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Shootings, 2 bomb blasts kill at least 17

Iraq

BAGHDAD — Back-to-back bomb blasts in a crowded market near a revered Shi’ite shrine and a string of shootings targeting government officials killed at least 17 people on Saturday. The bombings, which happened within about a minute of each other, appeared be aimed at intimidating Iraq’s Shi’ites, who are a frequent target of Sunni insurgents. Police said that at least 11 people were killed and that 35 more were wounded. The blasts struck about 500 yards from a shrine where two revered imams are buried, damaging nearby shops and buildings, according to police. The attacks came as many shoppers were out buying new clothes in anticipation of the Eid al-Adha holiday, which will begin in about a week. (AP)

France

Protesters storm unfinished mosque

PARIS — Dozens of far-right extremists stormed atop an unfinished mosque in western France on Saturday to show their hostility toward it and to denounce immigration that has brought millions of Muslims into the country, a regional official said. About 70 protesters traveled from around France for Saturday morning’s demonstration in the city of Poitiers, which holds symbolic meaning as the place where a French medieval ruler once drove away Arab invaders, regional prefect Yves Dassonville said via phone. After police arrived, the protesters dispersed without resistance. Three were detained to face accusations of ‘‘incitement of racial hatred’’ and damage to property, he said. (AP)

Crowd in Egypt attacks reporter

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PARIS — A correspondent for France 24 TV was ‘‘savagely attacked’’ near Cairo’s Tahrir Square after being seized by a crowd, the network said Saturday. It was the latest case of violence against women at the epicenter of Egypt’s restive protests. The news channel said in a statement that Sonia Dridi was attacked about 10:30 p.m. Friday after a live broadcast on a protest at the square and was later rescued by a colleague and other witnesses. At the height of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS, was sexually assaulted and beaten in Tahrir Square. (AP)

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