Iraq: Three car bombs have exploded in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding about 40 others.
Iraqi officials say three people were killed and 25 wounded today (Monday) in a blast near the Ministry of Health building. Hours later, bombs hidden in two cars near Mustansiriya University in eastern Baghdad killed three people and wounded at least 15 others.
The attacks, which follow a rocket blast that killed seven people Sunday, come as Prime Minister-designate Jawad al-Maliki begins the daunting task of trying to form a national unity government.
Bin Laden Tape: Sudan and the Hamas-led Palestinian government have distanced themselves from a call by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden for Islamic holy wars on their behalf.
Officials with the two governments were reacting today (Monday) to a tape that aired Sunday on Arabic al-Jazeera television with bin Laden accusing the West of waging what he called a "crusader-Zionist war" against Muslims.
He said Western involvement in Sudan's Darfur conflict, and the West's decision to cut off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian government is evidence of such a war.
Nepal: Nepalese officials say at least five communist rebels and a soldier have been killed during an overnight attack on security bases and government buildings in Nepal's north-central region.
The rebels cut off all communication with the town of Chautara, about 100 kilometers east of Kathmandu.
In the capital, the royal government imposed a new daytime seven-hour curfew and shoot-on-sight order today (Monday) after 18 days of strikes and anti-monarchy protests.
Hu - Africa: Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Morocco today.
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