Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi speaks during a press conference in Baghdad August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud
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Iraq's prime minister-designate called on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently Monday, as violence across the country killed at least 43 people in Shiite-majority areas.The comments by Haider al-Abadi came at his first news conference since accepting the nomination to be Iraq's next prime minister, underlining how he is attempting to address the worries of the country's Sunnis, who say that Shiite militias are targeting them in religiously mixed areas. Monday, separate attacks in several cities, including Baghdad, killed at least 43 people and wounded dozens in Shiite-majority areas.Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by air power retook three villages from jihadist militants northeast of Baghdad and also held off two assaults elsewhere, officials said.Farther north, militants launched two assaults on the Shiite Turkmen-majority town of Tuz Khurmatu, late Sunday and early Monday.
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