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Uzbekistan warns over ‘evil, satanic’ rock music

TASHKENT – Uzbekistan’s state television Monday issued an unequivocal denunciation of rock and rap as a Western liberal excess, saying the music is epitomised by sadism, drug addiction and immorality. In a TV documentary called “Melody and Calamity” Uzbekistan’s second main channel Youht TV raised alarm over “pernicious influence of…

48 deaths reported in Iraq suicide bombing

SAMARRA, Iraq – The toll from a suicide bombing that targeted Shi’ite pilgrims near the city of Samarra, one of Iraq’s worst in recent weeks, rose to 48 dead and 80 wounded, police and officials said on Sunday. The bomber detonated an explosives vest on Saturday at a bus depot…