Iraqi parliament leaves troops issue hanging

Iraq's parliament has adjourned for the day without voting on a measure that would allow non-US troops to remain in the country past the end of the year. Parliament had been expected to consider the measure Monday, but instead became embroiled in an attempt to unseat speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani. It was unclear when parliament would vote on the measure. It is expected to close Wednesday for Christmas and the ensuing weekend. Al-Mashhadani last week said he was resigning in the midst of a row over the detention of a journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush this month. Al-Mashhadani is a Sunni. Kurdish and Shi'ite lawmakers on Monday called an emergency session at which they aimed to fire him.