Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

WORLD [Derived Headline]

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14 KILLED IN IRAQ ATTACKS

BAGHDAD -- Attacks against al-Qaida's favorite targets in Iraq killed 14 people today as insurgents struck security forces, a government office and jewelry stores, demonstrating a continued threat from armed groups ahead of a meeting of the Arab world's top leaders in Baghdad.

Security officials expect al-Qaida to ramp up violence over the next few weeks as Iraq prepares to host the annual Arab League summit at the end of the month.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strikes, and numerous armed groups in Iraq have mixed attacks on political targets with money-making criminal operations. But al-Qaida in Iraq for years has been believed to fund itself in part with cash and gold stolen from jewelry stores.

ROCKET EXCHANGES CONTINUE IN ISRAEL

JERUSALEM -- Israel's premier says his military is prepared to "broaden operations" if Palestinians continue to fire rockets from Gaza.

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke as violence between Gaza militants and Israel continued for the fourth day.

The military "is ready to broaden its operations and will continue to act as necessary," Mr. Netanyahu said today, without elaborating.

The current violence erupted Friday, when Israel killed the leader of a Palestinian militant group in an airstrike.

Gaza militants have since fired more than 100 rockets at cities in southern Israel, where 1 million Israelis live, disrupting life there.

Israeli airstrikes have killed 23 Gazans, most of them militants, five today. Two Israelis civilians have been seriously wounded by rocket fire.

SYRIAN ACTIVISTS CLAIM GOVERNMENT ATTACKING

BEIRUT -- Syrian activists said today that pro-government gunmen have killed at least 16 people -- including children -- in a rebel stronghold recaptured by the government in the embattled central city of Homs.

The state media in Damascus, which often ignores claims by activists, confirmed killings in Homs but blamed "armed terrorists" as it frequently calls those behind the uprising. …

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