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Annan Arrives in Baghdad as Car Bomb Rocks Iraqi Capital


UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has arrived in Iraq's capital on an unannounced visit for talks with Iraqi leaders.

Mr. Annan is expected to hold a news conference with Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari after the two meet today-Saturday in Baghdad.

The UN leader's visit comes on the heels of stops in Baghdad by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

Mr. Annan's visit to Iraq is his first since U.S.-led forces ousted Saddam Hussein from power in April, 2003. The United Nations pulled out of Iraq several months later after a truck bomb at UN headquarters in Baghdad killed 22 people.

Mr. Annan's arrival today coincided with a car bomb attack at a market in eastern Baghdad. Police say at least four people were killed and a dozen others wounded.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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