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Iraq’s premier in talks with key Shiite

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki consulted with Iraq’s Shiite spiritual leader and a radical, anti-U.S. cleric Wednesday in a bid to enlist support for efforts to build political consensus and tackle widening sectarian violence. Al-Maliki’s call on Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Muqtada al-Sadr came as the Shiite prime minister faces growing U.S. pressure to show more resolve in dealing with the daily carnage of sectarian bombings and attacks. Full Story

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