Briefly World: Car bombs hit Iraq markets; kill 31, wound dozens

Car bombs hit Iraq markets; kill 31, wound dozens

Baghdad: Four car bombs struck two outdoor markets in predominantly Shia areas of Iraq Friday, killing

at least 31 and wounding dozens. Demonstrators meanwhile blocked Iraq's main highway to Jordan nearthe city of Ramadi, performing Muslim prayers, the highlight of the religious week.

54 civilians killed in Syria military factory blast

BEIRUT: A bombing at a bus stop near a military factory in central Syria this week killed 54 people, all civilian workers at the plant, an activist group said Friday. Rami Abdul-Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion took place on Wednesday in the village of al-Buraq, near the central city of Hama.

Iran denies involvement in Bulgaria bomb attack

SOFIA: Iran played no part in the bombing of a bus last year that killed Israeli tourists, its ambassador to Bulgaria said Friday, rejecting Israeli charges that it was involved in the attack. "This (the attack) has nothing to do with Iran," Gholamreza Bageri told reporters. "We are against any form of terrorism and strongly condemn such actions."

Prachanda re-elected as Nepal Maoist president

Kathmandu: Prachanda, the powerful Maoist leader who became the prime minister after toppling the 239-year-old monarchy in Nepal, was Friday re-elected as the president of the ruling UCPN-Maoist party.

13 killed, 64 injured in icy China expressway pile-up

Beijing: Thirteen people were killed and 64 injured in multiple vehicle pile-up on an icy expressway in central China's Hunan province Friday, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Malala discharged from Birmingham hospital

London: Almost four months since she was shot in the head, Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai has been released from a UK hospital where she was being treated after being attacked by the Taliban. Yousufzai made a good recovery from a five-hour operation she underwent at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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