Bomb kills 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A bomb exploded Wednesday outside a home in southwestern Baghdad, killing a woman and her two children, as other bombings killed at least seven Iraqi security personnel and a local politician in the capital and a volatile northern area.

The blast outside the home of Mohammed Ali Wais in the Baghdad neighborhood of Radwaniyah killed his wife and two children. Wais, who was unharmed, is a friend of a hard-line Sunni leader who has been accused of supporting insurgents in Iraq. A month earlier, Wais' brother, a professor at a university in western Iraq, was killed.

A police official, who spoke about the bombing on condition of anonymity because he is not an official spokesman, did not have information on a possible motive.

More troops requested in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Wednesday that a request for new troops from the U.S. commander in Afghanistan may have to be revised amid growing uncertainty inside the Obama administration over whether to escalate the American commitment to the eight-year war.

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said the troop request from U.S. and NATO commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be delivered by the week's end.

But Defense Secretary Robert Gates will not look to escalate the military mission in Afghanistan until President Barack Obama and his national security team 'are ready to consider it,' Morrell said.

Palin talks US-China relations

HONG KONG - Months after abruptly resigning as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin resurfaced in Hong Kong on Wednesday more moderate in tone and better versed in international affairs, possibly laying the first brick for a 2012 White House bid.

In her first overseas speech, the former vice presidential candidate touched on a wide range of issues - from financial markets and Afghanistan to China-U.S. relations and health care - before a room packed with more than a thousand investors and bankers at an annual investment conference.

'I'm going to call it like I see it, and I will share with you candidly a view right from Main Street, Main Street U.S.A.,' Palin said, according to a video of part of the speech obtained by The Associated Press. 'And how perhaps my view of Main Street ... how that affects you and your business.'