Bombs target Shiite pilgrims in Iraq; 26 killed

BAGHDAD - A female suicide bomber struck Shiite pilgrims south of Baghdad, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens, police said. It was the deadliest in a series of attacks on travelers heading to the holy city of Karbala for a major religious festival.

The woman blew herself up among a group of pilgrims resting on the side of the road in Iskandariyah as women were cooking dinner, men were praying and children were playing nearby, a witness said.

'Minutes after I passed the resting spot, I heard a big explosion. I turned my head back and saw big flames,' said Ahmed al-Saadi, a 34-year-old carpenter from Baghdad's Sadr City.

Zimbabwe opposition leaders stopped at airport

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Officials briefly confiscated the passports of Zimbabwe's top opposition leader and two aides as they tried to fly to South Africa on Thursday to attend a summit.

The seizure kept the three from flying Thursday, but opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his secretary general Tendai Biti and a third Movement for Democratic Change official still have time to get to the weekend summit of the Southern African Development Community.

US, Poland agree to deal

WARSAW, Poland - The Polish prime minister said Poland and the United States have reached an agreement that will see a battery of American missiles established inside Poland, a plan that has infuriated Russia and raised the specter of an escalation of tension with the country.

Donald Tusk, speaking in a televised interview from the capital, said Thursday that the United States agreed to Polish proposals that it help augment its defenses in exchange for placing 10 missile interceptors.

Afghan blast kills 3 in US-led coalition

KABUL, Afghanistan - An explosion targeting international troops on a foot patrol in southern Afghanistan killed three members of the U.S.-led coalition Thursday, the coalition said.

The coalition did not release any details about the attack, including the troops' nationalities or the location of the blast. American forces make up the vast majority of the coalition, which includes special forces units and soldiers who train Afghan army and police forces.