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Iraqi Protesters Block Bridge in South

Protesters chant anti-government slogans during a demonstration against the lack of basic services in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, February 18, 2011

Hundreds of protesters blocked a bridge in the southern Iraqi city of Basra Friday, demanding an improvement in basic services in the area.

Demonstrators complained about poor living conditions, including a lack of electricity, while saying they also need more jobs.

Protests a day earlier in northern Iraq turned violent as security officers fired shots to disperse a crowd in Sulaimaniya. At least one person was killed and more than 30 were injured.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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