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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Violence Kills at Least 21 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD -- A series of bomb explosions in and around Baghdad killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens Tuesday while police found the bodies of 23 men scattered around the capital, officials said.

Also on Tuesday, Iraq's parliament took tentative steps to resolve a rancorous deadlock over autonomous regions.

The parliament carried out the two main parts of a deal reached this week to end months of political paralysis, naming a committee to draft amendments to the constitution and reading out a bill that would allow regional autonomy.

Majority Shiites want to create an autonomous region in their oil-rich southern heartland.

Minority Sunnis fear this would siphon oil wealth from Baghdad and could tear the country apart, and want to amend the constitution to strengthen the powers of the central government.

(AP, Reuters)