Iraqis voted Wednesday in parliamentary elections. Voters held up fingers dipped in purple ink to show they had voted, as they did in previous elections in Iraq. The purple finger remains a symbol of hope.
Iraq has a new problem on its hands: A political showdown between current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his would-be successor. And the wrangling and potential violence are taking place against a backdrop of a massive humanitarian crisis and American intervention in northern Iraq.
President Bush spoke at the Pentagon today to mark the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and Anchor Lisa Mullins gets reaction from a Baghdad native, Ghaith Abdul Ahad, who reports for the British newspaper, The Guardian.
The UN Security Council has condemned the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Iraq. The attacks are targeting Iraq's large Christian minority. Jane Arraf is Iraq correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.
In many ways, Monday's attack on the Boston Marathon overshadowed an equally horrific but far more common occurrence: Bomb attacks in Iraq. A series of bombings and assassinations across that country this week left scores dead and hundreds injured.