1. ATTACK

    Bomber Kills 19 in Iraq

    Iraqis inspect the site of a blast in the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Saidiya on January 27, 2012, a day after a bomb ripped through a billiards cafe. Iraq has been hit by a spate of attacks since US forces completed their withdrawal in December, with the war-torn country mired in a political standoff that has pitted the Shiite-led government against the main Sunni-backed political bloc. AFP/PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ahmad Al-Rubaye, AFP / Getty Images

    After a period of relative calm in Baghdad, peace was interrupted Sunday when a suicide car bomber killed at least 19 people at a checkpoint near a police training academy Sunday. A political crisis pitting Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against senior members of the Sunni opposition is creating tensions on the streets of Iraq, and on Thursday a panel of judges said 150 attacks were carried out by death squads under the command of Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi.

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