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Triple bombing kills 26 in western Iraq

A triple bombing aimed at a reconciliation meeting in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens Sunday, highlighting fears that insurgents are regrouping in what was once the epicenter of their revolt. The blasts coincided with growing concerns that crucial national elections scheduled for January may have to be postponed if lawmakers fail to agree soon on a new election law.

The midday bombings targeted the Anbar provincial council's headquarters during a meeting between representatives of the Shiite-led government and local members of the Awakening movement, a Sunni group that turned against the insurgency in 2006.

Filipino troops search for kidnapped priest

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine troops and police searched for a 78-year-old Irish missionary after heavily armed men abducted him from the garden of his residence in the country's volatile south.

The six gunmen dragged the Rev. Michael Sinnott into a van in front of his horrified aides inside the Columban House compound in Pagadian city, Zamboanga del Sur province, late Sunday, regional police commander Angelo Sunglao said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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