The big picture: Iraqis take to the streets to demand basic services

A protestor stands next to a burning tire, with his hands raised gesturing the peace sign.
An Iraqi protestor in Basra, Iraq. Photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Protests that began in Basra over a lack of basic services and job opportunities have spread to several cities in Iraq and left at least eight dead and dozens injured, CNN reports.

The big picture: Saad Jawad of London School of Economics told Al Jazeera that unless people see "concrete improvements in their lives that satisfy their demands — improvements in electricity, employment, services and actions against corrupt officials — they won't stand down."

In photos: Tens of thousands fill London's streets to protest Trump

Protesters gather in Westminster. Photo: TF-Images/Getty Images

President Trump is making his first visit to the U.K. as president, meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at her country estate and having tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The flip side: Trump is extremely unpopular in the U.K., and his visit has whipped up tremendous controversy. He's largely avoiding London while in the U.K., but the mass demonstrations there have loomed over the visit.

NFL Players Association challenges league's anthem policy

Members of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance against the league today, claiming that its new policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem or remain off the field is "inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights."

Why it matters: The NFL anthem protests against police brutality have given way to a divisive cultural debate, one that President Trump has seized upon as a question of respecting the American flag and the nation's military. Rather than taking the fight to court, the NFLPA and the league will begin confidential discussions to find a solution.