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    MANAMA, FEB. 3.After a brief lull following elections on Sunday, a series of violent incidents have rocked Iraq, including the ambush of 12 Iraqi soldiers near the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Five gunmen stopped a bus ferrying Iraqi troops who ...

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    Dhaka upset by India's withdrawal from summit
    DHAKA, FEB. 3. Bangladesh has termed India's decision not to attend the 13th SAARC summit in Dhaka scheduled for February 6 and 7 as "unwarranted and unexpected." Dhaka also rejected as "unacceptable" India's contentions about the "security ...



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