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In Iraqi holy city, row over female violinist at soccer match shows social rift

Reuters India Wednesday, 7 August 2019
The match should have been cause for young Iraqis to celebrate. Their national team beat Lebanon 1-0 in the first competitive international hosted by Iraq for years in the holy city of Kerbala, complete with an opening ceremony of music and dance.
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Complaints by religious authorities and conservative politicians over an uncovered woman playing Iraq's national anthem on the violin at a football match in the holy city of Kerbala, have laid bare the rift between Iraq's youth and its political class. Emily Wither reports.

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