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Iraqi voters long for peace, end to corruption

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Many Iraqis voting in Thursday's parliamentary election said they hoped to pick

Iraqis vote as blast hits Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis began voting on Thursday for their first four-year parliament since the fall of Saddam Hussein, with young and old walking to polling sites as a blast echoed across central Baghdad shortly after the start.

Iraq calm ahead of landmark election

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tough security and an informal rebel truce stifled all but sporadic violence in Iraq on Wednesday, the day before an election U.S. President George W. Bush said was drawing in Sunni Arabs and isolating insurgents.

Polls close after mostly calm, busy Iraq vote

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Polls closed in Iraq's parliamentary election at 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, after a mostly peaceful day in which people turned out to vote in large numbers across the country's sectarian and ethnic divides.

Iraq calm ahead of landmark election

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tough security and an informal rebel truce stifled all but sporadic violence the day before the election in Iraq, as U.S. President George W. Bush admitted on Wednesday his decision to go to war to topple Saddam Hussein was based on faulty intelligence.

Iraq voting extended by hour after big turnout

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Some Iraqi polling stations stayed open for an extra hour on Thursday to allow late voters to cast their ballots after a big turnout caused queues in some places, election officials said.

Polls open, Iraqis start voting

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Polling stations opened across Iraq on Thursday for the first election of a full four-year parliament since the fall of Saddam Hussein, and shortly afterwards a blast echoed across central Baghdad.

Bush to stress why U.S. must stay in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before Iraq's election, President George W. Bush will stress on Wednesday why he thinks the United States must stay in Iraq, in the last of a series of speeches intended to persuade more Americans to support his strategy.

U.S. expectations at stake in Iraq's historic poll

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - After losing more than 2,300 troops dead and spending over $250 billion in Iraq, the United States and its allies have an awful lot invested in Thursday's parliamentary election.

Iraq locks down for election

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq was largely calm on Wednesday on the eve of its parliamentary election with a stringent security crackdown preventing all but sporadic violence.