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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for rare attacks in Iraq's deep Shiite south on Sunday, twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawa killing at least 33 people. "The hospitals have received 33 dead," a senior official in the Muthanna health department, which covers Samawa, told AFP. An officer in Muthanna Operations Command confirmed the toll.
Queen Elizabeth has appeared with U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in a light-hearted video to promote a sporting event for injured British, American and allied military personnel. Prince Harry, the queen's grandson, launched the first of the Invictus games in London in 2014 and the second will take place in Orlando, Florida between May 8 and May 12, featuring athletics, cycling, swimming, volleyball and other sports. The video shows Harry and his grandmother receiving a video message from the Obamas on a smartphone, in which they promise strong U.S. sporting competition.