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Bombs Kill 11 in Baghdad

Iraqi police say two car bombs exploded within minutes of each other in a mainly Shi'ite area on the edge of the Sadr City neighborhood. At least eight people died and scores were wounded in those bombings.

In central Baghdad, a bomb exploded in a busy market, killing at least three people and wounding at least 18 others. A roadside bomb attack hit a police patrol in eastern Baghdad, wounding at least three policemen.

In northern Iraq, a suicide truck bomb struck the office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (one of the main Kurdish political parties in Iraq) in Kirkuk, killing at least three people and wounding eight.

Meanwhile, defense lawyers began closing arguments today (Monday) in the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants accused of crimes against humanity. Saddam was not in the courtroom.

Saddam's lawyers said they would boycott the trial until a series of demands are met. In a statement issued after today's hearings began, the defense team demanded, among other things, more security and a probe into the killing of a defense lawyer last month.

After the defense concludes its final arguments, the court will adjourn for the judges to consider their verdict. Saddam and his co-defendants face possible execution if convicted.