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Maliki arrives to meet Mubarak

CAIRO | Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki arrived in Cairo on Tuesday, a day before he was scheduled to meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, an airport official said.

Mr. Maliki has been touring the region to gather support in his fight to keep his post after an inconclusive March 7 general election.

The Shiite-led State of Law bloc finished a narrow second behind the Sunni-dominated Iraqiya group of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi with whom he is locked in a protracted battle for the premiership.


Emotions stirred by Sharon sculpture

JERUSALEM | A lifelike sculpture of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is stirring high emotions among Israelis.

Mr. Sharon, the tough army general turned politician who led Israel during the trying years of the second Palestinian uprising and uprooted Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005, suffered a devastating stroke on Jan. 4, 2006, that has left him comatose for nearly five years.

An art exhibit opening this week in Tel Aviv, which features a wax figurelike sculpture of Mr. Sharon in his hospital bed, has enraged his political supporters.

“There’s no art here, only sickening voyeurism,” said Yoel Hasson, a parliament member from Mr. Sharon’s Kadima party.

“This is not the way I would like to remember Sharon,” said Raanan Gissin, Mr. Sharon’s former adviser and confidant, after visiting the Tel Aviv art gallery where the sculpture is exhibited. “I think Sharon would say, ‘I would rather not be remembered, than be remembered that way.’”

From wire dispatches and staff reports