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Angry Shi'ites pelt Iraq ex-PM Allawi - police

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A crowd hurling shoes, rocks and tomatoes forced former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to cut short a visit on Sunday to Iraq's holiest Shi'ite shrine during a campaign trip to the city of Najaf, police officers said.

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Iraqi Shi'ite rivalries heat up ahead of polls

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Competing religious and secular politicians from Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim majority blamed each other on Saturday for economic hardships and human rights abuses.

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Many Iraqi voters want Americans to go home

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Anti-Western feeling is running high ahead of Iraq's election this month and many voters think sending U.S. troops home should be the priority of the next government, an informal survey by Reuters indicated.

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Sharon promises Peres post if wins re-election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ariel Sharon said on Sunday veteran statesman Shimon Peres would play an important role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking if the prime minister's new Kadima party won Israel's March election.

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Ballot boxes set on fire in Palestinian ballot

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Voting in a primary election for the ruling Fatah faction was halted in a Palestinian town near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday after ballot boxes were set on fire, election officials said.

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Ballot boxes set on fire in Palestinian ballot

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Voting in a primary election for the ruling Fatah faction was halted in a Palestinian town near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday after ballot boxes were set on fire, election officials said.

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Bush pitches war strategy, pullout pressure rises

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday rejected calls for a timetable to pull U.S. troops from Iraq, but the top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives added to the pressure by announcing her support for a quick withdrawal of forces.

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Bush pitches war strategy, more dead in Iraq

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. troops will be able to withdraw from Iraq as local forces gain competence, U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday, but near Baghdad the killing of nine people underscored a dire security situation two weeks before Iraq's milestone election.

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Bush pitches war strategy, pullout pressure rises

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday rejected calls for a timetable to pull U.S. troops from Iraq, but the top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives added to the pressure by announcing her support for a quick withdrawal of forces.

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Bush pitches war strategy, pullout pressure rises

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday rejected calls for a timetable to pull U.S. troops from Iraq, but the top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives added to the pressure by announcing her support for a quick withdrawal of forces.