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Sectarian Violence Claims Four More Iraqi Lives

Sectarian violence in Iraq has claimed the lives of four people near two Sunni mosques in the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad.

Police say five other people were wounded in the blasts, which went off after Friday prayers.

Meanwhile, leaders of the three main political parties are preparing for Monday's parliamentary session. Earlier this week, parliament's acting speaker, Adnan Pachachi, said it would meet to try to break a deadlock over who will be the nation's next prime minister.

A Shi'ite spokesman said members of the Shi'ite alliance will meet before the parliamentary session to discuss who should fill several important government posts - including the powerful position of prime minister.

Kurdish and Sunni Arab politicians have rejected the Shi'ite candidate - current Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. They say he has done little to stop the sectarian violence ravaging the country.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.