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Seven die in Iraq suicide blast
Suicide bomb attack in Baquba
The bus was on its way to a training centre when it was rammed
A suicide car bomber has killed at least seven people in an attack on a bus of police recruits north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

At least 13 others were wounded in the attack, near Baquba, 60km (35 miles) from of the capital.

The recruits were travelling to a training centre when their bus was rammed by the vehicle.

Separately, Iraqi police found eight bodies south of the capital. It is not known how they died or who killed them.

The latest violence came as Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari held talks with Kurdish leaders in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

Discussions are focusing on proposals to form a government of national unity following the general election in mid-December.

"We agreed on essential principles for exerting efforts to form a broad-based government, a strong national unity government," President of the Kurdish region, Masoud Barzani said.

"Meetings will be continued later here and in Baghdad and we will continue to co-operate until we achieve what is beneficial for Iraq," he said.

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