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Calm returns after Iraq protests

Iraq woke up Tuesday (October 8th) from its first quiet night after a week of anti-government protests that left dozens dead and sparked a crisis its president said required a "national dialogue", AFP reported.

Morning traffic around the city was back to normal, most streets had reopened and an internet blackout in place for most of the past week appeared to ease just hours before parliament was expected to meet.

During a televised address, President Barham Saleh appealed for "sons of the same country" to put an end to the "discord" that has reigned since protests erupted one week ago.

The protests have claimed the lives of more than 100 people since Tuesday while 6,000 others were wounded.

They began in Baghdad, with young demonstrators demanding an end to rampant corruption and chronic unemployment but then escalated with calls for a complete overhaul of the political system, spreading to the south.

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