August 16, 2010 6:50 PM

U.S. Iraq setback: Allawi pulls out of talks on coalition

A major U.S. diplomatic push aimed at promoting a coalition government between the two top vote winners in Iraq's long-stalemated national elections suffered a setback Monday when former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi broke off negotiations with his nearest rival, current Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.

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