Iraqi governor talks about how to revive southern Iraqi city.
Tens of thousands of Sadr’s Shiite supporters expressed solidarity with Iraqi security forces while demanding an end to the US occupation.
Early returns from Saturday's provincial polls suggest that the Shiite prime minister's Dawa Party will be the big winner.
An emerging backlash against rule by religious parties gives opening to technocrats in Jan. 31 provincial elections.
Thousands of protesters are calling for the release of journalist Mundtadhar al-Zeidi.
Landmark agreement on US troops is delayed as lawmakers seek more checks on Shiite-led government
The pact sets out a three-year timetable for US troop withdrawal. A public referendum on it will be held in July.
A new pact that faces final approval from parliament will keep US troops in Iraq for up to three more years. By June 2009 US forces will pull back to major bases.
Amid growing opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on Sunday for more time to negotiate a plan that could begin US troop withdrawals in June 2009.