Latest News Wires Iraqi lawmakers elect new president as attacks kill dozens

Iraq elected a new president in the latest step toward forming a new government, as a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine on Thursday.

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Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation.