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Bombs Targeting Christians Kill 34 in Iraq

Iraqi officials say bombings targeting Christians in southern Baghdad have killed at least 34 people.

The deadliest blast happened Wednesday in the Dora neighborhood of the capital. A car bomb there killed at least 24 people and wounded 30 others outside a church where worshippers took part in services for Christmas, the holy day that marks the birth of Jesus.

Another blast in a nearby area killed 10 people and wounded 14 others.

The United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed in Iraq this year, in what has been the worst violence to hit the country since 2008. Most of the dead are civilians. More than twice as many civilians have been killed in 2013 than in 2012.

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