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Death toll in violence at Bolivian fuel plant rises to 6

Nov. 20, 2019 11:40 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The death toll from an operation by Bolivian security forces to clear the blockade of a fuel plant by anti-government protesters has risen to six, officials said Wednesday. The public defender’s office announced the casualty figures, a day after the violence in the city of El...

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

Nov. 20, 2019 10:14 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 wrapped his arms around his body — although it was unclear whether it was to ward off the cold or to reassure himself. Only a handful of protesters remain...

“Tuk Tuk” a newspaper for the Iraqi protest movement

Nov. 20, 2019 10:13 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Every other day, the editor, bespectacled and perpetually pecking at a laptop, sends a top secret 8-page document to an anonymous printing house near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, a central plaza which has transformed into the hub of what has become the largest grassroots protest movement...

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

Nov. 20, 2019 9:08 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 anti-government protesters remained holed up on a university campus, surrounded by police. City officials tried to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and...

Ex-British Consulate staff says Chinese police tortured him

Nov. 20, 2019 9:05 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,...

Faculty at 9 New Jersey colleges to rally for contracts

Nov. 20, 2019 6:34 AM EST

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Faculty and staff at nine colleges in New Jersey plan to protest for new contracts. The members of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals will stage informational pickets and rallies across campuses on Wednesday. The union represents more than 10,000 professors, staff and...

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...

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...