Calm returns to Iraq’s Basra after week of violent protests

BASRA, Iraq (AP) – A sense of calm returned to Iraq’s southern city of Basra yesterday after a week of violent protests over unemployment and poor public services that left at least 15 people dead and threatened stability in the oil-rich region. Troops sent from Baghdad have reinforced police, and government offices and markets reopened after a quiet night. Municipality workers were out in force cleaning up the streets and carting away debris from the clashes. More details in Monday’s Borneo Bulletin.