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Iran supreme leader warns ‘thugs’ amid gas price protests

Nov. 17, 2019 8:00 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike “thugs,” signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations....

Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows

Nov. 17, 2019 7:52 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow and protesters set an overhead footbridge on fire Sunday as they fought to keep police using tear gas and water cannons from advancing on their university campus stronghold. Police said the arrow struck a media liaison officer in...

The Latest: Fires blaze as Hong Kong protesters face police

Nov. 17, 2019 7:21 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Protesters have set fires on bridges leading to Hong Kong Polytechnic University as they try to keep police from advancing on their campus stronghold. Orange flames extend the length of a footbridge over the roadway...

Iraq anti-government protesters block roads amid strike call

Nov. 17, 2019 5:17 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq on Sunday, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze...

AP Photos: Violence engulfs Hong Kong university campus

Nov. 17, 2019 5:01 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Bows and arrows, rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, blue dye fired from water cannons, and tear gas engulfing Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University were the defining images Sunday as anti-government protests entered their sixth month. A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an...

Bolivian interim leader meets UN envoy amid violence fears

Nov. 16, 2019 11:14 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — A U.N. envoy met with Bolivia’s interim president Saturday to find a way out of the country’s political crisis while the world body expressed concern the situation could “spin out of control” amid a rising death toll. On leaving the meeting with interim...

Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

Nov. 16, 2019 8:27 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person. The...

Chinese troops join Hong Kong cleanup as protesters retreat

Nov. 16, 2019 8:09 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday — not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of the semi-autonomous territory, where the local government’s inability to end...

Q&A: The Chinese troops in Hong Kong and what they can do

Nov. 16, 2019 7:34 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese troops made a rare public appearance on the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday, joining an effort to clear streets of debris from the anti-government protests that are now in their sixth month. Here’s a look at the People’s Liberation Army role in the semi-autonomous...

Officers arrest 3 at protest near Confederate statue

Nov. 16, 2019 6:01 PM EST

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been arrested in North Carolina during a protest near a Confederate statue slated for removal. The News & Observer reports that a fight erupted Saturday in Pittsboro when protesters who oppose the statue’s removal complained about...