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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before

Some of the most recent reporting on the violence surrounding the bombing of a major Shia shrine in Iraq:

BBC, headline and 1st paragraph (current worldwide headline)

"Dozens die amid Iraqi shrine fury

Many Sunni mosques have been vandalised in BaghdadMore than 100 people have been killed in Iraq in the aftermath of a bomb attack on a key Shia Muslim shrine."

ABC, headline and 1st paragraph (1 hour old)

"Iraq forces on alert as sectarian killings mount

Iraq canceled all leave for the police and army and placed them on the highest alert as the death toll mounted on Thursday in sectarian violence that has swept the country after bombs wrecked a major Shi'ite shrine. "

By the way, ABC's first international headline is "Rice makes surprise visit to Lebanon", with "Sectarian Violence Increasing in Iraq" coming third.

ABC does cover the bombing itself in a somewhat older article - the most recent one I could find on the subject:

"Sectarian Violence Increasing in Iraq

Insurgents posing as police destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines Wednesday, setting off an unprecedented spasm of sectarian violence. Angry crowds thronged the streets, militiamen attacked Sunni mosques, and at least 19 people were killed."

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