The United Nations has been trying since 2011 to countries that will take in the approximately 3,200 Iranians living in Camp Hurriya near the Baghdad airport -- some of them in Iraq since the 1980s -- but have so far only found new homes for 311 of them.
A fresh wave of bombings in Baghdad on Sunday killed at least 20 people, officials said, the latest assault by militants who have been fighting Iraqi security forces and allied tribes in country's west.
The deadliest attack took place in Baghdad's Shia northern Shaab neighborhood, when two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously near a restaurant and a tea house. Officials say those blasts killed 10 people and wounded 26.
Al-Qaeda militants have seized much of Fallujah, a key city in western Iraq, engaging Iraqi army forces in pitched battles there in a brazen challenge to Iraq's central government.
"The whole of Fallujah is taken," said Qasim Abed, a member of the provincial council in the region and the former governor of Anbar. "The situation is very bad."
Abed was reached Saturday by phone from his home in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, a mostly Sunni region west of Baghdad. He said militants have occupied police stations and government building throughout Fallujah and are also controlling limited parts of Ramadi.
The leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that carried out attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria's civil war died on Saturday while in custody in Lebanon, the army said.
In a short statement, the Lebanese army said Majid al-Majid "died this morning while undergoing treatment at the central military hospital after his health deteriorated." It did not elaborate.
The Chinese ship that helped ferry 52 passengers from an ice-bound vessel indicated it may be in trouble in antarctic waters, an Australian agency said Friday.
The Australia Maritime Ship Authority said the Xue Long notified the agency it had concerns about its "ability to move through heavy ice in the area." The Australian ship Aurora Australis, which is taking the 52 passengers removed from the Akademik Shokalskiy to the Australian state of Tasmania, has been placed on standby in open water as a precaution, the agency said in a release.
The 52 passengers of a Russian cruise ship stranded in an Antarctic ice pack were flown to safety Thursday by a Chinese helicopter, the rescue coordinator said.
The Akademik Shokalskiy has been stuck in the ice 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont d'Urville since Dec. 24 with a 22-person crew and 52 passengers, many of them scientists.
At least 14 people have been killed in a suicide bombing on a trolleybus crowded with morning commuters in Volgograd, less than 24 hours after another deadly suicide attack at the city's main train station.
The authorities initially said 15 people were dead, but a statement from local authorities subsequently put the toll at 14. Dozens were reported injured, including a one-year-old child who was in a critical condition.
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