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The new wave of bombings continued today in Iraq. With US troops leaving cities and towns next Tuesday, is the country faced with sectarian civil war? Also, German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Obama at the White House. On Reporter's Notebook, Michael Jackson was, indeed, an international superstar.  We get reaction to his death from places around the world.

Banner image: A US soldier of the 1st battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, leads a sniffer dog as they check the ceremony room prior the transfer of their base to the Iraqi security forces in the city of Baquba, 60kms northeast of Baghdad. Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Making News German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has demanded a public apology from Barack Obama over claims that Washington has interfered in Iran's internal affairs. Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama responded that the US had "gone out of its way not to interfere with the election process in Iran," and suggested that Ahmadinejad should “ consider looking at the families of those who have been beaten or shot or detained.” Michael Fletcher is White House correspondent for the Washington Post.

Michael Fletcher, Washington Post (@Fletchpost)

Main Topic US Troop Withdrawal to Test Iraq's Stability 34 MIN, 51 SEC

Next Tuesday is the official deadline for US combat troops to withdraw from Iraq's towns and cities. At Iraq's request, the American presence already is being pulled back. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki calls the withdrawal a "great victory" for the Iraqi people. But many Iraqi people have other ideas. A new wave of bombings has now killed more than 200 people in the past two days. Has sectarian violence already resumed between Shiites and Sunnis? Will the Kurds rebel against a central government dominated by Arabs? Will Iran intervene, in part to divert attention away from its own problems?

Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Wayne White, Middle East Policy Council (@middleeastinst)
Robert Baer, former CIA field officer and author
Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress Action Fund (@LarryKorb)

The Devil We Know

Robert Baer

Reporter's Notebook The World Mourns Michael Jackson 8 MIN, 20 SEC

thriller.jpgBefore he died yesterday, Michael Jackson was preparing for 50 concerts, one for every year of his life. He planned to perform them in London. But speakers of English were by no means his only fans, as we hear from Pete Paphides, chief pop music for the Times of London.

Pete Paphides, Pop Music Critic, Times of London

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