Militants kill 20
in overnight attack
Militants in Iraq launched an attack on a military barracks in a remote area in the country's north and killed 20 troops overnight, including some who had been bound and shot at close range, authorities said Sunday as other attacks killed 18.
The killings at the military barracks in the village of Ayn al-Jahish outside Mosul mirrored two previous assaults earlier this year in the area targeting security forces. They also represent the latest blow to the government's efforts to achieve stability in restive Sunni-dominated areas.
Gunmen staged the assault late Saturday, two police officers said, shooting some at short range while others died fighting the insurgents when they stormed the barracks. A medical official said 11 troops had their hands tied behind their backs.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite took a big step Sunday toward winning reelection, dominating the first round of voting in the Baltic country's sixth presidential ballot since it regained independence in 1991. Lithuania's election commission said Grybauskaite, a former European Union budget commissioner, had about 45 percent of the vote in the election with 95 percent of the ballots counted. - AP