Two car bomb explosions in Baghdad have killed at least 22 Iraqis and wounded about 80 others.
Authorities say both bombs exploded near police targets in eastern Baghdad. The dead include police and civilians.
Separately, Iraqi officials say the bodies of 60 men who were tortured and shot to death were found overnight in the capital. All apparently were victims of sectarian death squads.
In other news, a militant group in Iraq, in a statement posted on the Internet, threatens to kill a Turkish hostage unless the company that employs him shuts down its operations in Iraq within 72 hours.
The U.S. military announced today that two more American soldiers were killed in combat, one in Anbar province (west of Baghdad) and one south of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, the lead prosecutor in the trial of (former Iraqi leader) Saddam Hussein has asked the chief judge to step down. The prosecutor complains the judge has failed to control outbursts in court by the defendants and their lawyers.