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IRAQ

Blast hits coffee shop

A bomb struck a crowded ­coffee shop late Friday in the ethnically disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least 38 and wounding more than two dozen in the latest in a string of bloody attacks pounding Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan this week. The blast exploded in the Classico Cafe in southern Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, as patrons were enjoying tea and water pipes hours after the sunset meal that breaks the daylong Ramadan fast, police said.

CANADA

28 confirmed dead

Transportation workers moved carefully Friday in and around the site of the nearly week-old derailment that incinerated the heart of this small Quebec town and killed 50 people, searching for evidence that would help explain what led to such massive destruction. Police, meanwhile, increased the number of people confirmed killed by four to 28 as the search for remains continued to be slowed by dangerous conditions — this time it was benzene fumes from the contaminated soil. The other 22 people are presumed dead.

SOMALIA

Bomber, 2 others killed

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a moving convoy of African Union troops in Somalia’s capital, killing himself and at least two people walking by, a police official said Friday. Mogadishu police official Mohamed Abdi said the dead were civilians, and a spokesman for the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia —known as AMISOM — said two soldiers were wounded in the attack near Mogadishu’s international airport.

ENGLAND

Terrorism suspected

An explosion near a mosque in central England is being treated as suspected terrorism, British police said Friday. No injuries were reported in the blast, which comes in the wake of heightened religious tensions in the U.K. over the killing of a British soldier. Residents in the town of Tipton reported hearing a loud bang and finding nails near the Kanz-ul-Iman Muslim Welfare Association Central Jamia mosque, according to West Midlands Police.

Compiled from wire reports.


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