Suicide blasts kill 33, including 12 children

Attacks in Iraq killed at least 33 people Sunday, including a dozen children who were slain when a suicide bomber detonated the explosives-laden car he was driving near their elementary school in the north of the country, officials said.

The attacks are the latest in a relentless wave of killing in Iraq’s deadliest outburst of violence since 2008. The mounting death tolls are raising fears that the country is falling back into the spiral of violence that brought it to the edge of civil war in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Sunday’s blasts began about 9:30 a.m. in the Shiite Turkmen village of Qabak, just outside the town of Tall Afar. The area around the stricken village has long been a hotbed of hard-to-rout Sunni insurgents and a corridor for extremist fighters arriving from nearby Syria.

One bombing in the tiny village targeted an elementary school while children were in class and another blast targeted a nearby police station, Tall Afar Mayor Abdul Aal al-Obeidi said.

The dead included 12 children, the school principal and two police officers. Ninety people were wounded, he said.

Another suicide bomber, this time on foot, struck later as Shiite pilgrims walked through the largely Sunni neighborhood of Waziriyah in Baghdad. At least 12 people were killed and 23 wounded in that attack, according to police and hospital officials.

It was the second time in less than 24 hours that a suicide bomber had thwarted security checkpoints and targeted Shiite pilgrims making their way to a golden-domed shrine in northern Baghdad where two revered Shiite saints are buried.

A suicide bombing in the largely Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiyah, not far from the site of Sunday’s attack, killed 51 people late Saturday, authorities said as they revised the death toll upward. That and other attacks Saturday killed a total of 75 people, including two television journalists shot on the job.

— Associated Press

Belgian-Iranian charged with spying

Israel on Sunday indicted a Belgian-Iranian man whom its prime minister cited in a high-profile speech at the United Nations on charges of spying for Iran.

Israel’s Justice Ministry said Ali Mansouri took notes on the security screenings at Israel’s major international airport and photographed the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and a separate classified security installation that it did not identify.

Israel’s Shin Bet security agency announced Mansouri’s arrest last week, saying that Iran recruited him last year and sent him to Israel to spy. He was arrested on Sept. 11 trying to leave the Ben Gurion Airport.

An attorney for Mansouri said the allegations are baseless.

— Associated Press

Argentine president ordered to rest after head injury: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government was moving into uncharted political territory on Sunday after doctors ordered the Argentine president to take a month’s rest upon finding blood on her brain from a head injury. Presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro did not say during his televised Saturday announcement about Fernández’s medical condition whether she will continue managing the country from her residence or take medical leave and hand the government over to Vice President Amado Boudou.

Divers recover more migrants’ bodies from Sicily wreck: Divers searched rough waters off the coast of Sicily on Sunday for the bodies of hundreds of migrants whose dream of escaping violence, poverty and oppression for a new life in Europe ended when their boat caught fire and sank. About 500 migrants were packed onto the boat, which capsized Thursday just a half-mile from their destination, according to survivors. Italian authorities say that 181 bodies have been recovered and that more than a hundred are missing.

Mexican monster-truck wreck kills 8, injures scores: An out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show, killing at least eight people and injuring 80 others, dozens seriously, officials said. Carlos González, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office, said the driver appeared to have lost control of the truck while performing a stunt at the Extreme Aeroshow on Saturday.

— From news services