Bombings kill 31 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber struck a crowd rushing to help schoolgirls trapped in a bus by an earlier bombing Monday, killing at least 31 people - the deadliest in a string of blasts that raise doubts about Iraqi security forces as the U.S. prepares to reduce troops.

The Interior Ministry, which provided casualty figures, said another 71 people were wounded in the twin blasts, the deadliest attack in Baghdad in six weeks. A third bomb exploded several hundred yards from the scene in the mostly Shiite Kasrah section of north Baghdad but caused no casualties, police said.

No group claimed responsibility for the attacks during the morning rush hour.

2 Italian Catholic nuns kidnapped

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Gunmen firing automatic weapons dragged two Italian Roman Catholic nuns from their home in rural Kenya on Monday and drove them into lawless Somalia in a rare cross-border kidnapping, officials said.

The nuns - Maria Teresa Olivero, 60, and Caterina Giraudo, 67 - were working on hunger and health programs in the northeastern town of El Wak, about six miles from the Somali border. The kidnapping highlights concerns among regional security officials that chaos in Somalia could lead to troubles in neighboring Kenya, which is struggling to patrol the long and porous border.

Crews expect no more survivors in school collapse

PETIONVILLE, Haiti - Crews in Haiti no longer expect to find anyone alive in the wreckage of a collapsed school.

The Virginia firefighter in charge of a U.S. rescue team also said it is unlikely the death toll will go much higher three days after the disaster.

At least 94 students and teachers were killed in when the concrete building suddenly crumbled.

Capt. Michael Istvan of Fairfax County Virginia said Monday that sonar and search dogs have located a few more bodies. But he said it is unlikely that anyone else is still alive.

Congo cholera outbreak spreads

KIBATI, Congo - A cholera outbreak in a sprawling refugee camp has spread to eastern Congo's provincial capital of Goma, increasing fears of an epidemic amid a tense standoff between troops and rebels, officials said.

Cholera cases rose slightly Monday in the towns of Goma and Kibati, with at least 90 known cases and six new admissions overnight.