VIOLENCE

Bombings Kill 19 in Iraq

Three bombs went off in a crowded market in the southern city of Basra in Iraq Thursday night, killing 19 people and injuring at least 64 more. There was no immediate claim of responsibility yet—both Sunni and Shiite militants are equally likely to have staged the attacks. The bombings show signs of the challenges that Iraq faces once American troops withdraw by the end of the year.