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The sect had struck six churches, five primary schools, a police station and a police outpost, authorities said.

Bama was wanted in the Dec. 25 bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla that killed at least 44 people. Officials also believe he was involved in a federal police headquarters bombing last June and the U.N. headquarters suicide car bombing in Abuja in August that killed 25 people.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

IRAQ

Firebrand cleric says premier should resign

NAJAF — The firebrand Iraqi cleric whose followers are a swing vote in the nation’s ongoing government crisis said Sunday that the prime minister should resign if he cannot produce reforms.

In a rare and wide-ranging news conference, hard-line Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr admonished the Shiite-led government, saying it has shut Iraq’s minorities out of power and failed to fix legal systems and other public services.

As a result, and to jump-start the nation’s all but paralyzed government, Mr. al-Sadr said he is prepared to direct his party’s 40 lawmakers to support a “no confidence” vote against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki - as long as he is assured other political blocs in parliament provide the rest of the 163 votes needed.

His declaration delivers a sharp blow to Mr. Maliki’s efforts to hold on to power. The Shiite prime minister kept his job after 2010 national elections failed to produce a clear winner only with grudging support from Mr. al-Sadr, an old nemesis.

PERU

Drug meeting spotlights Peru’s cocaine problem

LIMA — Peru’s struggle with a resurgent cocaine trade is in the spotlight as it hosts nearly 60 nations in a conference on illicit drugs beginning Monday.

The U.N. and U.S. say the Andean country’s cocaine production likely now exceeds Colombia’s, making it the world’s No. 1 source of the drug.

President Ollanta Humala announced an ambitious antinarcotics plan in March.

So far, though, prosecutors say the corrupting influence of drug money consistently has frustrated money-laundering and drug prosecutions.

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