The Iraqi prime minister has promised to resign, amid weeks of anti-government unrest which have left hundreds of people dead.

Adil Abdul-Mahdi did not say when he would step down – but the violent clashes between protestors and security forces continued again today with the protests concentrated in the largely Shia south.

In the last two days the worst violence has been in Nasiriyah, with further unrest in the holy city of Najaf.. as well as Karbala, Basra and the capital Baghdad.

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