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Secular challenger hails Iraq election victory

BAGHDAD - (APINTL) Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Saturday his secular political alliance is open to bringing any of his rivals into a governing coalition that can restore Iraq's place in the Arab and Muslim world after years of war. Allawi's Iraqiya bloc came out the top vote-getter...

Al-Maliki bloc says 750,000 Iraqi votes in doubt

BAGHDAD - (AP) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political party claimed Sunday its investigation into the March 7 parliamentary election has thrown into question some 750,000 votes, enough to change the results of the nationwide poll. The State of Law alliance trailed by just two seats behind...

Iraq approves gas deal with Shell

BAGHDAD - (AP) Iraq has approved a $17 billion joint venture project with Royal Dutch Shell PLC to tap associated natural gas in four southern oil fields, the government announced Tuesday in its latest push to develop an oil sector battered by years of neglect and war. The deal is expected to be ...

Oil smuggling presents new embarrassment for Iraq

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq - (AP) The smuggling of tens of thousands of gallons a day of crude oil and refined fuels from northern Iraq to Iran, in violation of new U.S. sanctions, is stoking tensions between Iraq's central government and its Kurdish provincial counterparts. The reports about the oil...