Iraq bombings kill 10 in capital, northern village

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded in an alley Saturday in a village in northern Iraq, killing at least four people, wounding others and destroying eight homes, police said. Another six people died in bombings in Baghdad.

Thirty-eight people were wounded and several shops and cars were also damaged in the 3 p.m. explosion in the northern village of Kugjeli, according to a police officer in Ninevah Province, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

Obama hails Africa's promise

ACCRA, Ghana - America's president and Africa's son, Barack Obama dashed with pride onto the continent of his ancestors Saturday, challenging its people to shed corruption and conflict in favor of peace. Campaigning to all of Africa, he said 'Yes you can.'

'I say this knowing full well the tragic past that has sometimes haunted this part of the world,' Obama told a riveted Ghanaian Parliament. 'I have the blood of Africa within me.'

In the faces of those who lined the streets and in many of Obama's own words, this trip was personal. Beyond his message, the story was his presence - the first black U.S. president coming to poor, proud, predominantly black sub-Sahara Africa for his first time in office.

5 hurt in latest Spain bull run

PAMPLONA, Spain - A packed running of the bulls swollen by weekend crowds at Spain's San Fermin festival left five people with minor injuries Saturday, but there were no gorings the day after the first fatality in 14 years.

One man had a lucky escape when he confronted a lone bull that had broken away from the pack after a fall but he was only rolled on the ground and not caught by its horns.

He was taken to Navarra Hospital with a head injury.

British prime minister defends Afghan mission

LONDON - The deaths of eight British soldiers in Afghanistan within 24 hours triggered a debate in Britain on Saturday that could undercut public support for the war just as the U.S. is ramping up its own participation in the conflict.

With pictures of hearses and anguished relatives splashed across Britain's influential media, the government is under pressure to explain the reason for the soldiers' sacrifice and to defend the quality of its support for combat troops.

The deaths, on Thursday and Friday, pushed Britain's overall toll in Afghanistan to 184 - five more than the total British deaths in the Iraq war. The number is less than a third of the 657 American forces' deaths since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, according to U.S. figures.

But to a country that has not suffered significant casualties in years, the images of flag-draped British coffins are haunting.

Increasing British unease could have severe consequences for the Americans. With other European nations unwilling to send in more troops - and Afghan forces not ready to take up overall security - Britain's support is crucial to any American effort.

Pakistan: Mumbai attacks trial to start next week

ISLAMABAD - The trial of five men accused in the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people is likely to start next week, Pakistan's interior minister said Saturday, calling it proof of Islamabad's commitment to punishing those responsible for the assault.

Rehman Malik said the investigation into the role that the five played in the three-day siege of the Indian city of Mumbai last November is 'almost complete.'

He said the five men are in custody, and 'their trial is going to commence probably next week.'

Italian worker freed after 6 months

MANILA, Philippines - Al-Qaida-linked militants in the southern Philippines freed an ailing Italian Red Cross worker Sunday from six months of jungle captivity, officials said.

Eugenio Vagni, 63, appeared to be in good health but weak as Abu Sayyaf captors handed him over to a provincial vice governor in a jungle near Maimbung township on southern Jolo Island, officials said.

'He was weak but obviously very happy to have regained his freedom,' marine Col. Eugenio Clemen told The Associated Press.