The U.S. military in Iraq says it is still investigating the massive explosion at a U.S. military base near the northern city of Mosul Tuesday that killed 22 people and wounded 72 others. A statement issued today says the dead include 14 American soldiers, four U.S. civilian contractors and four Iraqi security force members. Of the wounded, it says 51 were U.S. military personnel and the rest were American and other civilians. The military says 29 of the wounded have been treated at area hospitals and released.
French President Jacques Chirac says two French journalists, freed by Iraqi insurgents Tuesday, are on the way back to Paris. The announcement came shortly after a French air force jet with Foreign minister Michel Barnire on board left Paris to pick up Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, who had been kidnapped in August.
Two people claiming to be North Koreans have entered the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam. Sweden's foreign ministry says the two entered the embassy in Hanoi this week. Stockholm says it is working to find a solution to the issue, but did not say whether the two are seeking political asylum. Other North Koreans are believed to have entered Vietnam, Laos and other Southeast Asian countries.
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