Shootings and bombings in Iraq have killed at least 15 people, including three Iraqi soldiers in Kut, and a British soldier in Basra.
Around Baghdad, police reported finding at least 50 mutilated bodies showing signs of torture.
Gunmen kidnapped 14 people from computer shops in central Baghdad. On Sunday, kidnappers captured 26 workers from a meat processing factory in western Baghdad.
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad blamed most killings in Iraq on "death squads" associated with sectarian militias. Speaking on American television (CNN's Late Edition) Sunday, he said the Iraqi government must do more in the next two months to curb sectarian violence.
Iraqi lawmakers today voted to extend the country's state of emergency for 30 more days. The emergency declaration has been in effect since November 2004.