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In southern Iraq, protests threaten the political career of the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi.
One protester, who spoke to NPR’s Jane Arraf, put it this way:
We are tired of their killing. We are tired of their corruption. All the parties in the government now – they are corrupted, all of them. There is no exception. We want to change them.
The Washington Post describes al-Abadi as “pro-American.” Without him, the United States could have very few allies in the region.
In #Basra tonight, police arrested more than a dozen protestors they said were promoting armed struggle; told others they were free to continue peaceful demonstrations. After three months protests, with new police chief, strategy seems to be to wear them out.
— jane arraf (@janearraf) September 13, 2018
Fifteen people are dead as protesters have torched buildings, including the Iranian embassy.
How can the Iraqi government meet the demands of these protesters? Is American influence in the region declining?
Also, the Venezuelan government accused the United States of plotting a coup against President Nicholas Maduro. The New York Times reported that American officials met with members of the Venezuelan military who were plotting a coup, although nothing came out of the discussions.
This information was reported at the same time as Maduro’s trip to Beijing, where he hopes to garner more loans for a country in the midst of a profound economic crisis. The struggling economy has forced millions of Venezuelans to flee their country.
And Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened the border between the two countries this week. Family and friends were reunited. Watch this BBC video to see what that looked like.
There was hugging, kissing and ululating at the re-opened border between Ethiopia and Eritrea as relatives and friends, separated for more than 20 years, greeted each other.https://t.co/YSRWDTdU4S pic.twitter.com/6hiOkLPWT5
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 11, 2018
What is the next step in the peace process? What would it take to ensure a lasting relationship?
We’ll cover all the major global headlines in this edition of the Global News Roundup.
Text by Gabrielle Healy.
- Peter Bergen CNN's national security analyst; vice president and director of the international security program at New America; author of "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists"; @peterbergencnn
- Karoun Demirjian Reporter, The Washington Post; @karoun
- Ron Nixon Homeland security correspondent, The New York Times; author of "Selling Apartheid: South Africa's Global Propaganda War"; @nixonron
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