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World news briefs — July 14


Dozens dead in attacks

A wave of coordinated blasts that tore through overwhelmingly Shiite cities shortly before the breaking of the Ramadan fast and other attacks killed at least 38 in Iraq on Sunday. Violence has risen to its deadliest level since 2008, with more than 2,800 people killed since the start of April. The pace of the killing has picked up since the Muslim holy month Ramadan began Wednesday, with daily mass-casualty attacks marring what is meant to be a month of charity and reflection.


Rowling’s pen name

An ex-military man tries his hand at writing, publishes a debut detective novel, and wins critical acclaim. But here’s the twist in the tale: The true identity of the author is none other than Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. It’s impressive literary wizardry by Rowling, who said Sunday that she relished the freedom of writing The Cuckoo’s Calling under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.


Halle Berry marries

Halle Berry married her fiancé, French actor Olivier Martinez, in a weekend ceremony in a village church where princes are buried in France’s Burgundy region. The owner of the Chateau de Vallery, where the couple stayed with their 60 guests, said on Sunday that the betrothal a day earlier ended with a dinner and an unusual fireworks display — of water, fire and snow. Patrice Vansteenberghe said the actress — 46 and pregnant — and her 47-year-old husband “were very beautiful and very happy.” Berry’s publicist confirmed the marriage.


Deadly stampede

At least 18 people were killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted to protest a local boxer’s loss in a championship match, police said today. The victims were trampled as about 1,500 spectators scrambled to escape the riot that broke out just before midnight Sunday, said a police spokesman in Papua province. The stadium had only two working exits.

Compiled from wire reports.


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