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United Nations to hold solemn ceremony one year after deadly Iraq attack

The United Nations is marking the one year anniversary of a powerful suicide bombing at its Baghdad offices that killed 22 people and prompted many foreign aid workers to flee Iraq. Against a sombre background of rain and storm clouds, Secretary General Kofi Annan is due to deliver a speech at a ceremony in Geneva, home to the United Nations’ European headquarters, which will be attended by relatives and friends of the dead as well as UN and other humanitarian agency officials. Simultaneous ceremonies will also be held in New York and Amman as the world body commemorates one of its darkest days in which 10 foreign and five local UN staff died along with seven other people. Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN envoy to Iraq, was the most senior person killed. Full Story

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