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Scores Of Casualties In Iraq Attacks

A car-bomb attack in Baghdad on September 26 (epa) September 26, 2006 -- At least 11 people, including two U.S. soldiers, were killed and many others injured in violent attacks in Iraq today.

Seven Iraqis were killed and 27 wounded in separate attacks in Baghdad, while Agriculture Minister Ya'rub Nazim al-Abbudi escaped an apparent assassination attempt unharmed.

Also in the capital, Iraqi authorities sentenced 24 militants from life to death sentences, with 11 militants set to receive capital punishment.

The genocide trial of former President Saddam Hussein adjourned for nearly two weeks. Hussein was kicked out of the courtroom today for the third consecutive time.

Presiding Judge Muhammad al-Uraybi ordered Hussein to be removed.

"The court has decided to remove the defendant, Saddam Hussein, from the courtroom," al-Uraybi said. "Take the defendant Saddam out, and the rest sit down. All the others, back in your seats."

Meanwhile, arrest warrants were issued against 88 former Iraqi officials, including 15 ministers, on charges of corruption.

An independent anti-corruption commission said that among those wanted are 61 "living as fugitives abroad." Interpol has been informed that they are wanted for prosecution in Iraq.

(dpa, Reuters, AP, AFP)

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