52 killed in Iraq bomb attacks

More than 30 co-ordinated blasts across Iraq have killed at least 52 people and wounded nearly 250.

The attacks come on the ninth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq and ahead of next week's Arab League summit in Baghdad.

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Iraqi government says it can maintain security ahead of the Arab League summit

The Iraqi government has insisted it can maintain security in the country ahead of next week's Arab League summit in Baghdad.

Security efforts will be escalated to counteract terrorist groups' attacks and to fill loopholes used by them to infiltrate security, whether in Baghdad or other provinces."

– Ali al-Dabbagh, Iraqi government spokesman

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Death toll rises after Iraq explosions

Reports say at least 22 people have been killed in a series of blasts in Iraqi cities on Tuesday, the latest in a spate of violence ahead of next week's Arab League summit in Baghdad.

The deadliest attack was in the southern Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala, where two explosions killed at least nine people and wounded 40, the sources said.