IRAQ

Bombings kill 24 people

A bomb hidden inside a pickup truck loaded with vegetables exploded in a market north of Baghdad, the deadlier of two vehicle bombings that killed 24 people in Iraq on Thursday. The blasts in the city of Samarra and the Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib follow a spate of attacks a day earlier that killed at least 82.

MALI

Deadly flooding in capital

Scores of panicked relatives crowded morgues in the capital Thursday, searching for missing loved ones a day after torrential rains flooded Bamako. A government statement read on state television confirmed 24 deaths after Wednesday’s storm; newspapers were reporting more than 50 killed.

KENYA

Bus plunges into valley

The driver of a bus traveling on a dark, country road in Kenya lost control of the vehicle early Thursday and it plunged into a valley, shearing the roof off as it rolled and killing at least 41 people, officials said. Police said more than two dozen others were injured.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

93 ill in cholera outbreak

Authorities were checking the water in the city of San Cristobal on Thursday after a sharp rise in cholera in recent days. The director of the Ministry of Health’s water department said cholera has sickened at least 93 people in the past week in San Cristobal. None of the cases has been fatal.

COLOMBIA

Peaceful march unravels

About 30,000 people marched peacefully Thursday in Bogota in support of a 10-day protest by small farmers, then pandemonium broke out as masked youths hurling rocks and bricks fought tear gas-firing riot police and shattered store windows. At least four people were arrested and 12 police officers injured in the capital melee, police said. Red Cross officials said 10 civilians were hurt.

Compiled from wire reports.