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25 killed in north Iraq bus crash
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Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Aug 27, 2011

Egyptair resumes Baghdad flights after 21-year break
Cairo (AFP) Aug 27, 2011 - National carrier Egyptair on Saturday resumed direct flights to Iraq after a break of 21 years, the airline's chairman Hussein Massoud told AFP.

"The first Cairo-Baghdad flight left today with about 30 passengers on board," he said, adding Egyptair would fly four times a week to Baghdad and three times to Arbil, capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.

The service was scrapped in 1990 after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

At least 25 people, all but one of them women and children, were killed when a bus caught fire after being hit by a car in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Saturday, a police chief said.

The families were travelling on the bus from Baghdad to the northern Kurdish province of Dohuk when the vehicle got stuck in a pothole, according to Kirkuk province police chief Major General Jamal Taher Bakr.

Before it could be moved, a car crashed into the side of the bus, starting a fire. The bus's automatic doors did not open, trapping its passengers inside.

Of the 25 dead, 24 were women and children from the bus. The driver of the car was also killed. Seven other people were wounded, including the bus driver and five passengers.

"This is one of the most horrible accidents in Kirkuk's history," Bakr said.

Five police killed in twin Baghdad blasts
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 27, 2011 - Twin roadside bomb blasts in east Baghdad killed five policemen and wounded seven other people late on Saturday, an Iraqi interior ministry official said.

The explosions targeted a police patrol in the Ghadeer neighbourhood, the official said, on condition of anonymity. Of the seven wounded, three were police and the others civilians.

Saturday's violence comes after Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq threatened a campaign of 100 attacks, starting mid-August, to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden in a US special forces raid in Pakistan on May 4.

Violence is down across Iraq from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common. A total of 259 people were killed in violence in Iraq in July, according to official figures, the second-highest figure in 2011.

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