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BAGHDAD — Three members of the same family and two other people were killed in violence in the capital and northern Iraq on Sunday, including a string of Baghdad rocket attacks, a security official said.

In the deadliest incident, gunmen wearing police uniforms stormed a family home in the Bayaa district of southwest Baghdad and killed three people, an interior ministry official said, without giving a motive.

He said another person was killed and 12 wounded in nine rocket attacks across Baghdad, including five fired into the heavily-fortified Green Zone that is home to the US embassy and parliament.

Baghdad operations command, which is responsible for security in the capital, said security forces had seized a rocket launcher in Al-Nahdha district, close to the interior ministry.

Eleven rockets were also seized, it said, without any arrests made.

A roadside bomb near the National Theatre in central Baghdad, meanwhile, wounded three people, the security official added.

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And in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, a sticky bomb affixed to a car carrying three tax agency officials exploded, killing one of them and wounding the two others, a police officer in the city said.

Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007 but attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad. A total of 211 people died as a result of attacks in April, according to official figures.

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Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.

Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

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The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

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