IRAQ

Bombings kill at least 30

Bomb blasts tore through two Baghdad neighborhoods Wednesday evening, killing at least 30 people and extending a relentless wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq. The attacks come as the country is experiencing its most sustained bout of violence since the 2011 U.S. military withdrawal. More than 500 people have been killed since the start of May. Wednesday’s deadliest attack struck a commercial street in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Jihad neighborhood, killing 18 and wounding 42, police said. Many of those slain were in a wedding party that was passing by when the blast went off, authorities said.

ENGLAND

Charges filed in slaying

Police charged a man late Wednesday with murder in the killing of a British soldier in a suspected Islamic extremist attack in broad daylight on a London street. Michael Adebowale, 22, will appear in court today, police said. He is one of two main suspects in the killing of Lee Rigby, 25, who was struck by a car and stabbed to death last week near his barracks in southeast London’s Woolwich district. Gruesome images that emerged after the attack showed two men wielding bloody knives and meat cleavers. Both men were shot and wounded by police. Suspect Michael Adebolajo, 28, remains hospitalized in stable condition. Adebowale was discharged from a hospital Tuesday and taken into custody.

FRANCE

Attack suspect arrested

DNA traces on an orange juice bottle and a surveillance video of a man praying in a mall led to the arrest Wednesday of a young suspected Islamic extremist accused of stabbing a French soldier patrolling a crowded area just outside Paris, officials said. The suspect, identified by police as Alexandre Dhaussy, had been tracked by authorities over several years. France has been on heightened security alert since its military intervention in January in the west African nation of Mali to oust Islamic radicals. The French soldier attacked on Saturday is recovering from his injuries and has been released from the hospital.

Compiled from wire reports.