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Iraq blasts kill 20 as year's death toll passes 5,000

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Bombings in Iraq killed 20 people Sunday and brought the year's toll to more than 5,000 dead in a surge in violence that authorities have failed to curb, officials said. 

Smoke billows from the site of a car bomb explosion in the central Iraqi city of Kut, on October 13, 2013

Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.

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