A terrorist infiltrated a reconciliation conference of tribal leaders as it was breaking up in western Baghdad Tuesday and triggered an explosive belt, killing at least 33 people and wounding about two dozen others. Reports said the casualties also included Army officers, police, and three TV journalists. The attack was the second of its type in Baghdad since President Obama announced last weekend that 12,000 US troops will leave Iraq by September.
Tibet and restive western China were calm but tense Tuesday as Army troops and police kept a lid on any attempt to observe the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that led the Dalai Lama to flee into exile. Communist Party officials ordered the security forces to "do this month's work well; this is crucial." From India, where he makes his home, the Dalai Lama said Tibet has become a "hell on earth" under China's control.