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Iran calls for 'firm' response after Iraqi protesters storm and torch consulate

(CNN)Iran has called on Iraqi authorities to respond "firmly and effectively" to protesters who attacked Tehran's consulate in the southern city of Najaf.The Iranian statement comes amid ongoing demonstrations in Iraq against government corruption, and a rejection of Iranian involvement in the country's affairs. On Thursday, 13 protesters were killed in the city of Nasariyah with 75 people injured, a security official and a medic told CNN on condition of anonymity, as they are not authorized to speak to the media. Authorities imposed a curfew on Nasariyah, which lies more than 200 miles southeast of Baghdad.Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi expressed "hatred" for the rioters who stormed and torched the consulate on Wednesday. ...