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Armed Men Trap Election Workers in Kirkuk, Iraqi Officials Say

Iraqi officials said Wednesday that armed men had trapped election workers inside their offices in Kirkuk, disrupting the vote count in the northern city at the heart of a long-running dispute with Iraqi Kurds. Elections commissioner Riad al-Badran said the affiliation of the armed men was not known, but he accused them of pressuring the election workers, who he said were, "in effect, hostages.'' He did not say how many armed men were involved. The Patriotic Union of...

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