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Iraqi prime minister announces new Cabinet

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Al Nujaifi (right) shakes hands with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, upon his arrival at the parliament building in Baghdad, on Monday (Reuters photo)
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki overcame last-minute bickering within his fragile coalition Monday and submitted a list of his new Cabinet, possibly clearing the final hurdle to seating a government more than nine months after national elections.

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'North Korea will not react to South drill'

North Korea said it would not react to "reckless" military drills by the South on Monday, despite an earlier threat to retaliate, and CNN reported that Pyongyang had agreed to the return of nuclear inspectors.

Egyptian to be tried on 'Mossad links'

An Egyptian trader is to be tried in the High security court on charges of spying for Israel and recruiting agents to report on telecoms secrets in Egypt, Lebanon and Syria, a judicial source said Monday.

Lacklustre performance

The ongoing Lower House of Parliament members� deliberations, with a view of casting the vote of confidence in the government�s action plan, offers an unsettling preview of what to expect in the remaining days of the debate.


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