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Iraqi women give victory signs with their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes in Iraq's parliamentary election at a polling center in Baghdad on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (Credit: AP / Khalid Mohammed)

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Iraqis vote for new parliament

Iraqis voted for a new parliament on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, under tight security in the first nationwide balloting since the pullout of American troops in 2011. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seeking is third four-year term; the Shiite leader faces growing criticism over government corruption and persistent bloodshed as sectarian tensions threaten to push Iraq back toward the brink of civil war.

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