INTERNATIONAL

Iraqi Protests

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Iraq's southern city Basra for a fourth day of violent protests, where residents, angry over the neglect of their city's collapsing infrastructure, set fire to political offices.

The protesters targeted several provincial government buildings, setting the headquarters of the local government on fire, and blocked main roads in the city centre.

A protester died from burns sustained during the torching of the government headquarters.

Ten demonstrators have been killed in clashes with security forces and dozens injured since the wave of protests began.

Public anger has grown at a time when politicians are struggling to form a government after an inconclusive parliamentary election in May.

Residents of the south complain of decades of neglect in the region that produces the bulk of Iraq's oil wealth, which has led to the protests.