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A Hong Kong protester on why he won’t surrender to police

Nov. 20, 2019 6:35 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Pale and thin, a teenager wandered the nearly deserted campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. He hugged his body with his arms, whether because of the chill in the air or gnawing worry he felt was unclear. Only a handful of protesters remain at “Poly...

Ex-British Consulate staff says Chinese police tortured him

Nov. 20, 2019 5:18 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong says he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police trying to extract information about massive anti-government protests in the territory. Simon Cheng said in an online statement and media interviews that he was hooded, beaten,...

Iraqi officials: 27 wounded in renewed fighting in Baghdad

Nov. 20, 2019 3:34 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say at least 27 protesters have been wounded in renewed clashes overnight in central Baghdad. The officials say the clashes occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Wednesday near the Ahrar Bridge in the center of the capital. They spoke on condition of anonymity under...

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

Nov. 20, 2019 1:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last protesters remained holed up on a university campus. City officials tried to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and secondary classes resumed. Workers began...

Amnesty: At least 106 dead in protests, which Iran disputes

Nov. 20, 2019 12:31 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Days of protests over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed at least 106 people across Iran, Amnesty International said Tuesday, adding that the real figure may be much higher. Iran’s government has not released a toll of those...

AP Explains: How have the protests in Chile evolved?

Nov. 20, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — It’s been nearly five weeks since the most potent civil unrest in Chile’s recent history broke out, bringing mass protests across the South American nation. Most of the demonstrators are peaceful as they push a broad range of demands intended to bring more equality to...

Criticism of Hong Kong mask ruling seen as hint from China

Nov. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong...

At least 3 killed in violence near Bolivian fuel plant

Nov. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EST

El ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major Bolivian fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by supporters of former President Evo Morales, and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. The public...

Thousands of teachers pack Indiana Statehouse for protest

Nov. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several thousand teachers wearing red surrounded the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday to call for better pay and more respect from the Republican-dominated state government in a protest that closed more than half of the state’s school districts for the day. The union-organized rally...

Haiti mourns 5 people killed during ongoing protests

Nov. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Wails filled a church in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests that began more than two months ago. Among those killed was 15-year-old Jasmine Pierre, whose father told The Associated Press that she was hit...