Corruption, mismanagement and high unemployment. For weeks, Iraq has been shaken by violent anti-government protests. Although Iraq is one of the world's top five oil producers, its people rarely benefit from the country's energy riches.
Nothing is going well in Iraq. The population is poor, the political class is corrupt. Young people are rising up and there could be one big loser, writes Rainer Hermann of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Security forces have allegedly fired on protesters in southern Iraq, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more. Iraqis have been protesting for weeks against corruption, misgovernance and a lack of jobs.
A long-standing protest movement in Algeria has rejected the country's entire political system as corrupt. The regime is pressing ahead with elections. Are the two sides on a collision course?
Protesters have stormed the Iranian consulate in the Iraqi city of Najaf and set fire to the entire building, authorities said. Police reportedly fired live rounds into the crowd but failed to prevent the breach.
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