The U.N. Security Council

voted unanimously yesterday to extend the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq for one year, a move that Iraq's prime minister said would be his nation's "final request" for help. Authorization for the multinational force was extended until the end of 2008.

Insurgent violence

claimed lives and wounded people in several locations yesterday:

At least 11 people

were killed and 18 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a popular cafe in Abbara village, about 45 miles north of Baghdad, a police officer said. In northern Iraq, insurgents attacked guards protecting an oil pipeline 50 miles south of Mosul, killing six of the guards, police said. In Baghdad, a car bomb targeting a police patrol killed four people and wounded seven, police said.

- Associated Press