Iraq car bombs kill 16

BAGHDAD - Car bombs in two Shiite villages on the outskirts of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed 16 civilians and injured more than two dozen on Wednesday, authorities said.

The motive for the attacks was not immediately clear. Their strength diminished, some Sunni insurgents still seek to re-ignite sectarian violence with the majority Shiites and reverse Iraq's security gains in the past two years.

Ethnic tensions among Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs are also high in the disputed region; mostly Shiite Turkmen live in the villages that were struck.

Chinese troops flood streets after riots

URUMQI, China - In this city's largest Muslim neighborhood, a quiet backstreet market displayed carts of watermelons, shops offered cold soft drinks, and smoky grills sizzled with lamb kebabs. Suddenly, someone yelled, 'The Han are coming!'

The shout alerted Muslim Uighurs to the approach of marauders from the Chinese Han ethnic majority who have been fighting them in three days of bloody communal violence that left 156 people dead.

Within seconds, children scampered indoors and women shrieked. From behind closed doors, the men pulled makeshift spears - actually long poles with knives or meat cleavers tied to the ends. Piles of rocks were gathered for ammunition. Although Chinese riot police kept the vigilantes away, the incident sent a wave of panic and terror through the Er Dao Qiao neighborhood.

Suspected US strikes kill 45

ISLAMABAD - Suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft launched two attacks against militants loyal to the head of the Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday, killing at least 45 in the latest in a barrage of strikes against a group also being targeted by the Pakistani military, intelligence officials said.

The convergence of U.S. and Pakistani interests in the South Waziristan tribal region suggests the two uneasy allies were cooperating in the strikes, making it harder for Islamabad to protest them publicly as it has in the past.

The army denied signing off on the attacks and insisted they were hurting its campaign against Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud by alienating local tribes it is trying to enlist in the fight.