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Iraqi Judge Orders Arrest of 2 British Soldiers


An Iraqi judge in the southern city of Basra has ordered the arrest of two British soldiers freed Monday in a controversial British raid on a local prison.

The charges against the soldiers include killing an Iraqi policeman and wounding another. British officials said the warrants have no legal basis, because British troops come under British jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad, the leader, Abdel Aziz al-Hakim of Iraq's largest Shi'ite political party - Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq endorsed the draft constitution and urged Shi'ites to vote "yes" in next month's national referendum.

Also in Baghdad, police say a suicide car bomb exploded near an Iraqi military checkpoint killing two soldiers.

And the United Nations World Food Program warns that a lack of donors means it will not be able to feed about three million people in Iraq, more than half of them children.

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