparation of Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

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