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BRUSSELS (AP) — Gerard Mortier, the Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who worked tirelessly to bring the art closer to the public, has died. He was 70.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint Sunday in southern Iraq, the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed 42 people, officials said. The violence, which comes a few weeks before scheduled elections, is the latest by insurgents bent on destabilizing the country.