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Suicide Bomber Attacks Funeral Procession in Iraq

An explosives-packed car slams into a funeral procession in a Shiite neighborhood, the latest in a wave of attacks on Shiites across Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops last month.

(NYT) Baghdad - The attack struck a procession of family and friends for a real estate agent who was fatally shot in Baghdad. There were conflicting reports about the death toll. According to a security official, 22 people died and nearly three dozen were wounded. Other officials said the death toll was slightly higher and as many as 50 were wounded.

The attack appeared similar to others mounted by Al Qaeda in Iraq in recent weeks, shifting attention toward those with close ties to Iran in an effort to push back on the country's influence in Iraq in the wake of the American withdrawal.

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The Rush For Africa Is Getting Crowded — Who Will Be Shut Out?

African countries have shown through the Ukrainian war that their support should not be taken for granted. Chinese, Americans, Europeans and others are competing for influence on a continent that has become a global prize.

photo of Central business district Nairobi, Kenya

Central business district Nairobi, Kenya

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Pierre Haski

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PARIS — There was a time when the great powers of the world would compete against each other to conquer vast territories of the African continent. Today, they are instead vying to seduce, convince, and sometimes buy the support of countries that have never been so eagerly courted.

The 55 African States carry real value (no matter the criterion — be it economic, political, security, demographic) that leaves no one indifferent. Within two decades, China has become the lead partner of the continent, supplanting the former colonial powers; Russia is regaining its areas of influence from the old Soviet days, spearheaded by the Wagner paramilitary group; the Americans are back too; Turkey, India, Japan, and Brazil also have a dog in the fight.

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