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Iraq s spiritual leader calls for road map out of impasse

Iraq s most senior Shiite spiritual leader called Friday for a road map out of the impasse, saying the country s political class has a unique opportunity to meet the demands of protesters who have taken to the streets for weeks, demanding change only to have their rallies met with a deadly crackdown. In the latest violence, masked men attacked anti-government protesters in the southern city of Basra late on Thursday, killing five people, Iraqi state TV and medical officials said. The shooting also wounded around 120, said medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Since the unrest erupted on October 1, more than 250 people have been killed. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in the capital, Baghdad, and across the largely Shiite south to demand sweeping political change. The demonstrators complain of widespread corruption, lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, including regular power cuts ...

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