Abdullah: al-Maliki, Bush must end Iraq violence

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday urged Iraq's prime minister and US President George W. Bush to find a way to end Iraq's spiraling violence and hand over security control to Baghdad before the country slides into a full-scale civil war. Abdullah met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Wednesday ahead of crucial talks with Bush in Amman, where the Iraqi and American leaders were set to talk about how to end the sectarian violence plaguing the country. But underscoring the political divisions in Iraq, lawmakers and Cabinet ministers loyal to anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr suspended their participation in the country's parliament and the government to protest al-Maliki's meeting with Bush.