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Suicide bombers kill 15 in two more attacks

BAGHDAD -- Suicide bombers struck in Iraq for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people in two attacks in the province of Diyala and raising fears of a renewed insurgent campaign.

In the deadliest incident, a suicide bomber drove an ambulance packed with explosives into a police training center in the provincial capital of Baqubah, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. At least 13 people were killed and 70 injured, many of them police trainees.

In the second attack, a man wearing an explosive vest detonated himself near the convoy of a top provincial official during a gathering of Shiite pilgrims in the district of Khalis, north of Baqubah. The blast killed two and injured 15, including the official.

Wednesday's blasts came a day after a suicide attacker killed 60 people as they lined up to join the police force in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit. On Monday, a suicide bomber driving a car killed one person in an attack on the convoy of a provincial governor.

-- Washington Post


Duvalier may get involved in politics

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitian authorities want Jean-Claude Duvalier to leave the country, but the once-feared dictator will not go and could even choose to get involved in politics, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

Defense attorney Reynold Georges told reporters that it is Duvalier's right to remain in Haiti, but that he is free to travel. He stressed that Haiti's government has not ordered Duvalier to return to France following his surprise return on Sunday.

"He is free to do whatever he wants, go wherever he wants," Georges said of the once-feared strongman, known as "Baby Doc." "It is his right to live in his country He is going to stay. It is his country."

Duvalier stayed sequestered in his room at the upscale Hotel Karibe.

Haitian authorities moved toward trying Duvalier for alleged corruption and embezzlement committed during his brutal 15-year rule by opening an investigation on Tuesday, but specifics about the probe were scarce.


U.S. pastor barred from entering country

LONDON (AP) -- A U.S. pastor who had threatened to burn a Quran on an anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been barred from visiting Britain, its government said Wednesday.

Florida pastor Terry Jones had planned to address a right-wing group, England is Ours, and join it for meetings and demonstrations from Feb. 9 to Feb.16.

Stand Up America, a Florida-based group affiliated with Jones, said he was going to speak out against the radical elements of Islam.

Britain's Home Office said that Jones has been "excluded from the U.K." because the British government opposes extremism in all its forms.

"Coming to the U.K. is a privilege not a right, and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good," a statement said.


Law exempts queen, family from disclosure

LONDON (AP) -- What happens in the palace stays in the palace.

A new British law that took effect Wednesday makes Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William exempt from freedom of information laws, meaning many private details of their lives won't be made public for decades.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke defended the exemption, but information advocates say it will make it even harder to hold to account a royal family that costs taxpayers millions a year.

Under freedom of information laws that took effect in 2005, information about the royal family could be released if it was shown to be in the public interest.

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