Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein speaks during the resumption of his trial in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Monday June 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Erik de Castro, Pool)
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Iraq executed seven people Thursday, including three men convicted of the 1994 killing in Beirut of the father of a current MP, despite international condemnation over Baghdad's use of the death penalty.Lebanon severed its ties with Iraq in the aftermath of the killing, and it arrested five Iraqi diplomats and one Lebanese accomplice over the assassination.The other four diplomats later returned to Iraq only to flee after the 2003 US-led invasion that ousted Saddam.UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Iraq to halt executions on a visit to Baghdad in January.
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