Latest Political and civil unrest News

Kenya police boss resigns in latest fallout from deadly protests

Jul. 12, 2024 13:31 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s police boss resigned Friday, the latest attempt by the country's president to respond to growing concerns of police brutality in response to protests triggered by a proposed tax hike. Protesters stormed parliament on June 25 after a bill was passed...

Kenya president dismisses all ministers after weeks of unrest over taxation and poor governance

Jul. 11, 2024 08:38 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya president dismisses all ministers after weeks of unrest over taxation and poor governance.

With Argentina's president skipping Mercosur, the future of the trade alliance looks doubtful

Jul. 07, 2024 20:58 PM EDT

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (AP) — The most notable thing about the Mercosur trade bloc's meetings on Sunday in Paraguay was an absence — that of Argentine President Javier Milei. With the Argentine populist skipping the summit to star at a right-wing rally in Brazil, South America's...

Britain’s Labour Party has won enough seats to have a majority in the UK Parliament

Jul. 05, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Labour Party headed for a landslide victory Friday in a parliamentary election, an exit poll and partial returns indicated, as voters punished the governing Conservatives after 14 years of economic and political upheaval. As the sun rose, official results...

Mauritania's President Ghazouani wins reelection, the electoral commission says

Jul. 01, 2024 13:59 PM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has been reelected for a second term, the country's electoral commission said on Monday, after positioning the country as a strategic ally of the West in a region swept by coups and violence. Ghazouani,...

Economic turmoil in Bolivia fuels distrust in government and its claim of a 'failed coup'

Jul. 01, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Signs reading “I'm buying dollars” line the doors of Víctor Vargas’ shoe shop in the heart of Bolivia’s biggest city, a desperate attempt to keep his family business alive. Just a few years ago, the 45-year-old Vargas would unlock the doors at 8 a.m....

Bolivian general arrested after apparent failed coup attempt as government faces new crisis

Jun. 27, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Led by a top general vowing to “restore democracy,” armored vehicles rammed the doors of Bolivia's government palace Wednesday in what the president called a coup attempt, then quickly retreated — the latest crisis in the South American country facing a political...

Sri Lanka reaches deal on debt restructuring with bilateral creditors including China and France

Jun. 26, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced a debt restructuring deal with countries including India, France, Japan and China in a televised address to the nation Wednesday. The agreement marks a key step in the country’s economic recovery after defaulting...

How tensions in Bolivia fueled an attempt to oust President Arce from power

Jun. 26, 2024 19:53 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Armored vehicles rammed into the doors of Bolivia’s government palace on Wednesday as President Luis Arce said his country faced an apparent attempted coup. In a sense, the uprising was the culmination of tensions that have been brewing in Bolivia for...

Bitter political fight in Bolivia is paralyzing the government as unrest boils over economic crisis

Jun. 23, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Protesters streamed into Bolivia's capital, throats hoarse from chanting and feet blistered from a week of walking along the national highway. The throngs of street vendors in the South American country’s vast informal work force ended their nearly...