Insurgents release more deadly bombs

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents unleashed a second day of deadly bombings in Iraq's capital and beyond Saturday, staging a series of carefully coordinated and increasingly sophisticated assaults that killed at least 65 over two days and appeared timed to deflate hopes in Washington and Baghdad that the installation of the nation's first democratically elected government would curb spiking violence.

At least 17 Iraqis and one U.S. soldier were killed in the bloodletting Saturday. The military also announced that six other U.S. soldiers had been killed and six wounded in Iraq since Thursday.

Communist Vietnam mark end of war

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Communist Vietnam marked the 30th anniversary of the war's end with a colorful parade of floats - some emblazoned with American business logos - down the same boulevard where North Vietnamese tanks rolled to victory against a U.S.-backed government.

Hundreds of aging veterans, their chests decked with medals, watched from the sidelines as uniformed soldiers and costumed dancers waving red national flags marched toward the Reunification Palace. The legendary Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, military architect of the war, was among them, standing alongside Vietnam's President Tran Duc Luong.

Iraq's neighbors pledge to boost border security

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Iraq's neighbors pledged Saturday to boost border security and increase intelligence sharing with the country's new government, steps that could stem the flow of insurgents slipping across the poorly patrolled frontiers.

The neighbors - which include Syria and Iran, two countries accused by U.S. officials of failing to prevent insurgents from crossing their borders - also agreed to hold a meeting of their interior ministers in Turkey in the coming weeks to discuss details of how they could better monitor their borders.

Seven killed in Afghan airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan - Warplanes attacked a rebel camp in a Taliban-haunted province of central Afghanistan, killing three civilians including a child as well as four suspected militants, the U.S. military said Saturday.

In another sign of instability, protesters in the western city of Herat shouted anti-American slogans and demanded the return of an ousted regional strongman, a day after a woman and her daughter were shot dead in unrest.

The airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces Friday came during a two-day offensive against insurgents in Uruzgan province, the U.S. military statement said.

Pope moves into papal apartments

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI plans to give his first Sunday noontime blessing from the papal apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square, the Vatican said, greeting the faithful from the same third-floor window where Pope John Paul II welcomed pilgrims for nearly 27 years.

Benedict moved into the apartment on Saturday, formally taking possession of the official papal residence that was sealed after John Paul died April 2, Vatican Radio said.

Benedict broke the seal - a red ribbon tied around the doorknob - on April 20, the day after he was elected. But he chose to remain at the Vatican hotel where he was sequestered during the conclave before moving in on Saturday.

Mass grave site under investigation

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Investigators have uncovered a large grave in Iraq that may contain the bodies of 1,500 Kurds killed in the 1980s. It could produce evidence needed to prosecute ousted leader Saddam Hussein and his top lieutenants for mass killings during his regime.

International forensic experts this week examined the mass grave site in Samawa, on the Euphrates River, about 230 miles southeast of Baghdad. Many of those buried in the 18 trenches were believed to be Kurds killed in 1987 and 1988 during a scorched-earth campaign, said Gregg Nivala, from the U.S. government's Regime Crimes Liaison Office.

- From wire reports