Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members secure the street close to the Basra International Hotel where Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stays in Basra on September 10.

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members secure the street close to the Basra International Hotel where Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stays in Basra on September 10.

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.

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.

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.

Guests

  • 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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