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Top Afghan Shiite cleric Mohammad Asif Mohseni speaks during a press conference in Kabul on April 11, 2009. Afghanistan's top Shiite cleric defended a new law said to oppress women and accused Western critics of the controversial legislation of 'cultural invasion' and violating the democracy they introduced. Mohammad Asif Mohseni also rejected a ministry of justice review of the law ordered by President Hamid Karzai, saying any changes would violate a constitutional provision for Shiites to have their own jurisprudence. By Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images.

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