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2005-08-20 07:35:00

BAGHDAD -- U.S. concessions to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraqi law marked a turn in talks on a constitution, negotiators said on Saturday as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline under intense U.S. pressure to clinch a deal. U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment. Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish negotiators all said there was accord on a bigger role for Islamic law than Iraq had before. But a secular...

2005-08-17 05:46:42

By Andrew Hammond BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi politicians restart troubled talks on drafting a constitution on Wednesday with pressure on Sunni Arabs to agree to a heavily federated state. Weeks of talks ended in deadlock on Monday, the deadline for a deal, and parliament gave leaders of rival sectarian and ethnic groups a further week to settle their differences. If not, the assembly will face dissolution and the prospect of new elections in an atmosphere poisoned by a bloody...

2005-08-14 13:25:44

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's leaders wrangled over limits on regional autonomy in what could be the final 24 hours of negotiations about a new constitution, with expectations rising that they would meet a Monday deadline to clinch a deal. Parliament was summoned to a special sitting late on Monday and several negotiators said it was likely the National Assembly would be able to start reviewing the new charter right away. "At this meeting (of parliament), we...

2005-08-14 12:03:13

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's leaders wrangled over limits on regional autonomy in what could be the final 24 hours of negotiations about a new constitution, with expectations rising that they would meet a Monday deadline to clinch a deal. Parliament was summoned to a special sitting late on Monday and several negotiators said it was likely the National Assembly would be able to start reviewing the new charter right away. "At this meeting (of parliament), we...

2005-08-08 05:10:09

By Luke Baker ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - It may not be an independent state and is unlikely to gain that status any time soon. But land at the airport of its "capital" and you could be forgiven for thinking that Kurdistan was a country. Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region that occupies a large portion of northern Iraq, is just 45 minutes flying time from Baghdad. But there are no Iraqi flags at the "international" airport -- a single glass building stuck at the end of a short...

2005-07-29 08:34:21

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurds want at least partial control over northern oil resources in a post-war political system that ends uneven distribution of wealth, Planning Minister Barham Salih said on Friday. The Kurds, who emerged as a powerful faction in postwar Iraq along with the Shi'ite majority, are lobbying for a new constitution being drafted to allow all provinces, including southern oil centers, to participate in oil decision making, Salih, who is a leading...

2005-07-29 04:41:22

AMMAN (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurds want at least partial control over northern oil resources in a post-war political system that ends uneven distribution of wealth, Planning Minister Barham Salih said on Friday. "We call for allowing the provinces to participate in managing the oil sector because the strict central system of managing it has proved its failure," Salih, who is a leading Kurdish politician, told Reuters in an interview. Salih said negotiations to decentralize power over the...

2005-07-28 03:39:58

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suspected bomb on a railway line hit a train carrying oil products near Baghdad on Thursday, causing a huge fire, Iraqi police said. They said one person was killed and four wounded in the blaze. The train was carrying oil derivatives from a refinery in Doura, south of the capital, where the incident occurred. One police source said he believed a bomb targeted the train, while another said it may have been an accident. Reuters cameramen at the scene said the incident...

2005-07-10 09:59:41

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people and wounded more than 40 at an Iraqi army recruiting center in western Baghdad on Sunday, officials said. The attack came as a leaked British government memo revealed U.S. and British hopes to more than halve their troop numbers in Iraq over the next year. Any such plan would rely on recruiting and training Iraqi forces to take over. But army recruits are a prime target for insurgents. One Interior...

2005-07-10 04:22:36

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 40 at an Iraqi army recruiting center in western Baghdad on Sunday, hospital sources and police said. The attack, claimed by al Qaeda's Iraq wing in an Internet posting, was the bloodiest in a week that has seen something of a lull in mass killings. Some insurgents have turned on other targets, including, in al Qaeda's case, top foreign diplomats. A suicide car bomber also killed...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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