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Iraq's cabinet overwhelmingly OK'd the status-of-forces agreement with the US Sunday and sent it to parliament. The latter is to open debate on the deal as soon as Monday, with approval expected by the end of the month, its deputy speaker said. The deal calls for the complete withdrawal of US forces from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.

Fuel tankers and other supply trucks bound for allied forces in Afghanistan were barred from using the vital Khyber Pass until further notice by Pakistan's government. The order came Saturday, less than a week after Islamist militants hijacked a supply convoy, looted its cargo, and took the drivers captive. Key government leaders denied, however, that the order was a pressure tactic to stop US missile strikes on suspected militant camps in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda promised the UN Sunday that he'll support its plan to bring peace to eastern Congo. He told visiting special envoy Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria, that he agrees to respect a cease-fire, the formation of a monitoring committee for violations of the truce, and to the opening of corridors for the flow of humanitarian aid to civilian noncombatants. But as the meeting took place, UN peacekeepers reported more heavy fighting between the rebels and government troops.


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