World briefs: Wave of terror in Iraq kills 52

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BAGHDAD -- A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq's capital Saturday night, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country's restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said.

The attacks in Baghdad largely focused on Shiite neighborhoods, underscoring the sectarian violence now striking at Iraq years after a similar wave nearly tore the country apart following the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Now with U.S. troops gone, Iraq finds itself fighting on fronts across the country, as separate clashes in a northern city killed 21 police officers and 38 militants, officials said.

The first Baghdad attack took place Saturday night in the capital's western Baiyaa district, killing nine people and wounding 22, police said. Later on, seven car bombs in different parts of Baghdad killed at least 41 people and wounded 62, police said. A roadside bomb in western Baghdad also killed two people and wounded six, police said. All the attacks happened in a one-hour period and largely targeted commercial streets in Shiite neighborhoods, authorities said.

34 massacred in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo -- Armed fighters attacked a town in eastern Congo late at night, massacring at least 34 people including women and children who were at a local church, officials said Saturday.

Provincial interior minister Jean Julien Miruho said that the violence in Mutarule late Friday also left at least 27 others wounded. Mr. Miruho said the identity of the assailants was unknown, though he believed the violence stemmed from livestock disputes in the area, about 40 miles from Bukavu.

Death sentences handed

CAIRO -- Ten supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were simultaneously sentenced to death on Saturday in the latest mass capital verdict by an Egyptian criminal court, a judicial practice that has drawn increasing international criticism.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, a 10-year prison sentence handed down to a high-ranking police official convicted in connection with the suffocation deaths of 37 suspects in custody last summer was overturned Saturday by an appeals court, according to the official Egyptian news agency.

Raw-material demands

NEW YORK -- Global use of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass will reach 140 billion metric tons a year by 2050, three times what it was in 2000, according to the United Nations' Environment Program's International Resource Panel.

Available water supplies will likely only satisfy 60 percent of global demand in 20 years, the panel said in a report on Friday. Many industries may be affected by shortages of some "key" metals in 50 years, it said.

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The Japanese government has withdrawn criteria it recently proposed for Self-Defense Forces' logistic support of multinational forces, and proposed three new conditions during security talks held by the ruling bloc Friday. ... The British police on Saturday released the Pakistani political leader Altaf Hussain, four days after he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, but said that he remained under investigation. ... Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, called on the United States on Friday to admit that President Bashar Assad has won the war in Syria and to accept Syrian government terms for a political settlement to the crisis.


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