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BAGHDAD - Iraq's oil minister on Monday sharply boosted the estimate on the country's proven reserves of oil to 143.1 billion barrels, an almost 25 percent increase that transforms the war-ravaged nation into the home of the world's second-largest proven reserves of conventional crude oil.

NEW YORK - Sally Buzbee, a deputy managing editor of The Associated Press who has held leadership positions for the news cooperative in Washington, the Middle East and New York, has been named chief of the Washington bureau.

UNITED NATIONS - Nations concerned about the growing strength of al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists in Yemen called Friday for economic, social and political reforms to stabilize the country.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's most senior religious leader has ordered a conservative cleric to stop giving unauthorized edicts after his call for boycotting a supermarket chain that employs women as cashiers.
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