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Deadliest attack took place in Baghdad's Shia northern Shaab neighbourhood

11 killed in a day as Baghdad rocked by increase in violence

Drive-by shootings and a spate of bombings killed 11 people and wounded dozens in Iraq yesterday.

'Insurgents' kill three in Baghdad robbery

Gunmen stormed a Baghdad money exchange and killed three people yesterday, the latest in a spate of brash daylight robberies of banks or financial centres in the Iraqi capital.

Civilians killed in Baghdad bank bombing

A bomb explosion has killed six people including five civilians in a Shiite slum in eastern Baghdad, Iraqi police and health officials said today.

Four killed by bomb at Baghdad TV office

Four people were killed today when a car bomb exploded in front of the Baghdad office of Arabic-language satellite TV channel Al-Arabiya, Iraq police said.

Al-Qa'ida target the militiamen recruited to fight them, killing 45

More than 40 anti-al-Qa'ida militiamen were killed and dozens wounded by a suicide bomber yesterday as they collected their pay cheques at a base near Baghdad.

Margaret Hassan murder accused goes missing

The sister of murdered British aid worker Margaret Hassan claimed that the man accused of her murder went missing just before his retrial.

The Barber of Baghdad, Buxton Opera House, Buxton

The second of Buxton Festival's own opera productions, Peter Cornelius's comedy The Barber of Baghdad, was last given a professional outing in these islands in Wexford in the mid-1970s.

Suicide attack on Shia pilgrims kills 32

Militants struck across Baghdad yesterday, killing 40 people, including 32 in a suicide bombing that targeted pilgrims commemorating a revered Shia saint.

Civilians killed as bomb misses target

A roadside bomb apparently aimed at a senior Transport Ministry official missed its target and killed two bystanders instead, Iraqi officials said today.

Nearly 30 dead after suicide bombers attack Baghdad bank

Two suicide car bombers struck a crowded area outside a state-run bank yesterday in Baghdad, killing nearly 30 people in the latest attack targeting a high-profile part of the capital.

UN checks claims that UK officials assaulted Iraqis

The United Nations refugee agency is investigating claims that Iraqi asylum seekers were assaulted by British officials on a plane taking them back to Iraq.

Asylum seeker mistreatment claims denied

British authorities tonight rejected claims that Iraqi asylum seekers were mistreated before being deported to Iraq.

Anger as asylum seekers forcibly returned to Iraq

Ministers faced a wave of anger last night after ordering the forcible return of failed asylum-seekers to Baghdad despite the violence that continues to plague the Iraqi capital.

Baghdad's fragile peace shattered by deadly jewellery raid

Masked gunmen killed 15 people in an armed robbery on a gold jewellery market in Baghdad yesterday, reinforcing a sense of unease that the improvement in security over the last couple of years might be reversed.

Vote recount gives boost to Iraq's Iyad Allawi

A cross-sectarian coalition led by secularist former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi held its two-seat win in Iraq's March 7 election after a recount of votes cast in Baghdad, elections officials said yesterday.

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