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  • Two men (above left and second from right) examine likenesses of Shiite clerics (top) at the wax museum in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad. Even before going on public display, the wax figures have created an Islamic law dispute. All of the Shiite figures were either born, studied or buried in Najaf. (Associated Press)

    Iraq wax museum feels sectarian heat

    An exhibit of wax statues, depicting some of Shiite Muslims' most beloved clerics and intended to pay tribute to this Iraqi holy city's contributions to culture, has been dipped in controversy as some Sunnis decry the figures as heretical.

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