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Iraqi Parliament Votes to Extend Session

Iraqi lawmakers say the nation's parliament voted Saturday to extend its current session until the end of July.

The session was due to close at the end of this month.

Lawmakers are under pressure to pass key measures aimed at promoting national reconciliation.

In a separate development, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reports that Iraq's president will visit Tehran this week. IRNA quotes Iraqi sources who say President Jalal Talabani is expected to meet with senior officials, including his Iranian counterpart, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.