Obama lauds ‘inclusive’ Iraq government amid frictions
BAGHDAD — President Barack Obama praised Iraqi moves to form an ‘‘inclusive’’ government on Friday, but the two-day-old deal was already looking fragile after Sunni lawmakers walked out of parliament, clouding the possibilities for working with Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Members of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc have accused al-Maliki’s Shiite coalition of breaking promises under the deal, which aimed to overcome an eight-month deadlock and allow the creation of a new Iraqi government.
Jaber al-Jaberi, an Iraqiya lawmaker from the Sunni stronghold of Ramadi, said members of the bloc were meeting to decide whether to boycott the next session of parliament, which was scheduled for Saturday.
Dutch teen resumes solo sailing voyage
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Teenage Dutch sailor Laura Dekker, who is attempting to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, has resumed her voyage.
Writing on her blog Friday, Dekker said she has already sailed 240 nautical miles (276 statute miles) since leaving Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday and has 540 nautical miles to go to her next port of call, the Cape Verde islands, off west Africa.
The 15-year-old started her trip from Gibraltar on Aug. 21 in her twin-masted sailboat Guppy and has spent two months in the Canary Islands waiting for the hurricane season to pass.
Strengthening winds are pushing her along at 7.6 knots (8.7 statute mph), she wrote, ‘‘so I am making very good progress.’’ She expects to be at sea for a week before seeing an island.
Officials: Kabul attack kills 1, wounds 2
KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bomber blew himself up as a NATO convoy passed his vehicle on the outskirts of the capital on Friday, killing one civilian and wounding two troops, officials said.
NATO said one Afghan civilian was killed in the blast near the entrance to a coalition base south of Kabul. The Afghan Defense Ministry said an Afghan soldier and a NATO service member were wounded in the explosion.