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Iraqi parliament to convene as crisis grows; blast kills 12

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.

Iraqi federal policemen patrol in the town of Taji, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over the country's second largest city 10 days ago. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations on Wednesday against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten already-tense sectarian divisions, as reports surfaced that Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran has been flying surveillance drones over the neighboring country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's vice president called on the nation's parliament Thursday to convene next week, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency.

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