Iraqi volunteers clean up the streets of the central city of Najaf | AFP

Iraqi volunteers clean up the streets of the central city of Najaf following anti-government protests. The protest movement is Iraq’s biggest since the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein and installed a democratic system in the oil-rich but poverty-plagued nation.

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Still in the streets, Iraqis say problem is poverty | AFP

Chants demanding complete regime change have echoed across Iraq for weeks, but what first brought demonstrators onto the street was the profound poverty of one of the world’s most oil-rich countries.

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Here’s the latest for Friday Saturday 30th: Iraq’s Prime Minster is resigning after 40 protesters killed; Police increase patrols in London after attack; Protesters demanding Israel Prime Minister asked to resigned; The Christmas holiday begins.

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Iraqi protesters clash with security forces in Iraq’s city of Karbala | AFP

Iraqi protesters clash with security forces in Iraq’s central city of Karbala as anti-government protests continue across the country. Iraq’s embattled premier announced Friday he would resign in keeping with the wishes of the country’s top cleric, as renewed violence added to a soaring death toll in two months of anti-government protests. IMAGES

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Iraqis celebrate near iconic building in Baghdad after PM says he will quit | AFP

Iraqi anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square after Iraq’s embattled premier announced he will resign in keeping with the wishes of the country’s top Shiite cleric, after nearly two months of anti-government protests that have cost more than 400 lives.

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Joy in Iraq’s capital main protest site after PM says he will quit | AFP

Iraqi demonstrators celebrate in the capital Baghdad after the Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi announced he will resign, after nearly two months of anti-government protests that have cost more than 400 lives. IMAGES

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Iraqi protesters block roads with burning tyres in Najaf | AFP

Anti-government Iraqi protesters block roads with burning tyres in the central holy shrine city of Najaf. Since October 1, Iraq’s capital and majority-Shiite south have been swept by mass rallies against corruption, a lack of jobs and poor services that have escalated into calls for a complete overhaul of the ruling elite.

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Trump: I am backing ‘war fighters’ in SEAL case

A day after the Navy Secretary was removed over the firing of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, President Donald Trump insists he’s protecting “war fighters,” explaining his actions in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq. (Nov. 25)

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Here are the top stories for Saturday, Nov. 23rd: More than 320 killed in Iraq protests; Pope Francis is in Japan; Roads in Italy flooded after heavy rains; Mummified lions, crocodiles and birds in new Egypt finds.

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US VP speaks in Iraq on US troops, Iraq PM phoner

US Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday in the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces in Syria two months ago. (Nov. 23)

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US VP meets Iraqi Kurdistan President Barzani

US Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday in the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago. (Nov. 23)

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Petra celebrates one million visitors in 2019 | AFP

The ancient city of Petra marks one million tourists to visit Jordan’s archaeological site this year, one of the Seven Wonder’s of the world. The kingdom, which shares borders with conflict-torn Syria and Iraq, has been working hard to revive its tourism industry and to bring the annual arrivals of holiday-makers to seven million by 2020.

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Petra celebrates one million visitors to the archaeological site | AFP

The ancient city of Petra marks one million tourists to visit Jordan’s archaeological site, one of the Seven Wonder’s of the world. The kingdom, which shares borders with conflict-torn Syria and Iraq, has been working hard to revive its tourism industry and to bring the annual arrivals of holiday-makers to seven million by 2020.

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Yazidi women and children arrive in France for new life | AFP

Twenty-seven Yazidi women and their children, victims of the Islamic State group in Iraq, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris to start a new life in France, following the government’s promise in 2018 to welcome 100 Yazidi families.

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Mutilated during protests, Iraqis are not losing their determination | AFP

Ali took to the streets of Iraq’s capital to demand a better life but now he has even less than ever. He is one of at least 3,000 people who have been maimed in Baghdad and southern Iraq since anti-government protests erupted on October 1, according to the NGO Iraqi Alliance for Disabilities Organisation (IADO).

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Iraqi anti-government demonstrators react to Iran riots | AFP

Iraqi anti-government demonstrators react to the protests that erupted in Iran after a suprise announcement to impose petrol price hikes and rationing. Reports on a trove of leaked Iranian intelligence documents drove home the depth of its influence in Iraq, where anti-government protesters have accused Tehran of meddling and overreaching.

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Strikes resume in Iraq to bolster anti-regime protests | AFP

Iraqis flood the streets of the capital Baghdad in a general strike that bolstered the weeks-long movement demanding a government overhaul. Sit-ins have become the go-to tactic for the rallies that erupted in early October in rage over corruption, a lack of jobs and an out-of-touch political class.

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US: ‘Irresponsible’ to expect Iraq to prosecute foreign fighters | AFP

Nathan Sales, the US State Department counterterrorism coordinator, says it “would be irresponsible for any country to expect Iraq” to prosecute foreign fighters instead of repatriating them to their countries of origin. SOUNDBITE

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