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Another Suicide Bombing Rocks Iraq: Over 130 Dead in Past 24 Hours

At least 60 killed in suicide bombing at a northern Baghdad Shi’ite shrine. Two Sunni suicide bombers struck outside of the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in the Shia neighborhood of Kadhimiya. With yesterday’s double suicide bombings, over 130 people have been killed in bombing in Iraq in the past 24 hours. It is not yet known if yesterday’s arrest of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, will increase or decrease the frequency of bombings, Telegraph.

Israeli bulldozers raze Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. Israel says the home were built illegally, but Palestinians say it is almost impossible to get permits to build. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in March that the Israeli practice of bulldozing homes is “unhelpful,” AFP via Yahoo News.

Canadian soldier found dead in her quarters at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Enemy action has been ruled out, CBC News.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of several flu events in north America. Seven cases of swine flu have been found in Texas and California while over 800 cases of an unknown serious flu/respiratory illness have been found in Mexico. The WHO is considering issuing a travel warning for Mexico. Schools for millions of Mexico children have been closed.  Officials are particularly concerned because flu season in Mexico usually ends in late February, Reuters.

Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen accused of  taking part in an attack in Afghanistan that lead to the death of a U.S. soldier. Khadr has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 when he was picked up at the age of 15. A Canadian federal court ruled that Khadr has been denied his due process rights and that he should be treated as a child soldier and that action by the federal government to get Khadr out of Guantanamo should be immediate because the government has known Khadr is being tortured since 2003. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party, has said he intends to appeal the decision. U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the prison facility closed by January 2010 by which time all prisoners must be either tried or returned to their home countries or to a country that will accept them, The Star.

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