10 things you need to know today: November 30, 2019

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Friday announced his resignation following Wednesday’s firebombing of the Iranian consulate in Najaf and weeks of antigovernment protests that have left hundreds dead. In a statement, Mahdi said that his decision would allow Iraq to “preserve the blood of its people, and avoid slipping into a cycle of violence, chaos, and devastation,” although his successor has not been named. At least 400 protesters have been killed since the beginning of October, with 40 shot dead by security forces in three cities Thursday and early Friday. [The New York Times]

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