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Two ambulances came out of the port shortly after the ship docked, followed more than two hours later around midnight by a fleet of buses taking passengers to hotels. Inside the buses, several people appeared tired, but many others smiled and one man waved to reporters waiting outside the port.


March violence lowest since U.S. invasion

BAGHDAD The number of Iraqis killed in violence in March was the lowest monthly figure since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, official figures released on Sunday showed.

In total, 112 Iraqis - including 78 civilians, 22 policemen and 12 soldiers - died in attacks nationwide, according to figures compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defense.

The previous low for a month was in November 2009, when 122 people died.

From wire dispatches and staff reports