Iraqi officials say attacks across the country have killed at least 70 people, including at least 30 victims in a single bomb attack on Baghdad's Shi'ite Sadr City neighborhood.
The morning explosion struck a group of Shi'ite laborers who were waiting for work.
Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley was in Baghdad Monday for talks on military and political cooperation. President Bush's chief security advisor arrived earlier Monday and met with Iraq's prime minister and other top officials.
His visit came as the U.S. military announced that two more U.S. servicemen were killed in Iraq, bringing U.S. troop deaths in October up to 101 -- the highest monthly total since January 2005.
Also Monday, British officials said they are moving civilian staff from the British consulate in Basra to a nearby airport because of safety concerns.
Officials blamed the move on recent mortar and rocket attacks on the compound.
The British consul-general will remain at the complex, while civilian staff will relocate to an airport outside Basra.
Information for this report is provided by ap, afp, reuters and cpic