Shiite politician killed by bomb in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed a prominent member of Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement Thursday, raising fears of new internal Shiite bloodshed ahead of regional elections expected in January.

The victims' allies blamed U.S. and Iraqi forces for the blast. Suspicion also fell on Shiite splinter groups - some with suspected links to Iran, which has sheltered al-Sadr for nearly 18 months.

Dalai Lama hospitalized

NEW DELHI - The Dalai Lama was hospitalized in New Delhi, his spokesman said early Thursday, just two days after a medical checkup cleared the Tibetan spiritual leader to resume foreign travel.

Tenzin Taklha told The Associated Press that the Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital for 'further consultations with doctors.'

Taklha declined to say when he was hospitalized or provide any details on his condition.

In August, the 73-year-old Dalai Lama was admitted to a Mumbai hospital and underwent tests for abdominal discomfort. Doctors advised him to cancel a planned trip to Europe and rest, saying he was suffering from exhaustion.

French writer wins Nobel literature prize

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - France's Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio won the 2008 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for works characterized by 'poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy' and focused on the environment, especially the desert.

Le Clezio, 68, is the first French writer to win the prestigious award since Chinese-born Frenchman Gao Xingjian was honored in 2000 and the 14th since the Nobel Prizes began in 1901.

Suspected US missile strike reported in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has been reported in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

The two local Pakistani intelligence officials said the strike occurred Thursday in Tappi village in North Waziristan, a region considered a stronghold for al-Qaida and Taliban militants.