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Iraqi President: Political Leaders Agree to Form Coalition Government

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says leaders of the country's political parties have agreed to form a national unity government -- but that the details are yet to be worked out.

He made the comments after meeting on Saturday in Baghdad with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw -- who also urged Shi'ite, Kurdish and Sunni leaders to form a broad-based unity government.

In another development, police say a suicide car bomber attacked a passing police patrol in southeast Baghdad, wounding at least nine people.

Meanwhile, police say an American journalist has been kidnapped and her translator killed in Baghdad.

Authorities say the journalist -- who was not identified -- was en route to a meeting with a Sunni Arab leader on Saturday when gunmen stopped her car in west Baghdad.

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