Top of the Morning: 80 Killed in Wave of Violence in Iraq

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Iraq Violence Spiraling Totally Out of Control

Meanwhile, neighboring Syria ethnic violence is reaching an all time high. “A series of rush hour bombings in Baghdad killed at least 80 people and wounded scores more on Wednesday, according to official sources. Several blasts shook the northern district of Kadhimiya, with the majority of victims believed to be Shi’ite Muslims…Iraq has been wracked by spiraling bloodshed with at least 4,137 civilians killed and 9,865 injured so far this year as enmity between Sunnis and Shi’ites becomes ever more vicious.” (TIME http://ti.me/1dR0WxJ)

Tanzania Gets Called Out on Child Labor in Gold Mines, Pledges Action

Tanzania says it is committed to ending child labor in small-scale gold mines, following the revelation of child labor in mines by a Human Rights Watch report. “‘Child labor is a serious problem in small-scale mines,’ Tanzania’s deputy energy and minerals minister, Stephen Masele, told Reuters on Wednesday, the same day the report was published. ‘More advocacy is needed to ensure parents understand the importance of education for their children,’ he said.’We have been carrying out frequent surprise inspections at mines to crack down on this problem.’ There are more than 800,000 miners working in small-scale gold operations in Tanzania, thousands of whom are children, the rights group said.” (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1dQBV5K)

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