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By PBS NewsHour
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari agreed Thursday to let Shiite lawmakers reconsider his nomination for a second term after months of dispute among Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni politicians over who will lead the new Iraqi government.
The fate of the draft Iraqi constitution remained unclear on Thursday after the Iraqi National Assembly announced it had no plans to meet to consider the charter, signaling a lack of agreement ahead of a self-imposed midnight deadline.
Residents of the southern Iraqi town of Musayyib continued to mourn Monday after a suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday night under a fuel tanker, which ignited a fireball that engulfed cars, shops and homes.
Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, a Sunni Arab businessman, was named interim Iraqi president Tuesday, completing the slate of top government officials who will work toward Iraq's first elections in January.
Two U.S. troops and seven U.S. civilian contract workers have gone missing in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials Monday.
A surge of kidnappings of foreign workers in Iraq continued Friday with insurgents claiming they seized four Italians and two Americans on the outskirts of Baghdad.
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