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12/15/05 World News: Polls Open in Iraq; Blast Rocks Baghdad


Polls are open in Iraq's parliamentary elections -- a landmark ballot that voters hope will bring the country security and stability.

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman says Washington is prepared to drop its trade barriers for West African cotton producers to help stalled global trade talks move forward.

The United Nations' World Food Program says it will close its food-processing plants in North Korea by the end of December to comply with Pyongyang's orders.

An international rights group is calling on authorities in Beijing to allow an independent investigation of recent events at a village in southern China.

Police in the Philippines have detained an 80-year old former defense secretary, one day after he declared himself president of a "revolutionary government."

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