Iraqi police say a car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a Baghdad market.
They say 25 others were wounded in the blast in a mostly Shi'ite Muslim part of Dora -- a neighborhood in southern Baghdad.
Elsewhere in the capital onTuesday, a roadside bomb killed an Iraqi policeman, but an Iraqi Cabinet minister, Suhaila Abed Jaafar, minister of displacement and migration escaped unhurt from another bomb blast.
The attacks came as Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw met in Baghdad with President Jalal Talabani about the slow progress in forming a new Iraqi government. Straw stressed the government should not be dominated by one religious group. But Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said choosing a government is an internal affair.
Meanwhile, Jordanian officials have announced the release of a Jordanian embassy driver who had been held hostage in Iraq since December.