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Right-wing group, counter-protesters clash in Michigan

Aug. 15, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Members of the far-right Proud Boys group and counter-protesters clashed violently Saturday afternoon in western Michigan, resulting in arrests, police said. Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said a few people were arrested, but...

A woman cries holding a poster showing a photo of a protester beaten by police in a hospital, during a rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at the spot in Belarus' capital where a protester died in clashes with police, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Belarus leader says Russia willing to help counter protests

Aug. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Belarus took to the streets again Saturday to demand that the country's authoritarian leader resign after a presidential vote they called fraudulent. In response, the president declared that Russian leader Vladimir Putin had agreed to provide security...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, protesters clash with Dallas police officers at Griffin and Young, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Dallas.  A report released by Dallas police, Friday, Aug. 14,  on their response to protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis outlines changes the department plans to make, including who can authorize the use of tear gas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Dallas police plan changes after examining protest response

Aug. 15, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A report released by Dallas police on their response to protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis outlines changes the department plans to make, including who can authorize the use of tear gas and how to train for incidents involving mass arrests. Dallas police...

Elena German reacts as she speaks during her interview with the Associated Press in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Alexander Taraikovsky's life-partner Elena German told The Associated Press on Saturday that she is sure her 34-year-old mate was shot by police. German spoke a few hours before Taraikovsky's funeral and burial, an event that could reinforce the anger of demonstrators who for the past have protested what they consider a sham presidential election and the violent police response to their protests. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Partner of dead Belarus protester believes police shot him

Aug. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The partner of a man who died in the protests engulfing Belarus says she does not believe the official account that Alexander Taraikovsky was killed when an explosive device that he intended to throw at police blew up in his hand. Elena German told The Associated Press on Saturday...

Israelis hold signs and chant slogans during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu near the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Days after deal with UAE, anti-Netanyahu protests resume

Aug. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, resuming their calls for the embattled leader to step down despite his historic agreement to establish diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates. Israelis have been...

A man falls after being hit by counter demonstrators during a protest , Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Stone Mountain Village, Ga.  Several dozen people waving Confederate flags, many of them wearing military gear, gathered in downtown Stone Mountain where they faced off against a few hundred counterprotesters, many of whom wore shirts or carried signs expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Police move in after fights break out during Georgia protest

Aug. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — After several hours of mostly peaceful demonstrations Saturday in an Atlanta suburb that's home to a giant Confederate memorial, large numbers of police moved in to disperse the crowds when fights broke out. Several dozen right-wing demonstrators, some waving the Confederate...

Portland police and protesters clash during a demonstration, early Thursday Aug. 13, 2020, in downtown, Portland. Officers used tear gas to break up the crowd of several hundred people who gathered near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, the neighboring Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby police precinct station. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Police in Portland, Oregon, arrest 4 as protests continue

Aug. 15, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four people were arrested overnight in Portland, Oregon, as police dispersed a protest that was headed toward the offices of the police union, authorities said Saturday. The Portland Police Bureau declared the demonstration of a couple hundred people an unlawful assembly Friday night,...

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus patrol around the Gyeongbok Palace, one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Thousands rally against SKorea leader despite virus warning

Aug. 15, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters, armed with umbrellas and raincoats, marched through the soggy streets of South Korea’s capital on Saturday, ignoring official pleas to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus infections. It appeared that at least several were detained...

Protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak raises his hand with a three-fingered salute as a symbol of resistance outside the criminal court after he was released on bail Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Parit was arrested by police Friday on a sedition charge in connection with a July 18 protest. (AP Photo/Busaba Sivasomboon)

Thai student leader freed on bail, vows to keep up protest

Aug. 15, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A student leader of Thailand’s anti-government movement vowed to continue his protesting after being released on bail Saturday, a day after his arrest on a sedition charge. The arrest Friday of Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak came as the government tries to deal with a wave of...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, police clash with a protester following presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, that demonstrators have dismissed as rigged. Hundreds of people released from custody after a violent crackdown on protests in Belarus are sharing their accounts of harsh treatment at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

Freed from Belarus jails, protesters recount beatings

Aug. 15, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — They emerged dazed, shaken and in tears from the detention center in Minsk, to be met by waiting relatives. They displayed the black-and-blue bruises on their bodies, saying police had beaten them mercilessly. One teenager asked his weeping mother to look away. Authorities in Belarus...