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Iraq Steps Up Security for Shiite Ceremony

Iraqi authorities set up new checkpoints and warned innkeepers Sunday to watch for suspicious people — all part of security measures to protect Shiites marking the holiest day of their calendar this week. The measures were put in place ahead of the feast of Ashoura to prevent a repeat of suicide bombings by al-Qaida in Iraq that killed at least 230 people during the past two years’ ceremonies. Full Story

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