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Iraq shelves political talks as Saddam faces genocide charges

On the political front, talks on forming a national unity government were shelved despite stern warnings from US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her British counterpart Jack Straw who left Iraq Monday after an unprecedented two-day visit. The formation of the first permanent post-Saddam government has been delayed due to bitter wrangling over key ministerial posts and the premiership, with non-Shiite factions opposing the candidacy of incumbent prime minister Ibrahim Jaafari. The political vacuum saw Rice and Straw voice their frustration at the lack of political progress, although the two refrained from any direct reference as to who should lead the cabinet. Full Story

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