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Iraq PM Says to Submit Resignation to Parliament

Iraq's embattled premier announced Friday 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.

Adel Abdel Mahdi's written statement was greeted with cheers and blaring music across Baghdad's iconic Tahrir (Liberation) Square, where crowds have amassed since early October against a ruling class deemed corrupt and inefficient.

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Iraq's Top Cleric Calls on Parliament to End Support for Cabinet

Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged parliament on Friday to drop its support for the current cabinet after two months of anti-government protests that have left nearly 400 dead.

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Iraqi Protesters Regroup after Bloody Crackdown

Thousands of defiant Iraqi protesters regrouped on Friday across the country's south, the morning after nearly 45 protesters were killed in one of the bloodiest days of anti-government rallies yet.

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Assad Approves $9.2 bln Budget

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday approved a $9.2-billion budget for his war-torn country, official media reported.

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Bashir's NCP Condemns Sudan 'Illegal Govt.' Move to Scrap Party

Ousted president Omar al-Bashir's party on Friday condemned Sudan's new "illegal government" for ordering its closure and the dismantling of his regime that ruled the country for 30 years.

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Algerian Anti-Election Marchers Vote with Their Feet

Algerians are due to elect a new president next month but a huge protest movement bitterly rejects the vote, fearing it will cement in power politicians close to the disgraced old guard.

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Iraqis Shatter Taboos in Rage at Iran, but Bloodshed May Follow

By torching Tehran's consulates and slapping their muddy shoes against photographs of top Iranian officials, Iraqi protesters have shattered a taboo on public criticism of their influential eastern neighbour.

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More than 30 Dead Thursday in Bloody Iraq Crackdown

More than 30 protesters were killed Thursday in one of the bloodiest days in a wave of protest rocking Iraq, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said, blaming the deaths on "excessive force."

The Commission, a government-funded body which has faced official pressure not to publish death tolls, said 25 were killed in the restive city of Nasiriyah.

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Thousands in Funeral Procession Defy Curfew in South Iraq

Thousands of Iraqis marched in a funeral procession Thursday in the restive southern city of Nasiriyah, AFP's correspondent said, defying a curfew imposed earlier to mourn victims of the crackdown.

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Gaza Protests Cancelled for Third Week

Palestinian protests along the Gaza-Israel border have been cancelled for the third week, organisers said on Thursday, amid declining turnout and fears of a fresh conflict in the Gaza Strip.

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