Iraq PM warns of attempts to start sectarian war

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned on Thursday of attempts to return the country to "sectarian civil war," as a wave of violence killed more than 140 people over three days.

Maliki called on clerics and everyone worried about Iraq's future "to take the initiative, and not be silent about those who want to take the country back to sectarian civil war," in remarks broadcast on state television.