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More Than 70 Dead in Two Suicide Attacks in Iraq

Suicide attacks in Baghdad and Baquba have resulted in the deaths of more than 70 people. Victims of the attack at a restaurant in Barquba included Iranian pilgrims. The attack in Baghdad happened in a crowd where police were distributing aid to the homeless, BBC News.

2 Canadian diplomats held captive in the Saharan desert around Mali and Niger for the past four months have been released. Officials say the release was negotiated, but have not released details, Globe and Mail.

Supply trucks were set on fire on a NATO supply route to Afghanistan through Pakistan. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she fears the Pakistani government is abdicating to extremists by allowing Sharia law in the Swat region. However, USA Today says that public backlash against the Taliban in Pakistan is building.

The Sri Lankan government has requested international aid for displaced people who have been driven from their homes by the conflict between Sri Lankan and the Tamil Tigers, Bloomberg.

More details surface from the declassified Bush administration torture memos, including information that as National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice approved waterboarding of prisoners, BCC News.

On the 60th anniversary of China’s navy, China stages a demonstration of its warships, including two nuclear submarines that have never been shown publicly before, UPI.

The African National Congress (ANC) is still leading in the South African elections as ballots are counted, New York Times.

The Baltimore Sun has a discussion about the financial problems of the individuals involved in recent tragedies. Christopher Wood, who killed his family then himself in Middlewood, Maryland, owed more money on his Florida home than it was worth.  William Parente, who police say beat and asphyxiated his wife and two daughters in a Baltimore area hotel room, may have owed a client $450,000. Depressing excerpt: “It is so regular a pattern among most of the industrialized countries of the world that it is virtually an economic indicator,” said M. Harvey Brenner, professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “It’s a standard feature of recession.”

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