British and Australian troops will remain in Iraq until July, according to a CNN report.
The Green Zone in central Baghdad reverts to Iraqi control.
Five Blackwater Worldwide employees have pled “not guilty” to charges of killing
17 Iraqis in a 2007 incident.
The Iraqi Parliament dissolved into bitter arguments over naming the next parliament speaker, who must be a Sunni Muslim, according to previous political agreements that guaranteed a voice to the Sunni minority.
The execution-style slaying of a Christian man in Mosul has stirred fears about threats to religious minorities in that city.
African-Iraqis, descendants of slaves held centuries ago in the region and still the victims of discrimination, are taking inspiration from the election of U.S. President Barack Obama. Eight candidates representing the minority group of 1 million are running for provincial office in southern Iraq.
Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties, Iraq Body Count, The Associated Press, CNN, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian (London).