In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have stormed the fortified Green Zone in the capital Baghdad. They broke into the parliament building where they demanded sweeping reforms to tackle corruption.
President of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has told parliament he will not seek an extension after his term expires on November 1. The announcement came amid an escalating row with Baghdad over Kurdish independence.
The Iraqi government has bloodlessly seized more territory from the Kurds after retaking Kirkuk. Baghdad's rapid advances have triggered bitter Kurdish infighting.
Clashes have erupted in the Iraqi capital, leaving at least five dead, including a policeman, and hundreds injured. Protesters have been demanding an overhaul of the commission that oversees local elections.
The Iraqi military has imposed a curfew in the city's heavily secured Green Zone after demonstrators stormed the area. The protests were centered around the state's inability to remove corruption and improve security.
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