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Baghdad hit by double car bombing

A double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.

Police officials said the bombs went off minutes apart near a restaurant in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighbourhood as people were gathering to break their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan.

Dark smoke billowed over Baghdad at dusk as ambulances ferried victims from the site.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president, as they struggle to form a new government amid the militant blitz that has engulfed much of northern and western Iraq.

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