Iraq condemns Turkish airstrikes

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament on Monday condemned the bombing of suspected Kurdish rebel bases by Turkish jets - an attack that seemed to carry tacit U.S. approval - and denounced the raid as an outrageous violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

As many as 50 Turkish fighter jets were involved in the airstrikes Sunday in the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq in the biggest attack against Turkish Kurd rebels in years, Turkish media said. An Iraqi official said the planes attacked several villages, killing one woman. The rebels said two civilians and five rebels died.

'We condemn this outrageous attack on Iraq's sovereignty,' Iraq's parliament said in a statement.

Putin will seek premiership after leaving office

MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin assured his political party Monday that Russia's age of Putin is far from over, pledging to accept an offer of the prime minister's post when he leaves the presidency next year.

Putin, whose power still seems ascendant, finally settled on one of his many post-presidential political options, which had ranged from altering the Russian constitution so he could run again to outright retirement.

The Russian president has pledged to accept a job that is, at least on paper, a demotion - perhaps confident of the power conferred by his enormous popularity and by the loyalty of the fellow KGB veterans he placed in many of the Kremlin's most important jobs.

Suicide bomber kills nine troops in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of Pakistani army recruits returning from a soccer game in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing nine of them, the army said.

The attacker struck near an army communications center in Kohat, about 30 miles from the city of Peshawar. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said nine troops were killed and four were wounded.

Russia makes first nuclear fuel shipment to Iranian plant

MOSCOW - Russia has made its first shipment of nuclear fuel to an Iranian nuclear power plant at the center of the international tensions over Tehran's atomic program, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The United States and Russia said the delivery gave Iran another reason to suspend its uranium enrichment program, but an official in Tehran said it would not.

- From wire reports