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Iraqi PM in Basra in bid to end violence

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki arrived in Basra on Wednesday in a bid to stem escalating violence in the southern city. Tensions have been worsening in Shiite-dominated southern Iraq, where Britain has about 8,000 soldiers and other countries also have troops. Al-Maliki said earlier this week that his trip was an effort to “heal the rift and find a solution for what caused the latest events in Basra.” He met with tribal sheiks, city officials, army officers, representatives of the main political parties and local residents. About 700 people gathered at an auditorium to hear his address. Full Story

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