Yesterday marked a grim milestone when four American soldiers were killed from a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Now 4,000 U.S. soldiers have been lost in the conflict in Iraq, which is going into its sixth year. The soldiers were on patrol in southern Baghdad when the bomb struck their vehicle at about 10 p.m. Sunday. Another soldier was wounded in the attack.
Pakistan's parliament elected a new prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, a onetime house speaker and former aide to the late Benazir Bhutto. Gilani beat out Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, a supporter of President Pervez Musharraf, by a vote of 264 to 42. Gilani spent five years in prison under Musharraf's rule. He will be sworn in by the Pakistani president tomorrow.
Rescue crews worked throughout the night looking for a missing crew member from the Alaska Ranger, a fishing boat that sank off Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The captain of the vessel was killed, along with three crew members, and 42 crew members were rescued. The boat started taking on water around 3 a.m. Sunday. The cause of the sinking is undetermined.