A bomb struck a municipal council building Tuesday in Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers, two U.S. government civilian employees, four Iraqi civilians and an Italian of Iraqi origin working as an interpreter for the Americans, U.S. officials said.

As officials began to release election results Monday, showing a split between Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition, accusations of President Robert Mugabe's government rigging returns to hide a loss threatened to throw the country into chaos.

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