By Jane Arraf | The New York Times (free)
Iraq’s influential Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr took a step Tuesday to try to defuse an eruption of violence in the capital, Baghdad, calling on his followers to stand down after at least 24 people were killed in two days of clashes with security forces.
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Angola’s ruling party Monday was declared the winner of the general election, but it was its weakest showing in the five elections that have taken place since the country gained independence.