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Iraqi PM to fill key posts; blast kills 5

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced he will fill vacancies at the crucial defense and interior ministries over the weekend, despite failing to reach an agreement on candidates with Iraq’s fractious ethnic and sectarian parties. The appointments, which must be approved by parliament, are the keystone of al-Maliki’s plan to take complete control of security around Iraq from U.S.-led forces within the next 18 months. Full Story

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