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Iraqi Shiite Factions Struggle to Solve Political Impasse

Rival Shiite leaders agreed Sunday to allow Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s party to nominate the next prime minister on the condition that Mr. Jaafari step down. In response, the acting speaker of Parliament canceled today’s session of the assembly to give more time for negotiations. Also today, the trial of Saddam Hussein moved into a new phase, as the court heard a report from a handwriting expert linking the former leader and co-defendants to documents related to the execution of 148 residents of a Shiite village where he had escaped assassination. Full Story

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