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Bus Bomb in Baghdad's Sadr City Kills 2


Iraqi police say a bomb killed at least two people in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite Sadr City neighborhood Tuesday.

They say the bomb, hidden in an minibus, wounded three others. It exploded near the office of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a militia leader and major Shi'ite figure.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, two bomb attacks wounded four police officers. And south of the capital, gunmen killed a school teacher.

On Monday, car bombings and shootings in the Iraqi capital killed 14 people and wounded 80. Authorities also discovered the bodies of 28 men, most of them police recruits, who had been shot to death and dumped at two sites in Baghdad.

On the political front, Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Jawad al-Maliki is working to form a national unity government.

Mr. Maliki was designated prime minister Saturday after Iraq's Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties settled a four-month deadlock over leadership positions.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the political leaders' approval of Mr. Maliki and other top officials is a "thrilling" and "enormous" accomplishment. He also linked the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan to what he sees as the need to prevent Iran from carrying out policies that are, in his words, "dangerous to the world."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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