Iraqi troops took the southern city without a shot being fired from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army.
At a rare meeting Sunday, some oil-producing nations tried to stabilize prices – and Western concerns over a recession.
But short-term pressures may keep them up for a while.
President Bush extended a law that could give some of the thousands of interpreters working for the American military refuge in the US under a special visa program.
The EU's Javier Solana heads to Iran this weekend to offer revised US-EU incentives.
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