Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says negotiations have already begun to free an Italian journalist kidnapped Friday in Iraq. Gunmen nabbed Giuliana Sgrena off a Baghdad street by blocking her car with another vehicle. Ms. Sgrena is a reporter for Il Manifesto newspaper. An unknown group calling itself the Islamic Jihad Organization has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping on an Internet website. It has given Italy four days to get out of Iraq, threatening more action.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military says a roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded seven others Friday in the northern city of Banji. Also Friday, Iraq's election commission said partial results from Sunday's vote show the main Shi'ite coalition continues its large lead over the group headed by U.S.-backed interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.