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Iraq Sets Election Date

Iraq's next election will be held January 30, 2010.

The deputy speaker of parliament, Khalid al-Attiya, said Monday the country's Federal Court set the date in response to a request from the 275-member legislative body.

The upcoming national election will be Iraq's second since the fall of Saddam Hussein six years ago. Iraq's last general election was held in December, 2005, when voters placed a broad coalition of Shi'ites in most of the seats.

On Sunday, police in Iraq said an officer and a prison guard have been killed in two separate attacks in the volatile northern city of Mosul.

U.S. forces in Iraq are planning to pull out of Iraqi cities, including Mosul, by the end of June, in line with an agreement reached with Iraq's government.

U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to withdraw all American combat troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010.

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