October 23rd, 2012
01:48 AM ET

Explosions in and around Baghdad kill at least 9

[Updated 6:05 a.m.]  The death toll rose to 11 from a series of separate explosions in and around Baghdad Thursday morning. Also 32 people were wounded in the attacks, police said.

[Posted at 1:48 am] Three separate explosions in and around Baghdad killed at least nine people and wounded 15 Tuesday morning, police said.

In one attack in northwestern Baghdad, a mortar round landed on a residential area and killed seven people. Several house were damaged.

In another, a car bomb exploded near an outdoor market killing two people and wounded 10.

In the western outskirts of Baghdad, a mortar round landed in a residential area and wounded three people.

Overall, violence in Iraq has dropped since the peak of sectarian attacks between 2005 and 2007, but lethal attacks continue to occur almost daily.

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October 23rd, 2012
01:40 AM ET

Scientists aghast after colleagues convicted of manslaughter over Italy quake

Earthquake experts around the world say they are appalled by an Italian court's decision to convict six scientists on manslaughter charges for failing to predict the deadly quake that devastated the city of L'Aquila. They warned the ruling could severely harm future scientific research.

The court in L'Aquila sentenced the scientists and a government official Monday to six years in prison, ruling that they didn't accurately communicate the risk of the earthquake in 2009 that killed more than 300 people.

The trial centered on a meeting a week before the 6.3-magnitude quake struck. At the meeting, the experts determined that it was "unlikely" but not impossible that a major quake would take place, despite concern among the city's residents over recent seismic activity.

 

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