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Posted: April 16, 2013 at 3:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The terrorists want to grab headlines as we approach election day.” Iraqi Army Maj. Gen. Hassan al-Baydhani, discussing a string of bombings in his country Monday that killed at least 55 people ahead of provincial elections set for Saturday. Article, this page U.N. team surveys Japan’s nuke cleanup TOKYO — The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency Monday began reviewing the decommissioning process at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant, where new problems are triggering growing safety concerns about a cleanup expected to take decades.

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Bombs set off across Iraq kill 55

Civilians gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in east Baghdad's neighborhood of Kamaliya, Iraq, Monday, April 15, 2013. Less than a week before Iraqis in much of the country are scheduled to vote in the country's first elections since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal, a series of attacks across Iraq, many involving car bombs, has killed and wounded dozens of people, police said. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

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