Clashes between Iraqi police and Shia militants in southern Iraq have left five people dead.
The police in the town of Samawa said the fighting broke out on Thursday with militiamen loyal to the Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.
Also in southern Iraq, four Iraqi soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near the town of Hilla.
In south Baghdad, a car bomb exploded on Thursday night, killing 15 people, including a group of wedding guests.
Three children were among the dead. About 27 people were injured, including the bride and groom.
The explosion occurred in front of a photo studio in Abu Dshir where the wedding party had gathered for pictures.
Several nearby shops and businesses were badly damaged in the blast.
Abu Dshir is a Shia enclave in Baghdad's lawless, mainly Sunni, neighbourhood of Dora.
In other developments:
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