Iraq

Attacks in Iraq Kill 11 People

United Nations urging leaders to resolve disputes

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BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq, including car bombs in Baghdad, killed 11 people on Thursday, the latest in a surge of violence that has left 166 dead in a week and sparked fears of all-out sectarian conflict.

The UN has called for Iraq's leaders to urgently hold talks to resolve wide-ranging political disputes that have been linked to the surge in unrest.

But the government's public response has thus far been limited to speeches, a shakeup of senior security officers and announcing a series of vague new measures relating to security.

Amid all the statements and pronouncements, the violence has intensified.