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Last week, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said a sophisticated group of conspirators was involved in the bombing at the Black Sea resort town.

Israel has blamed the attack on Iran and its proxy groups, including the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Iran has denied responsibility, and Bulgarian authorities have not blamed any particular group.


U.S. urges patience in dealing with dissidents

The Obama administration is worried about a threat from the Iraqi government to forcibly shut a camp for Iranian dissidents north of Baghdad.

Falih al-Fayadh, Iraq’s national security adviser, on Tuesday said the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) must move out of Camp Ashraf immediately or be forced to leave.

The State Department urged the Iraqi government to be “patient and flexible” and seek a voluntary arrangement for relocating the former rebels, who were disarmed by U.S. troops after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

“The United States is concerned by the government of Iraq’s reference on July 31 to the possible closure of Camp Ashraf by involuntary relocation of its residents,” said Patrick Ventrell, the State Department’s acting deputy spokesman, in a statement on Wednesday.

Saddam allowed the dissidents to establish their paramilitary base in Iraq, but the group has fallen out of favor with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, which is close to Iran.


Teddy bears drop in, bring down 2 generals

MINSK — It’s probably the first time in history that teddy bears have defeated generals.

President Alexander Lukashenko’s office said two generals were sacked after a Swedish light plane intruded on the authoritarian state’s airspace and dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying slogans supporting human rights and media freedom.

Officials in the ex-Soviet state denied the July 4 incident until Mr. Lukashenko called a government meeting last week to scold authorities for allowing a “provocation.”

On Tuesday, the Belarusian ruler fired the nation’s air defense chief and the head of the Border Guards service, and reprimanded several other top security officials.

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