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Prime Minister Maliki will overhaul of Iraqi security strategy

"We are about to make changes in the high and middle positions of those responsible for security and the security strategy," Maliki said at a news conference in nuskin hk
Baghdad.

"We will discuss this matter in the cabinet session tomorrow (Tuesday) to take decisions," Maliki said.

The militants will not be able to return Iraq to the sectarian conflict that killed tens of thousands of people in Iraq in past years, he added hong kong event photo.

A car bomb exploded in Shaab, a Shi'ite area in north Baghdad, at around the time Maliki spoke, killing 12 people and wounding at least 20, officials said Tourism course.

It was just one in a wave of bombings on Monday.

Two car bombs went off in the main southern port city of Basra, killing 13 people and wounding 48, while a wave of other bombings hit Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding 102.

In Balad, north of the capital, a car bomb exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims, killing eight people and wounding at least 15.

Five Sahwa anti-al-Qaeda fighters were also killed and 19 wounded in three separate attacks north of Baghdad.

The Sahwa are made up of Sunni Arab tribesmen who joined forces with the US military against al-Qaeda from late 2006, helping to turn the tide against the insurgency.

A car bomb also killed one person and wounded four in Rutba, a town in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, while a roadside bomb in the northern city of Mosul wounded three people.

Monday's violence comes after 24 police were killed overnight.

Police and soldiers carried out a joint raid to free kidnapped police officers in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, Police Lieutenant Colonel Majid al-Jlaybawi said.

Twelve kidnapped policemen were killed and four wounded, although it was not immediately clear if they were caught in crossfire, nu skin hong kong killed by their abductors, or a combination of the two.

Mohammed Hadi, one of the wounded policemen, told AFP they had been abducted on the highway between Baghdad and Jordan on Saturday.

In Haditha, a town in Anbar province, gunmen attacked a police station, killing eight police, among them two officers, First Lieutenant Murad al-Hadithi and a doctor said.

And gunmen killed four police and wounded three in an attack on another police station in the town of Rawa, also in Anbar, said Qais al-Rawi, head of the area's local council.

Gunmen also killed a shop owner in Mosul on Sunday.

The security situation in Anbar, home to two of the main centres of Sunni anti-government protests that broke out almost five months ago, has deteriorated sharply.

On Saturday, security forces tried to arrest Mohammed Khamis Abu Risha, who is wanted in connection with the killing of five Iraqi soldiers near Ramadi, west of the capital.

But the bid to arrest Abu Risha, nephew of a powerful tribal sheikh who is a key supporter of Sunni anti-government protesters in Anbar, sparked clashes with tribesmen in which two of them were killed.

Hundreds of gunmen then gathered in the area of the Anbar Operations Command headquarters near Ramadi, but later withdrew, police said.
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Mr Williamson is a director of Holyoake Industries, which supplies heating and ventilation equipment to big building firms - including Mainzeal, which collapsed last month.

The dealings between the two companies didn't stop Mr Williamson commenting on the plight of sub-contractors owed money by Mainzeal - and Labour has accused him of failing to manage a conflict of interest.

It says Mr Williamson must quit either as a director or as a minister.

Mr Williamson last month told media he had instructed officials that he would not receive papers about or discuss heating and ventilation because of his director role.

But Labour's Grant Robertson says there's no evidence to back up that statement.

"Answers from Mr Williamson to parliamentary questions and information from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment indicate that there is no record of any such instruction going to the officials who would actually be supplying papers on heating and ventilation matters," Mr Robertson said.

He says Mr Williamson can only point to discussions with the cabinet office, but that's "meaningless", unless there is a record of officials being aware of a process to manage the potential conflict of interest.

"I still believe that it is farcical to try to separate out heating and ventilation issues from other building issues. But even on this flimsy basis, the conflict of interest is not being managed," Mr Robertson said.

A spokesman for Mr Williamson said he would not be commenting "as it's not a story".

"The minister, through the proper process, instructed cabinet officials he wouldn't receive papers related to heating and ventilation because of his directorship. There has been no conflict of interest," the spokesman said.

Prime Minister John Key has backed Mr Williamson's handling of the matter.

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