Latest Political and civil unrest News

Nicaragua: Pro-government crowd attacks church parishioners

Nov. 21, 2019 9:13 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Political violence broke out at a Roman Catholic church in the Nicaraguan city of Masaya on Thursday as government sympathizers attacked parishioners with clubs, machetes and metal bars. The attack came after it became known that San Juan Bautista parish priest Harving Padilla...

Colombians fill streets hoping to channel wave of discontent

Nov. 21, 2019 7:46 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians angry with conservative President Iván Duque and hoping to channel Latin America’s wave of discontent took the streets by the tens of thousands Thursday in one of the biggest protests in the nation’s recent history. Students, teachers and labor union...

Gas pipeline protesters sit-in in Oregon governor’s office

Nov. 21, 2019 7:17 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Demonstrators opposed to a liquefied natural gas pipeline through Oregon, with a marine export terminal on its shores, flooded into the Oregon State Capitol in Thursday and began staging a sit-in in Gov. Kate Brown’s office. The hundreds of protesters demanded the Democrat stand...

5 arrested at rally against Ann Coulter speech in Berkeley

Nov. 21, 2019 6:54 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A person was injured, and five people were arrested during a demonstration by hundreds of protesters outside a University of California, Berkeley auditorium where conservative commentator Ann Coulter gave a speech, an official said Thursday. Between 1,500 and 2,000 demonstrators...

Iraqi officials: 8 protesters dead in day of violent clashes

Nov. 21, 2019 5:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Eight people died and at least 90 were wounded on Thursday in renewed clashes in central Baghdad, in the most violent clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in recent days, Iraqi officials said. Separately, one policeman was killed and six others wounded when an IED...

Bolivia’s socialist party considers a future without Morales

Nov. 21, 2019 4:53 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — After a month of deadly unrest, the political party of former Bolivian President Evo Morales appears to be positioning itself for a future without the man who led the country for 14 years. New indigenous leaders in the Movement Toward Socialism party are talking about change, a sign...

The Latest: 1 killed in renewed clashes in central Baghdad

Nov. 21, 2019 4:49 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Iraqi security and hospital officials say one protester has died after clashes with security forces on a strategic bridge in central Baghdad, bringing the death toll following a day of violence to 8. The officials...

Peaceful Uruguay heads to presidential runoff

Nov. 21, 2019 3:57 PM EST

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — It could have been a tense scene in any other country of South America: With an election nearing, campaigners for Uruguay’s governing left-wing Broad Front faced off in a park with members of the opposing center-right coalition. Flags and signs waved as a loudspeaker...

Amnesty reports violations by Chile’s security forces

Nov. 21, 2019 3:50 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Amnesty International is denouncing what it calls serious human rights violations by security forces in Chile. The human rights group said in a report released Thursday that security forces had violated protesters’ rights to peaceful assembly and free expression. The group...

Soldier who shot Lebanese protester dead charged with murder

Nov. 21, 2019 2:08 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese soldier who shot and killed a protester in Beirut last week was charged Thursday by a military prosecutor with murder, state-run National News Agency said. The agency said a colonel who was on the scene with the soldier at the time was also charged. The soldier could get a death...