January 23, 2011 4:08 PM

U.N. envoy scrambles to save deal over Afghanistan's parliament

The United Nations representative in Afghanistan held an unscheduled meeting with Afghanistan lawmakers holed up at an upscale hotel here Sunday in an effort to rescue a deal that Western diplomats say is critical to instilling democracy in this war torn country. Legislators on Saturday thought they had a deal with Karzai that would allow the new parliament to begin work on Wednesday.

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