Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bomb Kills 18 in Baghdad

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bomb Kills 18 in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD -- A sectarian controversy over control of a religious shrine where a 2006 bombing set off waves of killings turned violent again Monday, when a suicide car bomber struck a Shiite religious office in Baghdad, killing at least 18 and wounding 125.

The strike against the Shiite office was the deadliest single attack in the capital in three months. It occurred as a dispute escalated between Sunnis and Shiites over the Askariya Shrine in Samarra, a largely Sunni city north of Baghdad.

Later Monday, an improvised explosive device was found in the rear of a Sunni office in Adhamiya, a Sunni stronghold, and was detonated under the supervision of security officials.

Pakistan official suspended

ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court on Monday suspended the interior minister after he failed to provide proof that he had surrendered his British passport. The order was part of a wider court investigation into lawmakers who hold dual nationality with Western countries, including the United States.

Rehman Malik, who is one of President Asif Ali Zardari's closest aides, said he surrendered his British nationality before he was elected to the Senate in 2008, but he could not provide the necessary documentation Monday.

There was speculation that the government would appoint Mr. Malik as an "adviser" to the prime minister, with full ministerial powers - - effectively retaining him in his present post.

Protest over candidate

CAIRO -- The presidential candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood and two popular rivals eliminated in Egypt's elections called Monday for further street protests until Egypt's current military rulers enforce legislation disqualifying the other remaining candidate, former President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq.

The candidates endorsed a call for a major demonstration today to protest what they called the weak verdict handed down over the weekend in Mr. …

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