Iraq: Car bombs in Iraq today (Sunday) killed 15 people in a mostly Shi'ite neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad.
Iraqi security officials say 50 other people were wounded in the back-to-back explosions (in al-Shurta al-Rabeia) near a popular market.
In northwestern Baghdad, meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed at least six people in a small bus.
North of the capital, authorities say two British military helicopters crashed, killing two soldiers and injuring five.
Earlier reports said the helicopters and troops were American.
British officials said the crash appeared to be caused by a mid-air collision, and not an insurgent attack.
Afghanistan: Officials in Afghanistan say a suicide bomber has killed four Afghan employees of a U.S.-owned private security firm, and wounded one other in southern Kandahar province.
Authorities said today (Sunday) the bomber rode a motorbike next to a vehicle owned by the company (U.S. Protection and Investigations) and detonated his explosives. Three guards and the vehicle's driver were killed. Another guard was wounded.
On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed seven police officers and a civilian in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province, near the Pakistan border. The Taleban is reported to have taken responsibility for the blast.
Separately, a statement from the U.S.-led coalition today (Sunday) said six Taleban militants were killed Saturday in fighting with Afghan and coalition forces in southern Helmand province.
Sudan – Darfur: The African Union says gunmen in Sudan's troubled Darfur region have killed another A.U. peacekeeper.
An A.U. spokesman says the unidentified attackers shot the peacekeeper and stole his vehicle late Saturday near the entrance of an A.U. compound in Al-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state. The nationality of the dead peacekeeper was not disclosed.
Seven A.U. troops have been killed in Darfur so far this month.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte had visited the A.U. compound in Al-Fasher on Saturday. He is in Sudan to try to persuade the government to permit the deployment of U.N. troops in Darfur.
The seven-thousand A.U. peacekeepers currently in Darfur are poorly-equipped and have failed to ease the violence obstructing humanitarian work in the region.
China – Darfur: China's foreign minister says resolving the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region requires the international community to pursue both political dialogue and the deployment of peacekeepers.
Chinese state media say Li Zhaoxing made the comment in a phone conversation today (Sunday) with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Li told Mr. Ban that political and diplomatic efforts to resolve the Darfur crisis are just as important as deploying U.N. peacekeepers to the region.
Chinese state media say Mr. Ban thanked Beijing for playing what he called a "constructive" role in seeking a solution to the Darfur conflict.
Human rights groups accuse China of not pressing Sudan hard enough to accept U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur.
China is a major buyer of Sudanese oil, and provides Khartoum with military equipment. Beijing opposes calls for U.N. sanctions against Sudan.
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