AT LEAST 40 people have died and dozens more hurt after several apparently co-ordinated bombings and a shooting took place across Iraq.
Violence has spiked sharply in Iraq in recent months, with the death toll rising to levels not seen since 2008. Nearly 2,000 have been killed since the start of April.
Most of the car bombs hit Shia-majority areas and were the cause of most of the casualties.
The blasts hit half a dozen cities and towns in the south and centre of the country. There was no claim of responsibility for any of the attacks.
&EURO;420K FOR TWO PARKING SPACES
PARKING is such a precious commodity in Boston that one woman paid $560,000 (€420,000) for two off-street spaces near her home.
Lisa Blumenthal won the spots in the city's Back Bay neighbourhood during an on-site auction held by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS had seized the spots from a man who owed taxes.
Blumenthal, who lives in a multi-million-dollar home, said she didn't expect the bidding to go so high but says they will come in handy for guests and workers.
CLERIC JAILED FOR BIBLE BURNING
A HARDLINE Muslim cleric has received an 11-year suspended sentence for tearing up and burning a Bible.
Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, was sentenced for blasphemy. His son was given a suspended sentence of eight years over the same incident.
The ruling can be appealed and the two were ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 Egyptian pounds (nearly €535).
Abdullah ripped up the bible and burnt it while at a September 11 rally held by ultra-conservative Salafi Muslims in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, reports said.
BLACK SABBATH STORM CHARTS
VETERAN rocker Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath have stormed to the top of the UK charts.
The band have set a new record for the longest gap between number one albums, beating Rod Stewart. Ozzy said it was "great" to beat Rod but added: "Rod's the same as us, we've got something others haven't got. It's all manu-factured bulls**t these days."