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Plans to tear down old Cole County jail and sheriff's house move forward April 16, 2014

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People walk past destroyed buildings Friday at the scene of a bomb attack in Kazimiyah in the north of Baghdad, Iraq. On Thursday, a series of bombings targeted members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority killing and injuring dozens of Iraqis, police said.

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In Iraq, militia’s shift could bolster Iran’s hand

A decision by a Shiite militia to transform itself from an armed, anti-American movement into a viable political force could complicate Iraq’s political crisis and strengthen Iran’s clout in this country as U.S. influence wanes.

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