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Iraq on Sunday launched the rebuilding of an ancient mosque destroyed by Islamic State militants in the northern city of Mosul.
Iraq is set to rebuild Mosul's al-Nuri Mosque, an ancient site co-opted by Islamic State in 2014 when its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a rare public appearance there to proclaim a self-styled caliphate.
Rescuers were digging through the rubble in a frantic search for survivors after a powerful earthquake rocked a border region between Iran and Iraq killing more than 400 people and leaving thousands injured.
Almost half a million people have been displaced from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since US-backed Iraqi forces launched an operation to drive Islamic State out of the area six months ago, the UN said on Monday.