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Iraqi Politicians Still Negotiating to Form Government


Iraqi Kurdish negotiators say they will resume talks Monday with the country's dominant Shi'ite alliance to hammer out details of a coalition government.

One of the negotiators, Fuad Masoum, says there are further, important issues that need to be resolved before a government is formed.

Negotiators have been hoping to agree on a government before Iraq's National Assembly convenes for the first time on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb south of Baghdad killed two American security contractors Sunday. To the north, in Mosul, witnesses say three Iraqi civilians were killed when a U.S. helicopter fired on insurgents.

Also Sunday, a previously-unknown group claimed responsibility for last week's bomb attack on a Shi'ite funeral that killed 50 people. It says the attack was to demonstrate opposition to Shi'ites who are set to take control of Iraq's new government.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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