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Iraqi forces kill three protesters in Basra

By Ali Cevad

BASRA, Iraq (AA) – Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Basra on Thursday while dispersing them, killing three, according to a medical source.

Dozens of people were also injured by live bullets, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

At least 260 people have been killed and thousands injured in a second wave of anti-government demonstrations in Iraq since last week.

More than 230 people were killed in the first wave of protests in October.

Popular anger has been simmering in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment and rampant corruption. Many residents have limited access to basic services such as electricity and clean water.

Iraq's youth unemployment is around 25% according to World Bank figures. It is also the 12th most corrupt country in the world according to several organizations that monitor transparency.

*Writing by Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak

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UPDATE – Iraq: 104 killed in demonstrations since Oct.1

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By Haydar Karaalp and Mazin Majeed Asaad Baqal

BAGHDAD (AA) – At least 104 people — including civilians and security personnel — were killed and 6,107 injured in anti-government protests in Iraq since Oct. 1, the country's Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Some 51 public and private institutions, as well as eight party buildings were set on fire during the demonstrations, ministry spokesman Saad Maan told journalists in a news conference in the capital Baghdad.

Maan also said that two police checkpoints were set on fire during the protests.

The demonstrations in Baghdad and southern provinces against high unemployment and rampant corruption started on Oct. 1.

Protesters have been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi as well as improvements in living conditions and an end to corruption.

Discontent has been growing in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment and rampant corruption. Many in the country have limited access to basic services such as electricity and clean water, and unemployment is around 10%.

On Sunday, Iran announced it reopened Khosravi and Chazabeh border crossings with Iraq.

Citizens can use the Khosravi border crossing from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and it would be closed at night.

Earlier on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Qasem Rezaei, commander of Iranian border guards, had announced in a statement the closure of Khosravi and Chazabeh border crossings with Iraq Wednesday night due to the unrest.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

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Iraq: 104 killed in demonstrations since Oct.1

By Haydar Karaalp

BAGHDAD (AA) – At least 104 people were killed and 6,107 injured in anti-government protests in Iraq since Oct. 1, the country's Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

The demonstrations in Baghdad and southern provinces against high unemployment and rampant corruption started on Oct. 1.

Protesters have been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi as well as improvements in living conditions and an end to corruption.

Discontent has been growing in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment and rampant corruption. Many in the country have limited access to basic services such as electricity and clean water, and unemployment is around 10%.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

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UPDATE – Iraqi government says holding talks with protesters

ADDS DEATH TOLL FROM FIFTH DAY OF PROTESTS

By Ibrahim Salih, Naza Mohamed and Haydar Karaalp

BAGHDAD (AA) – The Iraqi government has been engaged in talks with representatives of protesters on Saturday in an effort to end a wave of demonstrations that killed scores in the country.

The follow-up unit in Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s office said “it is contacting with influential parties in the popular protests in six provinces”, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.

“There is an agreement on fulfilling the legitimate demands of the protesters,” the unit said.

Saturday’s talks were the first between the Iraqi government and protesters, since demonstrations broke out on Tuesday in Baghdad and the country’s southern provinces.

At least 100 people have been killed and more than 2,500 others injured in the protests, according to an anonymous official from Iraq’s Health Ministry.

On the fifth day of protests, five people were killed and dozens were injured as a result of the intervention of the security forces in demonstrations in capital Baghdad's Palestine Street, according to information received from hospital sources.

Protesters have been demanding Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to resign as well as improvements in living conditions and an end to corruption.

“We are looking forward to seeing the Iraqi government taking all measures to calm the situation and initiate a serious and real dialogue to address the causes of the protests,” the Cairo-based league said in a statement.

It reiterated support for Iraq “in taking every measure to end the current escalation and restore peace and security to the country”.

Discontent has been growing in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment rates and rampant corruption. Many in the country have limited access to basic services such as electricity and clean water, and the unemployment level is around 10%.

* Additional writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankara

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Iraqi government says holding talks with protesters

By Ibrahim Salih and Naza Mohamed

BAGHDAD (AA) – The Iraqi government has been engaged in talks with representatives of protesters on Saturday in an effort to end a wave of demonstrations that killed scores in the country.

The follow-up unit in Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s office said “it is contacting with influential parties in the popular protests in six provinces”, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.

“There is an agreement on fulfilling the legitimate demands of the protesters,” the unit said.

Saturday’s talks were the first between the Iraqi government and protesters, since demonstrations broke out on Tuesday in Baghdad and the country’s southern provinces.

At least 100 people have been killed and more than 2,500 others injured in the protests, according to an anonymous official from Iraq’s Health Ministry.

Iraqi protesters have been demanding Abdul-Mahdi to resign as well as improvements in living conditions and an end to corruption in demonstrations which broke out on Tuesday.

Discontent has been growing in Iraq in recent years due to rising unemployment rates and rampant corruption. Many in the country have limited access to basic services such as electricity and clean water, and the unemployment level is around 10%.

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Indonesia: Thousands protest against new legislations

By Nicky Aulia Widadio

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AA) – Thousands of people staged a demonstration in the Indonesian capital Jakarta against new legislations that they say would weaken the country’s anti-corruption body.

The demonstration was held by students, laborers and civil society organizations near the parliament as authorities blocked streets leading to the parliament building.

Puri Kencana Putri, one of the protesters from the Community Alliance for Democracy and Justice, said the protest was held to reaffirm the seven demands put forward by the demonstrators last week for legal reforms in the country.

Despite parliament’s decision to suspend the ratification of some bills — including criminal code, land bill, mineral and coal bill and others — Putri said there were disappointments among people over decisions and public policies approved by the government and lawmakers.

*Rhany Chairunissa Rufinaldo contributed to this story.

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Egypt: Over 350 arrested in protests against al-Sisi

By Hacer Baser

ISTANBUL (AA) – Over 350 people have been arrested across Egypt in the latest wave of demonstrations against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, according to a Cairo-based non-governmental organization .

In a statement, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) said 356 people have been arrested since protests began on Friday.

Mahienour El-Masry, an Egyptian activist and human rights lawyer, as well as journalists and students, were among those arrested, the statement said.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in central Cairo and several cities on Friday against al-Sisi, a former army general who came in power in 2014 after ousting democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.

The protests came in response to calls for al-Sisi to step down by Mohamed Ali, a former army contractor, who accused al-Sisi and the military of corruption.

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Algerians hold anti-regime demos for 11th Friday in row

<p>By Abdelrazzak Abdullah</p> <p>ALGIERS (AA) – Hundreds of thousands of Algerians staged demonstrations across the country on Friday to demand the departure of all government officials closely associated with former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.</p> <p>The 82-year-old Bouteflika resigned early last month after weeks of popular protests against his 20-year rule.</p> <p>Parliament Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah is now serving as interim president for a 90-day transitional period — overseen by the army — during which presidential elections will be conducted.</p> <p>Demonstrators, however, have continued to demand the departure of all Bouteflika-era officials, including Bensalah.</p> <p>They also demand the prosecution of Said Bouteflika, the former president’s influential brother, who has been described by detractors as the “gang leader”.</p> <p>On Friday, hundreds of protesters converged on the capital’s Al-Barid Square — for the eleventh week in a row — where they shouted anti-regime slogans and demanded accountability for alleged Bouteflika-era abuses.</p> <p>Demonstrators have vowed to maintain their protests through the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which will begin early next week.</p> <p>Meanwhile, security has been dramatically stepped up in and around capital Algiers, especially near the presidential palace. </p> <p><br></p> <p>*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat</p>

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UPDATE – Algerians hold anti-regime demos for 10th Friday in row

<p>ADDS FRESH DETAIL</p> <p>By Hassan Jebril</p> <p>ALGIERS (AA) – Hundreds demonstrated in Algiers on Friday — and in other cities across Algeria — to demand the departure of all government officials associated with the regime of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.</p> <p>The 82-year-old Bouteflika resigned early this month after several weeks of popular protest against his 20-year rule.</p> <p>Parliament Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah is now serving as interim president for a 90-day transitional period — overseen by the army — during which presidential elections will be held.</p> <p>Demonstrators, however, have continued to call for the removal of all Bouteflika-era officials, including Bensalah.</p> <p>They also demand the prosecution of Said Bouteflika, the former president’s influential brother, who is described by detractors as the “gang leader”.</p> <p>On Friday, more than 1,000 protesters converged on the capital’s Al-Barid Square — for the tenth week in a row — where they shouted anti-regime slogans and demanded accountability for Bouteflika-era abuses.</p> <p>Security has been dramatically stepped up in the capital, especially in central Algiers near the presidential palace.</p> <p><br></p> <p>*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat</p>

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Algerians hold anti-regime demos for 10th Friday in row

<p>By Hassan Jebril</p> <p>ALGIERS (AA) – Hundreds of Algerians demonstrated in capital Algiers on Friday to demand the departure of all officials affiliated with the regime of ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned early this month after two decades in power.</p> <p>For the tenth week in a row, more than 1,000 protesters converged on the capital’s Al-Barid Square, where they shouted anti-regime slogans and demanded the departure of all Bouteflika-era officials.</p> <p>Early this month, the 82-year-old Bouteflika announced his resignation following several weeks of popular protests against his continued rule.</p> <p>Abdelkader Bensalah, a former speaker of parliament, is currently serving as interim president for a 90-day transitional period — overseen by the army — during which presidential elections will be held.</p> <p>Demonstrators, however, have continued to call for the removal of all government officials associated with the Bouteflika regime, including Bensalah.</p> <p>They are also demanding accountability for Said Bouteflika, the former president’s influential brother who had also served as his adviser.</p> <p>The number of demonstrators is expected to increase following Friday prayers.</p> <p>*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat</p>