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Iraqi Leader Acts To Defuse Shiite Rivalry in Basra

BAGHDAD, May 18 -- President Jalal Talabani convened an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the southern port of Basra, Iraq's second-largest city and the heart of a growing, lethal power struggle among some of the Shiite Muslim religious parties that lead Iraq's governing coalition.

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Saad Sarhan

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