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Parliamentary workers count votes to elect a speaker in Baghdad. Iraq's Parliament approved key leadership positions in a first step toward forming a new government. A breakthrough deal returns Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to office for a second term but falls short of Sunni hopes for greater political power. (Associated Press)

Parliamentary workers count votes to elect a speaker in Baghdad. Iraq's Parliament approved key leadership positions in a first step toward forming a new government. A breakthrough deal returns Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to office for a second term but falls short of Sunni hopes for greater political power. (Associated Press)

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