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Rotating eight-hour blackouts in the Gaza Strip began Sunday as Israel cut back the supply of fuel to the territory's only generating plant. The Jewish state said it was sending a "stern message" to Palestinian militants in Gaza to stop targeting Israelis with daily rocket and mortar fire. Israeli forces also wound up a four-day offensive in Gaza, killing at least 17 people and rounding up suspected militants (some of them being blindfolded by a soldier, above).

A terrorist bomber killed himself and at least 10 other people at Army Day celebrations in Baghdad. Seventeen more were wounded in the attack, the worst of four in the capital Sunday. A drive-by shooting in Baghdad also killed a Shiite organizer of an armed antimilitia force. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, returning from a set of medical tests in London, said his government would integrate into the Army and police Sunni groups that have switched sides and now oppose Al Qaeda. But he warned that such groups must be safeguarded against infiltration by terrorists.


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