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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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Israel Demolishes Homes of Alleged Palestinian Killers

Israel on Thursday demolished the West Bank homes of four Palestinians accused of a deadly attack, sparking clashes with stone-throwing protesters, the army and an AFP journalist said.

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Two Turkish Soldiers Killed on Syria Border

Two Turkish soldiers died when a mortar hit their post on the Syrian border, the defence ministry said Thursday.

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Iran Demands Iraqi Action against 'Aggressors' over Consulate Attack

Iran on Thursday demanded Iraq take decisive action against "aggressors" behind an arson attack by protesters on its consulate in the neighbouring country's holy city of Najaf.

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Eight Iraq Protesters Killed in Clashes

At least eight Iraqi protesters were shot dead Thursday in clashes with security forces in the southern city of Nasiriyah amid a crackdown on anti-government unrest, medical and security sources said.

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Iraqi Protesters Set Fire to Iran's Consulate in Najaf

Protesters set fire Wednesday night to Iran's consulate in the southern Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf, two months into the country's most serious social crisis in decades.

Since October 1, protesters in Iraq -- a majority Shiite country, like its neighbor Iran -- have been calling for the fall of a central government they see as both irretrievably corrupt and beholden to Tehran.

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Fighting Suspends Output at Libya Oil Field

Libya's National Oil Corporation said fighting triggered a suspension of production Wednesday at a key field in the country's southwest.

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Saudi Crown Prince Visits UAE amid Push to End Yemen War

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the United Arab Emirates Wednesday, as efforts to end the nearly five-year war in Yemen gain momentum.

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