Suicide bomber kills 15 at rally in Pakistani capital

n ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday before a rally supporting Pakistan's chief justice against the president, killing 15 people in the latest attack in a spate of violence since the army stormed a mosque held by Islamic extremists.

The bloodshed has heightened tensions, with religious radicals calling for more revenge attacks on the government and troops moving into militant strongholds on the border with Afghanistan - a move welcomed by Washington as a help in the fight against terror groups.

U.S. troops storm insurgent area north of Baghdad

n BAGHDAD - U.S. troops stormed Tuesday into an insurgent-controlled area of a turbulent province where police reported that gunmen - some wearing military clothing - had massacred 29 Shiite villagers the night before.

The fighting escalated north of Baghdad as America's top general said parts of Iraq are undergoing a 'sea change' in security, notably Ramadi where Sunni tribes have turned against al-Qaida in Iraq. Attacks against U.S. forces in that city have dropped dramatically.

But success in some areas is tempered by violence elsewhere and continued doubts over the ability of Iraq's political leaders to set aside their differences and achieve a lasting peace.

Rugby player finds tooth in his forehead

n BRISBANE, Australia - Rugby player Ben Czislowski was playing for Brisbane team Wynnum during an April 1 incident involving Tweed Heads forward Matt Austin. He had a head wound stitched up afterward, the Australian Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Czislowski later suffered an eye infection and complained of lethargy and shooting pains in his head. Then last week, his doctor found a tooth imbedded in Czislowski's head.

'I can laugh about it now, but the doctor told me it could have been serious, with teeth carrying germs,' Czislowski said.

Russians vow response to British actions

n MOSCOW - Russia held off Tuesday on a threatened response to Britain's expulsion of four of its diplomats in the bitter standoff over the poisoning death of a former KGB officer, but it warned London it was on a 'direct path to confrontation.'

With Russian newspapers headlining a diplomatic war, Moscow had been expected to announce a response to the expulsions, possibly one that involved throwing out British diplomats.