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Iraqi Delegates Seek Agreement on Charter as Deadline Nears

Political leaders from across Iraq are meeting in Baghdad to try to remove obstacles blocking agreement on a new constitution.

President Jalal Talabani hosted Kurdish, Shi'ite and Sunni delegates Sunday and said an accord can be reached in time for parliament to approve the charter by an August 15 deadline.

Delegates remain deeply divided over key issues including federalism, national identity, and the role of Islam.

Earlier in the day, a suicide truck bomber killed at least five people outside a police station in Tikrit. In Baghdad, at least five Iraqis were killed in drive-by shootings.

To the south, at least one person was killed and more than 40 were injured when hundreds of townspeople protesting poor public services clashed with police.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.