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66 people killed in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD — At least 66 people were killed in attacks across Iraq on Saturday, officials said. Among the attacks, suicide bombers blew themselves up amid Shi’ite pilgrims in northern Baghdad, killing 43, and in a cafe in Balad, a largely Shi’ite town north of Baghdad, killing 13. A reporter and a cameraman for the Sharqiya TV channel were shot while working on a report in the northern city of Mosul. (AP)

LIBYA

16 soldiers killed in military post attack

TRIPOLI — Gunmen attacked a Libyan military post southeast of the capital, Tripoli, on Saturday, killing 16 soldiers. The attackers rode vehicles mounted with machine guns. The highway between the towns of Tarhouna and Bani Walid, on which the post was located, was closed after the attack in an attempt to track down the attackers. Bani Walid was one of the last strongholds for supporters of dictator Moammar Khadafy in the country’s 2011 civil war. (AP)

COLOMBIA

Americans among crash fatalities

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BOGOTA — A small plane crashed during an antidrug mission in a remote region near the Panama border on Saturday, killing four of six people aboard. The military said five people on the plane were Americans and the sixth was Panamanian. Farmers reported the crash, which occurred about 1 a.m. There was no immediate information on a possible cause. The army said two others on the plane were taken to a hospital. (AP)

TUNISIA

Parties looking to break impasse

TUNIS — Nearly all of Tunisia’s feuding political parties have signed on to a roadmap designed to break an impasse and put an end to the country’s democratic transition. Most of the Islamist-led ruling coalition as well as parties in the largely secular opposition agreed to begin a dialogue on replacing the government with a technocratic body to supervise elections. That new body is expected to be in place in about a month. (AP)

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