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Washington (AFP) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will meet President Barack Obama at the White House on November 1, U.S. officials said.

The talks will come with Iraq embroiled in sectarian violence, which has raised fears of a relapse into the bloodshed that killed thousands of people during 2006-2007 under the U.S. occupation.

Washington has complained to Maliki about Iraq allowing Iranian planes with arms shipments destined for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to fly over its territory.

The White House said the Obama-Maliki talks would focus on a U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework agreement that governs relations between the country following the final U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011.

The pact is designed to provide a bedrock framework for financial, diplomatic and political ties between Iraq and Washington.

A White House statement said that the leaders would also talk about coordinating on “regional issues.”

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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