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In Iraq, Fighting Reported In Fallujah, Bombings In Baghdad

Shelling and clashes in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have killed eight people.

Ahmed Shami, the chief of Fallujah's main hospital, told the French news agency AFP that two children were among the dead in the May 9 violence.

The latest deaths come as government forces and supporting tribal fighters continue efforts to retake Sunni-majority Fallujah, west of Baghdad, from militants who seized it in January.

In other violence, a series of attacks in Iraq killed 15 people on May 8.

The deadliest of the day's attacks was a bombing inside a small cafe in Baghdad's northeastern suburb of Husseiniyah, which killed four people.

Violence has surged in Iraq recently.

According to the United Nations, 8,868 people were killed in Iraq last year. That is the country's highest death toll since the peak of sectarian bloodletting in 2007 and 2008.
Based on reporting by AFP and AP