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Shiites seek cease-fire from cleric

Delegates representing Shiite groups forming the largest bloc in Iraq’s parliament gathered Thursday at the home of the country’s top Shiite cleric to seek his blessing for a new coalition that would promote national reconciliation. Many of the delegates traveled late Wednesday to the holy city of Najaf, where they were meeting Thursday morning with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, an official in the cleric’s office said. The others were traveling to Najaf on Thursday. Full Story

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