Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims take part in a ceremony to mark the religious ritual of Arbain in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 24, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite ... more 
Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims take part in a ceremony to mark the religious ritual of Arbain in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, December 24, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims have been pouring into the southern Iraqi city of Kerbala to mark Arbain, a major event in the Shi'ite Muslim calendar. Pilgrims have been arriving from Iran, Pakistan and Gulf Arab countries to observe the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson, Imam Hussein in 680. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed (IRAQ - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) less 
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Tue, Dec 24, 2013 7:37 AM EST