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Baghdad returns to normal after day-long curfew

A nervous normality returned to Iraq’s capital on Sunday after a 24-hour curfew imposed after U.S. troops arrested a top politician’s bodyguard suspected of a plot to bomb the heavily fortified government compound. The curfew was lifted at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) and traffic converged on central Baghdad’s busy streets as shops and businesses re-opened for the start of the full working week. Though there is a daily overnight curfew and cars are banned during weekly prayers on Fridays, Saturday’s blanket ban on all movement, even on foot, was unusually severe and disrupted the social life normally associated with the holy month of Ramadan. Full Story

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