Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Bonus content

April 30, 2014

Iraqis brave threat of violence to cast ballots

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis braved the threat of bombs and attacks to vote Wednesday in key elections for a new parliament amid a massive security operation as the country slides deeper into sectarian strife.

Hundreds of thousands of troops and police fanned out to protect the first nationwide balloting since the 2011 American pullout. Scattered attacks still took place north of Baghdad, killing at least five people, including two women, and wounding 16.

Baghdad looked like a deserted city, with police and soldiers manning checkpoints roughly 500 meters (yards) apart and pickup trucks mounted with machine-guns roaming streets that were otherwise devoid of the usual traffic jams.

Stores were closed, and many voters had to walk for kilometers (miles) to the polls after authorities banned civilian vehicles to prevent car bombs. Others demanded a lift from army or police checkpoints.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has held power for eight years, faces growing criticism over government corruption and persistent bloodshed as sectarian tensions threaten to push Iraq back toward the brink of civil war.

The 63-year-old Shiite leader's State of Law party was widely expected to win the most seats in the 328-member parliament but to fall short of a majority, according to analyst predictions. That would allow al-Maliki to keep his post only if he can cobble together a coalition — a task that took nine months after the last election in 2010.

"God willing, we will celebrate a successful election and defeat terrorism," al-Maliki told reporters after casting his ballot in Baghdad. He was upbeat about how his party will fare.

"Our victory is certain but we are talking about how big is that certain success," he said.

Even some of al-Maliki's Shiite backers accuse him of trying to amass power for himself, but most in the majority sect see no alternative. Al-Maliki also has the support of neighboring powerhouse Iran, which aides have said will use its weight to push discontented Shiite factions into backing him for another term.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Bonus content
  • Salmonella Outbreak Trial [Duplicate] Trial in salmonella outbreak to start in Georgia ATLANTA (AP) — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georg

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Israel Palestinians-12 [Duplicate] Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite each side offering different truces to temporarily halt nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. After initially rejecti

    July 27, 2014 10 Photos

  • Health Overhaul-3 [Duplicate] Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire WASHINGTON (AP) — If you have health insurance at your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange custo

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Teen Pilot Crash_Kova.jpg Memorial service set to honor Indiana crash victims

    A memorial service at sea will be held for a 17-year-old pilot from Indiana and his father, whose plane crashed during an around-the-world flight attempt.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge issues gag order in Gary police killing case

    A northwest Indiana judge has issued a gag order in the case against a man suspected of fatally shooting a Gary police officer.

    July 26, 2014

  • APTOPIX Mideast Israe_Kova (1).jpg Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    A government official says Israel's Cabinet has decided to extend a humanitarian cease-fire for 24 hours, but that troops will respond to any fire from Gaza.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX Mideast Israe_Kova.jpg 3 rockets hit Israel as Hamas rejects Gaza truce

    The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel despite a proposed extension of a humanitarian truce in the Gaza war.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carjacking Crash_Kova.jpg Carjackers on run after crash that killed 3 kids

    Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Official: Israel leans toward extending Gaza truce

    An Israeli government official says Israel is "leaning toward" extending a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by at least four hours.

    July 26, 2014

  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

    July 26, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller