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Day of carnage as 76 Iraqis die

Bombs ripped through Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months. The major spike in sectarian bloodshed heightened fears the country could again be veering toward civil war. The attacks followed two days of bombings targeting Shiites, including bus stops and outdoor markets, with a total of 130 people killed since Wednesday.

Scenes of bodies sprawled across a street outside a mosque and mourners killed during a funeral procession were reminiscent of some of the worst days of retaliatory warfare between the Islamic sects that peaked in 2006-2007 as U.S. forces battled extremists on both sides.

RING OF STEEL FOR G8 SUMMIT

Work to erect a massive security fence to protect eight of the world's most powerful leaders during the G8 summit in Fermanagh started yesterday.

The metal barrier which stretches for miles around the luxury Lough Erne golf resort is designed to block off the surrounding area and prevent thousands of anti-capitalist protesters from gaining access to the isolated hotel. The summit takes place on June 17 and 18.

RACOON MAKES

A MESS OF BGT

A dancing raccoon and a painting donkey will be seen trying to steal Pudsey's crown as most skilful pet on tonight's Britain's Got Talent.

They are among a menagerie of four-legged hopefuls aiming to succeed the reigning champ on the ITV show.

But show co-host Dec Donnelly reveals it was not Melanie the raccoon's talent that left the most lasting impression.

He said: "We had a dancing raccoon that didn't really dance – it did take a poo outside the judges' room though."

WE ARE YOUNG IS HIT OF YEAR

We Are Young by Fun Ft Janelle Monae has been named the most streamed song of the year.

Close behind is Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, which was the chart's first number one last May, followed by Lumineers' Ho Hey.


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