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Deadly Car Bomb Blast in Southern Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq to depose then-dictator Saddam Hussein, violence still plagues the country.

A car bomb explosion in the southern port city of Basra Sunday killed at least 10 people and wounded another 16 people, according to the head of the Basra provincial council security committee.

Basra is a Shiite-dominated city and the center of the region's vast oil production, which fuels the Iraqi economy.

During the war, which began on March 20, 2003 and ended in December 2011, Basra was occupied by British forces.  It was also among the first cities to see a foreign military presence end as the war began to wind down.

Since then, Basra, like much of the southern part of the country, has escaped most of the post-war violence that has been concentrated in central and northern Iraq.

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Nearly Two Dozen Shiites Killed by Car Bomb in Southern Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Iraq is still not immune from sectarian violence as evidenced by a deadly assault on Shiite pilgrims Thursday who were returning home from commemorating Arbaeen, the end of a 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who died in a seventh century battle.

Police in the southern Iraqi town of Musayyib say the pilgrims were waiting at a bus depot when a car bomb detonated, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more.

While there were no claims of responsibility for the attack, suspicion fell on Sunni insurgents who remain allied with al Qaeda groups still operating in Iraq.

The bombing came after several days of other assaults on Shiites throughout Iraq that claimed the lives of at least 23 people.

Even ordinary Sunnis are becoming increasingly frustrated with the regime of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has been accused of marginalizing Sunnis and Kurds.  In the western province of Anbar, Sunnis have held a week-long protests to show their displeasure with the government.

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Yemeni Defense Chief Survives Another Assassination Attempt

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANAA, Yemen) -- Yemen's defense minister escaped what appeared to be another attempt on his life Tuesday when a car bomb exploded in the capital city of Sanaa, killing at least 12 people.

Witnesses said that the explosion occurred alongside a convoy of vehicles used by Major General Mohammed Nasser Ahmed.

The Yemeni official was not harmed in the powerful blast that left seven of his bodyguards dead and killed five civilians.

There have been at least three other assassination attempts on Ahmed over the past year, including one targeting a military parade in Sanaa last May that killed nearly 100 soldiers and wounded 200 others.

While no one claimed responsibility for Tuesday's car bombing, suspicion immediately fell on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which lost its second-in-command, according to Yemeni authorities, during a U.S.-led drone strike in Yemen last week.

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Violence Rocks Mexico on Eve of Elections

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — On the eve of a presidential election, Mexicans awoke to headlines and gruesome photos of a car bomb blast that injured seven people.

The images from Friday’s bombing in Nuevo Laredo, just a few miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border, are just the latest example of the bloodshed that has rocked this country.

More than 50,000 people have been killed in Mexico’s drug wars. With corruption and crime running rampant, it’s not just Mexicans looking to a new president to curb the violence in this troubled nation. The United States is also keeping a watchful eye.

In addition to a nearly 2,000 mile-long border connecting the two countries, Mexico and the United States share billions of dollars in trade.

The United States offered $1.6 billion in aid to fight Mexico’s drug war — a plan that included sending troops into the streets and a crackdown on cartel bosses.

But that strategy could shift under a new president.

On the campaign trail, frontrunner candidate Enrique Pena Nieto has promised to lessen the focus on catching narco-leaders and blocking the drug flow into the United States and instead concentrate on curbing violence that affects Mexicans.

Nearly all polls point to a victory by Pena Nieto, a young, telegenic heartthrob who is married to a soap opera star.

Early returns are expected Monday evening.

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Indian Journalist Arrested for Car Bombing

Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images(NEW DELHI) -- Indian police arrested a journalist on Tuesday in connection with a Feb. 13 car bombing which seriously injured an Israeli diplomat’s wife in New Delhi.

Syed Mohammed Kazmi was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to face charges. Officials say Kazmi may have been in communication with a suspect who rode a motorcycle alongside the Israeli diplomat’s car and placed a bomb with a magnet on the vehicle, reports Time.

Israel has blamed Iran for a bomb that was discovered on an Israeli diplomat’s car in Georgia on the same day as the New Delhi attack.

It is unclear what organization Kazmi works for and what evidence the Indian police have on the journalist.

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Nine Killed in Suicide Car Bombing at Afghan Airport

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) -- Nine people were killed and at least six others were wounded in Afghanistan Monday when a suicide car bomber targeted the entrance of a military airfield in Jalalabad.

The attack on the airport, which serves as a base for NATO troops, is the latest in a string of violence that has erupted in the country ever since it was discovered that coalition forces burned Korans and other religious materials at Bagram Air Field early last week.

According to Jalalabad's police chief, six civilians, two private contractor guards and a soldier died in Monday's attack.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing.  The group said the incident was in revenge for the burning of Korans by American soldiers.

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At Least 20 Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraqi Cities

Getty Images(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- At least 20 people were killed in separate attacks in Iraq on Sunday.

More than 18 police died and 26 were injured following a suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad near the Iraqi Police Academy.

In the northern city of Baquba, suspected al-Qaeda gunmen shot and killed four police informants, in addition, three law enforcement officials were also killed by gunmen at a security checkpoint in Abu Khamis, reports BBC News.

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Dozens Killed after Car Bomb Explodes in Somali Capital

U.S. State Department(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- As many as 65 people were killed in Somalia on Tuesday when a truck filled with explosives went off in a crowded area near a university in Mogadishu, according to a Somali government spokesman.

Soldiers, civilians, and students were among those killed.  Several others were wounded, including the country's minister of health.

Al-Shabab, an Islamic militant group linked to al Qaeda, told the BBC it was responsible for the attack.

Tuesday's bombing was the largest attack in Somalia's capital since al-Shabab pulled out of Mogadishu in August.

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Car Bomb Rocks the Turkish Capital

Turkish firefighters work on September 20, 2011 at the site where a suspected car bomb exploded, wounding at least 15 people in the center of the Turkish capital Ankara. AFP/Getty Images(ANKARA, Turkey) -- A car bomb that exploded in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday has killed at least three people and wounded 34.

The bomb exploded near a high school in a busy area and ignited other vehicles around it. The three people killed were in a nearby building.

It has not been confirmed who is the responsible for the attack.

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77 ISAF Troops Injured in Suicide Attack on Afghan Base

NATO(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Seventy-seven servicemembers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force were injured Saturday evening when a Taliban suicide bomber driving a truck full of explosives targeted a U.S. base in central Afghanistan.

The attack at Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province also killed two Afghan civilians and injured 25 others, according to NATO.

NATO said none of the injuries against its personnel were life-threatening, noting that "most of the force of the explosion was absorbed by the protective barrier at the outpost entrance."

"The explosion damaged the compound entrance and was not followed-up by any subsequent attacks," NATO added.  "The impact to the compound is readily repairable and operations are continuing."

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