A car bomb has exploded in the Iraqi captial of Baghdad killing at least 35 people and wounding 80 more.
The blast occurred next to a crowded market in the Shi’ite Bayaa district – which has been a repeated target of attacks blamed on Sunni Muslim’s allegedly link to al-Qaeda.
People close-by used blankets to carry the dead and injured to pick-up trucks taking them to hospital.
Elsewhere other attacks claimed at least 15 lives.
Meanwhile, Iraqi lawmakers say they may shorten their two month summer recess to pass legislation to ease sectarian tensions.
The United States is continuing pressure on parliament to scrap the holiday altogether.
US President George W Bush is sending 30,000 more troops to Iraq to support a security crackdown in Baghdad as car bombs continue to plague the city.