Suicide blasts at Jakarta Ritz, Marriott kill 8

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Suicide bombers posing as guests attacked American luxury hotels in Indonesia's capital and set off a pair of blasts Friday that killed eight people and wounded more than 50, authorities said.

The bombings, which came two minutes apart, ended a four-year lull in terror attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation. At least eight Americans were among the wounded.

The blasts at the high-rise J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels blew out windows and scattered debris and glass across the street, kicking up a thick plume of smoke.

The attackers evaded hotel security, smuggling explosives into the Marriott and assembling the bombs in a room on the 18th floor, where an undetonated device was found after the explosions.

Bombings kill 12 in Afghanistan

KABUL - Bombs killed a dozen people, including a British soldier and five children, in southern Afghanistan, authorities said Friday, as U.S. and British officials consider sending more troops to combat the growing Taliban insurgency.

The five children were among 11 people who died Friday when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province near the border with Pakistan.

US: 3 troops killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said Friday that three of its soldiers were killed in the south in an attack on a base outside Iraq's second largest city of Basra.

Also, three Iraqis were killed and more than 40 others were injured in bombings in Baghdad as huge crowds of pilgrims gathered to commemorate a revered Shiite saint. In Karmah, 50 miles west of the capital, the daughter and granddaughter of a police officer died in a bombing at his home.

Mexican police arrest 2 in teen's kidnapping, death

MEXICO CITY - Mexican police have arrested two men suspected of kidnapping a prominent businessman's teenage son, whose murder sparked nationwide protests against crime.

Jose Montiel, 34, and Noe Robles, 31, are believed to be members of a Mexico City gang responsible for at least 23 abductions, Federal Police intelligence coordinator Luis Cardenas said Friday.

Fernando Marti, the 14-year-old son of sporting goods magnate Alejandro Marti, was kidnapped at a fake police checkpoint in June 2008. His body was found in the trunk of a car two months later.