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Gérardmer (France) (AFP) - Alberto Contador ignited the yellow jersey battle on Saturday as Blel Kadri became the first home stage winner at this year's Tour de France. Kadri rode to a solo victory after attacking his fellow escape companions in the final 25km of the 161km eighth stage from Tomblaine and came in more than two minutes ahead of Contador.
By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militias fought Sunni rebels for control of a military base northeast of Baghdad on Saturday as a U.N. envoy warned of chaos if divided lawmakers do not make progress on Sunday towards naming a government. Forces loyal to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki launched an early morning push to repel Islamic State militants who fought their way on Thursday into a military base on the edge of Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of the capital.