Iraq violence kills 70

Added On January 16, 2014

Turning to Iraq...
Where a wave of attacks across the country, including car bombs in the capital Baghdad, killed 70 people on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in crisis-hit western Anbar province, battles continue between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaida linked militants.
Violence has escalated sharply in the war-torn country.
On Wednesday, at least eight car bombs and two roadside bombs ripped through busy areas in Baghdad during the day, killing a total of 39 people.
And in religiously mixed Diyala province north of Baghdad, a suicide bombing targeting a funeral killed 16 and wounded 20 others.
Meanwhile, fighting in Anbar province has entered its second week, as Sunni gunmen, including some from the Al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, overran two areas when police abandoned their posts.
Clashes erupted periodically in Ramadi and on the outskirts of Fallujah overnight, with two children killed and 13 civilians wounded
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Iraq's leaders to seek political reconciliation to resolve nationwide violence and the standoff in Anbar.
But Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has ruled out dialogue with militants as his forces launch large-scale security operations.