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US Military Probes Killing of Iraqi by US Marines

The U.S. military says it has opened a criminal probe into the death of a relative of Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations. The son of Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie's cousin was killed in June as U.S. Marines searched his home in western Iraq.

A U.S. military statement Sunday says the top Marine commander in Iraq has referred the case to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Mohammed Sumaidaie was killed near Haditha on June 25. Weeks later, the ambassador called the killing a crime and demanded a full investigation.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurdish, Sunni and Shi'ite negotiators are meeting today in an 11th-hour effort to agree on a constitution ahead of a Monday night deadline.

Negotiators have been unable to bridge differences over demands for political autonomy and the role of Islamic law in post-war Iraq.

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

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