Iraq: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw have made a surprise visit to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to urge Iraqi leaders to form a new government.
The two flew in secret and under tight security from Britain today (Sunday) in a joint effort to push forward political talks that have dragged on for more than three months after Iraq's legislative elections.
Rice told reporters traveling with her that the time had come for negotiations to produce a government of national unity.
Iraq/Carroll: Freed American hostage Jill Carroll has issued a statement in which she says her captors in Iraq threatened her and forced her to participate in a propaganda video.
In a statement read Saturday by her editor in Boston, Carroll thanked those in the U.S. and Iraqi governments who worked to secure her release. She also expressed gratitude to the U.S. military and her fellow journalists.
Carroll said her captors promised her she would be released if she cooperated with the propaganda video, and she agreed in hopes she could escape her threatening environment.
Carroll called her kidnappers criminals at best, and said she was deeply angry with them.
Thailand/Election: Thai police say three bombs have exploded in the restive southern part of the country, wounding at least five people just after polls closed in today's (Sunday's) general elections.
Officials say four soldiers and at least one police officer were wounded in blasts at three polling stations in Narathiwat province.
Voting was otherwise peaceful in snap elections called three years early by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The vote is considered a referendum on a government critics accuse of corruption and abuse of office.
Mr. Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party is expected to win easily. The prime minister says after the election he will consider his critics' complaints.
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