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4 killed as bombings target security forces

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two bombings killed a total of four people Sunday in attacks targeting Iraq's security forces, officials said.

The first bomb exploded near a security patrol in the western city of Ramadi, killing a police officer and wounding seven people. Hours later, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint in Baghdad, killing three people -- including two police officers -- and wounding nine others.

Police and hospital officials in both Ramadi and Baghdad confirmed the casualty figures. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Violence has dropped across Iraq since the days when the country teetered on the brink of civil war a few years ago, but deadly attacks still happen nearly every day. Insurgents launch frequent attacks on Shiites and security forces loyal to the Shiite-led government in an attempt to revive sectarian fighting in the country.


Pope offers approach to economic crisis

AREZZO, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI is promoting the church's prescription for coping with the economic crisis: Share resources and pare lifestyles down to the essentials.

Benedict spoke about economic problems as he made a daylong pastoral visit Sunday to this Tuscan town. During his homily at Mass, he acknowledged that the complexity of the problems makes it hard to pinpoint "more rapid and efficient" solutions to the eurozone crisis, which he noted hits the weakest especially hard and is worrying the young, as they search for hard-to-find jobs.

The pope says the Catholic Church over the centuries has reacted to such problems by showing solidarity to those in need, sharing resources and "promoting more essential lifestyles."


Iranian TV station raided by government

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security officials have raided the offices of an Iranian TV station and confiscated its equipment for allegedly operating without permits.

Ahmed el-Sioufi, office director of Al-Alam TV, said Sunday the station has repeatedly applied for permits since it began operating here nearly nine years ago. He said Egyptian authorities always denied the request but allowed the station to operate.

It is a common practice by Egyptian security forces to crack down on media outlets.

In September, security forces raided the offices of Al-Jazeera Live Egypt. The station has since resumed broadcasting without a permit.

El-Sioufi said his son and another staffer have been detained.