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Iraqi Political Leaders Continue Work on Draft Constitution

Iraqi political leaders representing the country's different ethnic and religious groups held more separate consultations Thursday to work out key points of a new constitution.

A draft of the document is due on Monday, but several issues are still not resolved. One of those is federalism, which the Kurds want to protect their self-rule in northern Iraq. The Shi'ites are divided, while Sunni Arabs are strongly against federalism.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council renewed for another year its Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). That mission helps Iraqis draft the constitution and organize elections.

In the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military says one of its unmanned aerial vehicles crashed without harming anyone on the ground. But it says the vehicle has not been recovered because people on the ground carried it away after it crashed.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.