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World Digest: Attacks Kill 6 in Baghdad and Mosul

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

IRAQ

6 Killed in Attacks In Baghdad, Mosul

Gunmen killed five people in an attack on a security checkpoint in Baghdad, and a car bomb killed a man in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi authorities said.

An army officer and an Interior Ministry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the attack in western Baghdad on Sunday night killed two Iraqi police officers and three soldiers.

A police official in Mosul, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the car bomb Monday targeted a police patrol but missed, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring eight other bystanders.

Despite the violence, security has improved dramatically in Iraq. U.S. combat forces completed a pullout from Iraqi cities June 30.

-- Associated Press

MEXICO

PRI Makes Comeback In Midterm Elections

Mexico's long-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party promised Monday that it has changed its ways, a day after midterm elections made it the largest force in Congress again.

The PRI capitalized on its nationwide political network and the economic downturn to more than double its seats in Congress and win as many as five of the six governorship races at stake in Sunday's elections.

Party leader Beatriz Paredes credited the PRI's success to frustration over Mexico's economy, which is expected to contract 5.5 percent this year. "This election is a clear demand to solve the economic crisis," she said.

With 99 percent of the ballots counted Monday, the PRI was winning about 37 percent of the vote for Congress; President Felipe Calderón's conservative National Action Party, or PAN, had 28 percent.

-- Associated Press


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