Anti-government protests rage in Iraq, 7 killed

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QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — At least seven more Iraqi protesters were killed Saturday in clashes with security forces in Baghdad and the southern town of Nasiriyah, as thousands took part in nationwide anti-government protests, officials said. Thousands of protesters tried to reach Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to embassies and government offices. Security forces fired tear gas as protesters tried to remove blast walls from a main bridge leading to the government district. By nightfall, the security forces had chased the protesters back to Tahrir Square, a central roundabout. Four people were killed when they were struck by tear gas canisters, security and medical officials said. A second medical official said three protesters were shot dead by
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