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World news briefs — compiled July 17

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IRAQ

10 die in wave of attacks

Attacks in Iraq targeting diners in two cafes and swimmers in a stream killed at least 10 people on Wednesday, as violence surges during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Violence in Iraq is now at its deadliest level in half a decade, raising fears the country is returning to the widespread bloodshed that pushed the country to the edge of civil war. More than 2,800 people have been killed since the start of April.

GREECE

Parliament OKs new cuts

Greece’s Parliament narrowly approved a new batch of austerity measures early Thursday, including thousands of public-sector job cuts and transfers, demanded by the country’s creditors to keep vital bailout loans flowing. Lawmakers in the 300-seat house backed the cutbacks in an article-by-article vote, with two of the governing coalition’s 155 deputies failing to back crucial articles. It was the first major test for conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras since a left-wing party abandoned his coalition government last month.

PERU

8 settlers killed in jungle

Ashaninka Indians armed with shotguns killed eight men who encroached on their ancestral lands in an Amazon jungle region of Peru plagued by illegal logging and cocaine trafficking, relatives of the slain men said Wednesday. The eight were attempting to settle in a community called Centro Tsomaveni in the San Martin de Pangoa district and were killed last week, said Marco Velasquez, the father of one of the dead men.

ECUADOR

2nd volcano intensifying

Scientists say lava flow and ash and gas emissions have intensified at a second Ecuadorean volcano, Reventador, as the full-bore eruption of the Tungurahua cone continues. Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute says the lava flow on Reventador’s southern flank has increased since Saturday but poses no immediate threat to villagers 60 miles east of the capital, Quito. Reventador is nearly three times that distance from Tungurahua to the southwest.

Compiled from wire reports.


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