Son of late Iraqi Shiite leader takes over party
BAGHDAD - The son of the late leader of Iraq's largest Shiite political party on Monday took the reins of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, a party official said.
The choice of Ammar al-Hakim to succeed his father, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, was widely expected. But there have been questions whether the relatively inexperienced son can hold the organization together during a politically sensitive time in Iraq.
Party leaders have said they would stand behind the younger al-Hakim, who took charge of the party's affairs after his father withdrew after being diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2007. The elder al-Hakim died last week in neighboring Iran, where he was undergoing treatment.
2 American, 2 British troops killed in Afghanistan
KABUL - Bombs killed four NATO troops Monday - two Americans and two Britons - ending the deadliest month of the war for U.S. forces as the top NATO commander called for a new strategy to confront the Taliban.
The U.S. military said the two Americans were killed in separate explosions in southern Afghanistan but gave no further details. Their deaths brought to 47 the number of U.S. troops who have died in the Afghan war in August - three more than in July which had been the deadliest month.
In London, the British Ministry of Defense said the two British soldiers were killed by a bomb on a foot patrol north of Lashkar Gah, a southern Afghan city where Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid a surprise visit last weekend and promised help for his embattled force.
Jimena nearly Category 5, headed for Los Cabos
LOS CABOS, Mexico - Extremely dangerous and strengthening Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula on Monday, prompting emergency workers to set up makeshift shelters and chasing away an international finance conference.
Jimena, just short of Category 5 status - the top danger rating for a hurricane - could rake the harsh desert region fringed with picturesque beaches and fishing villages as a major storm by Tuesday evening, forecasters said.