We're starting in the Middle Eastern country of Iraq today, partly because its prime minister resigned over the weekend.
Parliament accepted Adil Abdul-Mahdi's decision on Sunday, and what that means is that Iraq's current government is now a caretaker government, a sort of place holder untilparliament can put together new leadership. Why is all this happening? It started with protests that began in early October.
Iraqis say they're frustrated by the corruption in the government, a lack of jobs, power outages and problems with other government services.
There's been fighting between protesters and police. There's been vandalism of government offices. And last Thursday Iraqi security forces opened fire on demonstrators with live ammunition killing more than 40 people in the city of southern Iraq. It was the deadliest day inthe ongoing protests. And an Iraqi court gave a high ranking security officer a death sentence for his role in that.
In all, more than 430 people have been killed and 15,000 have been hurt since the protests started. That includes both civilians and security forces. And despite Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi's resignation, protesters say it's not enough. Demonstrations continued this weekend. Police say Iran's consulate in the Iraqi city Najaf was burned. Protesters have been concerned about Iran's growing influence over what happens in Iraq.