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Suicide bomb kills 41 in Iraq

At least 41 people have been killed and 112 wounded in a suicide bombing strike against Iraqi army recruits in Baghdad.

The blast targeted recruits lined up outside an Iraqi army division headquarters in the heart of the capital.

Two police officials said at least two soldiers were among the dead and eight among the wounded.

Officials at four Baghdad hospitals confirmed the casualties.



Somalis hit by Ramadan costs

Residents in Somalia's capital who fear a threatened increase in fighting during Ramadan are facing another hardship -- high food prices.

Somali businessmen said prices of some food items in Mogadishu have increased by up to 50pc since the holy month began in the predominantly Muslim city.

Many traders fled Mogadishu after Islamic militants said that they would increase their attacks on government and African Union troops during Ramadan, which began last week.



Top Democrat against mosque

The US Senate's top Democrat is opposing controversial plans to build a mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.

Nevada senator Harry Reid is the highest-profile Democrat to respond to President Barack Obama, who has backed the right of developers to build the mosque near the so-called ground zero site.

"The First Amendment protects freedom of religion," said Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman. "Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else."



Breakthrough in Bolivia protests

Bolivian protesters have suspended road blockades and hunger strikes after 19 days of demonstrations that paralysed the southern Potosi region, saying that the government had agreed to address their grievances.

Officials agreed to resume mining at Cerro Rico.

The province has been a mining centre since the Spanish colonial era and the protests were aimed at forcing the reopening of mines ordered closed by the government of President Evo Morales.


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