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Iraq violence kills 54 in run-up to Shi’ite holy day

TIKRIT: Suicide bombers and gunmen killed at least 54 people in Iraq on Monday, medical and police sources said, in attacks mostly targeting Shi'ite Muslims, who mark a big religious festival next week. Al Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim militants have intensified attacks on the security forces, civilians and anyone seen as supporting the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad, tipping Iraq back into its deadliest levels of violence in five years. In Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, four men wearing explosive belts took…