Iraq's interim government has extended a state of emergency after a week of deadly attacks, including a single bombing that killed 125 people.
The state of emergency was first imposed in November and will remain in effect across Iraq, except in the Kurdish north, until the end of the month. The laws give authorities extra powers to impose curfews and restrict travel. Insurgents pressed on with their attacks Thursday, killing five Iraqi police with two almost simultaneous car bombs outside the Interior Ministry in Baghdad. And another car bomb near police headquarters in Baquba killed one person. Farther north, insurgents blew up a gas pipeline near Kirkuk. Meanwhile, the U.S. military announced that three American soldiers were killed Wednesday in separate incidents in and around Baghdad.