Crews search for more bodies in Algeria blasts

ALGIERS, Algeria - Rescuers in a shaken city Wednesday extracted the living and the dead from the crumpled remains of U.N. offices in Algiers that were bombed by an al-Qaida affiliate. Victims included U.N. staff from around the world, police officers and law students.

The Interior Ministry said 31 people were killed in Tuesday's twin truck bombings, as the official death toll slowly mounted. Initial reports elsewhere had much higher figures, though the government insisted it had no reason to conceal the full tally.

Bombs kill at least 41 in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Three car bombs exploded in quick succession Wednesday at the main market of a southern Shiite city, killing at least 41 people and wounding 150 others, police and local government officials said. It was the deadliest attack against Iraqi civilians in four months.

The devastating blasts in Amarah, an oil-producing city largely spared from sectarian bloodshed, occurred only days before Britain was expected to hand over a neighboring southern province - the last remaining under British control since the 2003 invasion.

Canadian serial killer sentenced

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia - Convicted serial killer Robert 'Willie' Pickton won't be eligible for parole for a minimum of 25 years, the maximum penalty allowed by law, a judge ruled Tuesday after hearing gripping testimony from victims' relatives.

The 15-year-old daughter of a woman murdered by the Canadian pig farmer said in a statement read aloud in court that her slaying was 'like ripping out my heart.'

Pickton was convicted Sunday of second-degree murder in the killings of six women and received an automatic life sentence. He could have been eligible for parole in as little as 10 years. Authorities said he butchered the women's remains and fed them to his pigs.

Car bomb kills Lebanese general

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A car bomb attack killed one of Lebanon's top generals and his driver on Wednesday, putting even more pressure on the country's delicate political situation.

The target of the attack, Brig. Gen. Francois Hajj, a top Maronite Catholic in the command, was considered a leading candidate to succeed the head of the military, Gen. Michel Suleiman, if Suleiman is elected president. Hajj, 55, also led a major military campaign against Islamic militants over the summer.