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The Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) has condemned Iraq's US administrator's remark that Islam will not be the main legislative reference in Iraq's temporary law.

Shia clerics in Iraq are furious over a threat by top US administrator Paul Bremer to use his veto should the interim Governing Council choose Islam as the main basis for legislation. 

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The United Nations will "do everything it can" to help Iraq on the road to sovereignty, top UN official al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi has said.

Ousted President Saddam Hussein remains in Iraq and will be handed over to a special court being set up by the US-appointed Governing Council.

Iraq's US-installed interim Governing Council has prohibited  Aljazeera from covering its activities for one month.

Thousands of Kurdish women have marched in northern Iraq against an interim Governing Council decision to repeal long-standing secular family laws even as 500 veiled women gathered in the Shia city of Najaf to support it.

The UN's role in transferring power to Iraqis in the US-occupied country will top the agenda at talks in New York next week.

Top Iraqi Shia cleric Grand Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani has rejected a fresh entreaty by the interim Governing Council to endorse US plans to set up a provisional government without elections.
Iraq's interim Governing Council has agreed to a federal structure for the country and to enshrine Kurdish self-rule in three northern provinces.
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