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U.S. Scrambles to Salvage Transition

The U.S. governor in Iraq headed back to Washington for talks today with President Bush’s foreign policy team amid deep uncertainty within the administration over how to save its plan for handing over political power to Iraqis by July 1. L. Paul Bremer will meet with administration officials on the eve of talks Monday at the United Nations over Iraq’s future. After a year of tension with the world body, Washington is now trying to build a partnership with the United Nations to help solve a growing dispute over how to select a new Iraqi government to replace the U.S. occupation, U.S officials said yesterday. As they reached out to the United Nations, administration officials sought to placate key allies yesterday by saying that they are leaning toward switching course to allow France, Germany and Russia to bid on contracts for rebuilding the war-torn country. Full Story

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