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Iran begins voting in first parliament election since 2022 protests as questions over turnout loom

Mar. 01, 2024 00:21 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran began voting Friday in its first parliamentary elections since the mass 2022 protests over its mandatory hijab laws after the death of Mahsa Amini, with questions looming over just how many people will turn out for the poll. Iran's Supreme...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 29, 2024 21:18 PM EST

Feb. 23-29, 2024 A Hindu devotee performed rituals during Maghi Purnima in Prayagraj, India. South Korean doctors protested the government’s medical policy near the presidential office in Seoul. Farmers and other borrowers protesting the alleged excesses of private lenders gathered...

Migration through the Darien Gap is cut off following the capture of boat captains in Colombia

Feb. 29, 2024 15:55 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The flow of thousands of migrants daily through the treacherous migratory highway, the Darien Gap, has been cut off following the capture of a number of boat captains who had been ferrying the migrants to the starting point of their jungle trek. The stoppage...

Pakistan swears in new parliament amid chaotic scenes as Imran Khan's followers protests vote count

Feb. 29, 2024 10:01 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's National Assembly swore in newly elected members of parliament on Thursday in a chaotic scene as allies of imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan shouted and protested what they claim was a rigged election. Lawmakers from Khan's Pakistan...

Italian interior minister calls violence against minors at pro-Palestinian demo 'a defeat'

Feb. 29, 2024 09:26 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s interior minister acknowledged as a “defeat” the use of police batons against high school students demonstrating in the Tuscan city of Pisa last week, while warning lawmakers Thursday of growing violent tendencies among pro-Palestinian demonstrators. ...

Young South Korean doctors resist back-to-work orders, risking prosecution

Feb. 29, 2024 08:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As South Korea’s government made a last plea for junior doctors to end a walkout hours before a Thursday deadline, many were expected to defy orders to return to work, risking suspensions of medical licenses and prosecution. Thousands of medical interns...

Sunak says the UK is descending into mob rule. Critics accuse him of undermining protest rights

Feb. 29, 2024 06:34 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Britain is descending into “mob rule” because of the pressures created by protests against the Israel-Hamas war — words criticized as alarmist by a human rights group. Sunak told a meeting of police leaders on Wednesday that there...

Hong Kong's plan for a new national security law deepens fears over eroding civil liberties

Feb. 28, 2024 22:47 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — As Hong Kong moves toward enacting a new national security law, four years after Beijing imposed a similar law that all but wiped out dissent and vocal pro-democracy media in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, concerns are spreading among the city's international business and...

'Euphoria' star Hunter Schafer among protesters arrested during Biden’s appearance on ‘Late Night’

Feb. 28, 2024 18:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Hunter Schafer was among dozens of war protesters arrested at NBC's headquarters in Manhattan during President Joe Biden’s appearance on “Late Night with Seth Myers” earlier this week, organizers confirmed Wednesday. The 25-year-old “Euphoria” star...

UC Berkeley officials denounce protest that forced police to evacuate Jewish event for safety

Feb. 28, 2024 18:00 PM EST

Leaders of the University of California, Berkeley, have denounced a protest against an event organized by Jewish students that forced police to evacuate attendees and a speaker from Israel for their safety after demonstrators broke through doors. A criminal investigation has begun,...