A suicide car bomber struck the police headquarters in Basra on Tuesday, killing at least three officers and wounding 20 people amid fears over the southern city's deteriorating security situation. In Baghdad, meanwhile, at least seven people were killed -- six in a car bombing on a shopping street.
Iraqi soldiers arrested 64 suspected insurgents, mostly in northern provinces, as three people were killed in the country's raging sectarian and political violence, officials said on Saturday. In the latest violence, Hassan Wannas, a former member of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Saturday.
Saddam Hussein's defence team has accused a prosecution witness of perjury and on Wednesday demanded that the court be halted to allow an investigation into the veracity of all those the prosecution has brought to the stand during the seven-month trial.
United States and British forces freed three Christian peace activists -- a Briton and two Canadians -- without firing a shot early on Thursday, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street earlier this month. Meanwhile, at least 53 Iraqis died in violence.
Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer said on Thursday that the deposed Iraqi president wants United States President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair tried on allegations of committing war crimes. Khalil al-Dulaimi said Saddam wants to sue both leaders, along with US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for allegedly authorising the use of weapons such as depleted uranium artillery shells.
Two near simultaneous bombings targeted a crowded downtown Baghdad coffee shop and nearby restaurant, killing at least 23 people and wounding 26, according to police and hospital officials. The blasts occurred as the mother of abducted American reporter Jill Carroll appealed for her daughter's release.