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Israel-Gaza truce shines light on Palestinian hunger striker

Aug. 09, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

IDNA, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hunger striker who his family says has refused food for the past 160 days and is wasting away in an Israeli jailhouse infirmary has suddenly been thrust into the center of efforts to firm up a Gaza cease-fire. Khalil Awawdeh is in the spotlight...

Sri Lankans rally against crackdown on protesters

Aug. 09, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of Sri Lankans on Tuesday rallied against a government crackdown and the use of emergency laws against peaceful protesters demanding answers to the country’s worst economic crisis. Protesters led by religious and trade union leaders marched to...

Public sector strike cripples cash-strapped Lebanon

Aug. 09, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Tarek Younes was once solidly middle class and felt he helped contribute to society as an inspector in the Lebanese government’s consumer protection agency. But the country's economic free-fall has eroded his income and civic pride. In his desperation, Younes has...

Protesters block roads in Iraq after third day of power cuts

Aug. 08, 2022 08:52 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Demonstrators blocked roads as protests broke out in southern Iraq on Monday after power outages left many without electricity during scorching peak summer heat. Temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), nearly matching last year's record...

Dems rally around abortion. Are they reaching Black voters?

Aug. 07, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Facing critical races for governor and U.S. Senate, Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin are hoping that their support for abortion rights in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade can overcome the headwinds of a midterm election long expected to favor...

Monks’ role in Sri Lanka protests raises familiar questions

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

(RNS) — The street protests that drove Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office last month brought together people from across the country’s diverse and sometimes warring ethno-religious groups: Tamils, Muslims, Christians and Sinhala Buddhists — including, unmistakably, the...

In Baghdad's Sadr City, cleric's support underpins protests

Aug. 05, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim’s four sons are among thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric staging a sit-in outside Iraq’s parliament after storming the building last week in a stunning move that threw the country into a new era of political instability. ...

Hundreds of thousands gather for mass prayer in Baghdad

Aug. 05, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis heeded the call of an influential Shiite cleric to gather in a show of strength for a mass prayer in the heart of Baghdad's government zone on Friday. The gathering took place amid an escalating political crisis that has put the country's capital on...

Farmers' group: Talks with Dutch govt delivered 'too little'

Aug. 05, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The leader of the Netherlands' top agricultural lobby group said that a first round of talks Friday with a delegation led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the government’s nitrogen emissions reduction goals delivered “at the moment, too little" for thousands of...

Indian police block opposition protests over price increases

Aug. 05, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police detained dozens of lawmakers from the opposition Congress party, including key leader Rahul Gandhi, as they attempted to march Friday to the president’s palace and prime minister’s residence to protest soaring food and fuel prices and an increase in the goods...