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Mosque Attack Kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis Halt Talks

Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi meets with Pastor Farouk Yousuf in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Al-Abadi has until Sept. 11 to submit a list of Cabinet members to parliament for approval. Religious and ethnic minorities have called upon him to assemble an all-inclusive government. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)
Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi meets with Pastor Farouk Yousuf in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Al-Abadi has until Sept. 11 to submit a list of Cabinet members to parliament for approval. Religious and ethnic minorities have called upon him to assemble an all-inclusive government. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)

BAGHDAD— Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people and prompting Sunni lawmakers to freeze talks on forming a new...




  • Pakistani protestors sleep on a street median in front of the Parliament building, during weeklong protests from the eastern city of Lahore to the gates of parliament calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged voting fraud, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. They swarmed into the capital in their thousands, protesters calling for the prime minister's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. The week-long protests in the capital and around the parliament building have been loud and boisterous but peaceful. But despite their color, there is the other side to the demonstrations _ the increased demand for food, water and toilets to accommodate the thousands of people who turned out to support cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and popular cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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  • Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi meets with Pastor Farouk Yousuf in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Al-Abadi has until Sept. 11 to submit a list of Cabinet members to parliament for approval. Religious and ethnic minorities have called upon him to assemble an all-inclusive government. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)

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  • FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York. During a Pentagon briefing Thursday, Dempsey said it's possible to contain the Islamic State militants, but it can't be done permanently without going after the group in Syria. Speaking to reporters with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Dempsey said he wasn't predicting U.S. airstrikes in Syria, but said the problem must be addressed diplomatically, politically and militarily by America and its regional partners.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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  • Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi meets with Pastor Farouk Yousuf in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Al-Abadi has until Sept. 11 to submit a list of Cabinet members to parliament for approval. Religious and ethnic minorities have called upon him to assemble an all-inclusive government. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)

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  • This July 3, 2014, photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at the Pentagon. Hagel said Thursday that US airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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  • An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes position behind sandbags on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 14, 2014. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on August 21, 2014, shows a light trail made by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip marking the night sky. (David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images) The Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, who disappeared while hitchhiking home near the West Bank city of Hebron on June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Israel Defense Forces)

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  • This Aug. 21, 2013, image provided by Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show bodies of victims of an attack on Ghouta, Syria. An international human rights group says on the anniversary of the deadly chemical attack outside Damascus that “justice remains elusive” for the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

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  • In this 2014 photo provided by Michigan State University, students in the school's Summer Study Abroad Program take a break while hiking in Israel. Some US colleges have now pulled students from their overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages. Colleges site security as the top concern. (AP Photo/Michigan State University)

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  • In this June 17, 2011, photo journalist James Foley receives applause from students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Mass. Foley had been released a month prior after being detained for six weeks in Libya. Students at the school had written government leaders to work for his release. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Aug. 19, 2014, and said they killed him because the US had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)

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  • Stone figures depicting the family of Sanatruq are showcased at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug 21, 2014. Two renovated halls adorned mainly with rare life-size stone statues were inaugurated at the Iraqi National Museum on Thursday geared toward honoring the 5,000 year legacy of the ancient city of Hatra. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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  • A Palestinian man chants angry slogans as rescue workers search for victims under the rubble of a house destroyed in Israeli strikes in the Rafah refugee camp, Southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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  • Pilots and plane captains make preparations for flight on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (US Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen)

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  • President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group.  The president said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama said the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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