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Iran's Ahmadinejad begins visit to Iraq

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Iraq for a two-day visit on Thursday, during which he is to meet with senior officials and visit Shiite holy sites. Ahmadinejad arrived on an Iran Air plane to a red carpet welcome by Vice President Khudayr al-Khuzaie, which was broadcast live on Iraqiya state television. The Iranian president was invited by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, but will be hosted by Khuzaie, as Talabani is abroad for medical treatment, Ali Mussawi, the Iraqi premier's spokesman, told AFP.

Iraq prosecutor says sick president should be replaced

Iraq's chief prosecutor called on parliament on Monday to replace President Jalal Talabani, who has been receiving treatment in Germany for almost five months, but MPs rejected the appeal. Ghadanfar Hammud al-Jassem made the call in a letter to parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, citing Article 72 of the Iraqi constitution, which requires a new president to be elected if the post "becomes vacant for any reason."

Iraq president improving, now able to speak: medic

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who is being treated in Germany after suffering a stroke, is now able to speak and is able to recognise those around him, his doctor said on Saturday. "The president's health is improving, and he is responding well to treatment," Najm al-Din Karim, who is also the governor of Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, told AFP. "He is speaking, reading, eating and undergoing physiotherapy," Karim said, adding that Talabani's memory was recovering and he was able to identify those around him.

Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds boycott cabinet session to back protests

BAGHDAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Iraqi Sunni Muslim and Kurdish ministers boycotted a cabinet session on Tuesday to show support for protests that threaten Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's fragile cross-sectarian government, lawmakers and a government source said. Thousands of protesters have demonstrated and blocked a key highway in Iraq's Sunni provinces for more than two weeks to challenge Maliki, a leader many Sunnis feel has marginalised their community a year after the last U.S. troops pulled out.
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