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Iraq’s Al-Maliki Tours Baghdad Streets

Iraq’s prime minister ventured into Baghdad’s streets and chatted with Iraqis at police checkpoints Friday to showcase security ahead of an international conference aimed at stabilizing the country with help from its neighbors. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shook hands with Iraqi soldiers and bent down to kiss children who lined up behind cement barriers in the street in a mostly Shiite area of south Baghdad. The prime minister took advantage of the weekly four-hour vehicle ban every Friday for the Muslim holy day when there is little traffic in the streets. Full Story

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