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Although the question of Macedonia’s name is sometimes seen as superficial by outsiders, it is a matter of deep concern to both sides.

The young country has used the name in one form or another since shortly after World War II, when it was a province of Yugoslavia. But Greece considers use of the name historically inaccurate at best and a potential threat to its territorial integrity at worst.


Attacks kill 21 Shiite pilgrims

BAGHDAD — Bomb attacks struck Shiite pilgrims Monday during an important religious ritual for the Muslim sect, killing 21 people and wounding nearly 100 others, Iraqi officials said.

Pilgrims marking the ritual of Ashoura are often targeted by Sunni extremists who believe that Shiites are not true Muslims.

In Monday’s first attack, a bomb exploded in Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of the Iraqi capital, killing two of them and wounding three others, police said.

Hours later, a car bomb exploded near a group of pilgrims in the town of Mahaweel as they were heading to the city of Karbala, killing eight people and wounding about 56 other pilgrims, said police officials in Babil province.

And two later attacks against Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad killed 11 people and wounded 32 others, police said.


Communists seek to exhume laureate Neruda’s remains

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Communist Party is asking to exhume the remains of Nobel literature laureate Pablo Neruda because of allegations he had been poisoned.

Party member Juan Andres Lagos said the request will be reviewed by Judge Mario Carroza, who is probing deaths potentially caused by abuses during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.


King names French-speaking leader

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