Iraq

Iraq Tries Again For a Functioning Government

It's not like local standards are so high.

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Iraq's parliament has approved a new government with Sunni and Kurdish deputy prime ministers, as it seeks to tackle Islamic State (IS) militants who have seized large parts of the country.

Saleh al-Mutlak and Hoshyar Zebari were approved under a power-sharing deal after weeks of political deadlock.

PM Haidar al-Abadi, a moderate Shia, was asked to form a government with the resignation of Nouri Maliki.

The US said the new government was a "major milestone" for Iraq.