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Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities

Nov. 17, 2019 12:05 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests, calling those who attacked public property during demonstrations “thugs” and signaling that a...

France’s yellow vests stage new protests for anniversary

Nov. 17, 2019 12:04 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest activists staged peaceful demonstrations across France on Sunday, a day after scuffles between Paris police and protesters marred the anniversary of their movement for economic justice. Local yellow vest groups gathered at traffic circles across France where the movement emerged...

Airstrikes kill 9 in rebel-held northwest Syria

Nov. 17, 2019 11:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib killed at least nine people on Sunday, an opposition war monitor and a paramedic group said. Syrian troops launched a four-month offensive earlier this year against the country’s last opposition stronghold,...

Hong Kong police launch operation to flush out protesters

Nov. 17, 2019 10:59 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police launched a late-night operation Sunday to try to flush about 200 protesters out of a university campus on a day of clashes in which an officer was hit in the leg with an arrow and massive barrages of tear gas and water cannons were fired. Riot police began moving in on one group of...

Iraq protesters cut roads, retake 3rd strategic bridge

Nov. 17, 2019 10:45 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Iraq seized control of a third strategic Baghdad bridge on Sunday, while others blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. Protesters retook control of half...

The Latest: Hong Kong police launch move on protesters

Nov. 17, 2019 10:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Police have launched an operation to flush out protesters who have barricaded themselves inside a university in Hong Kong. Tear gas barrages were fired late Sunday at protesters outside the campus after an ultimatum to...

Thousands protest election reform failure in Georgia

Nov. 17, 2019 9:53 AM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of protesters are demonstrating outside the parliament in Georgia, demanding snap elections for the Caucasus country’s legislature after lawmakers failed to pass a promised electoral-reform measure. The Georgian Dream party, which dominates the country’s...

Algeria kicks off presidential campaign, 5 candidates to run

Nov. 17, 2019 9:28 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s presidential campaign officially kicked off Sunday with five candidates vying to replace the country’s longtime leader, who was pushed out in April amid sustained protests. Two former prime ministers, Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune, are among those...

Lebanon’s outgoing PM blasts president’s party over delays

Nov. 17, 2019 8:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister is harshly criticizing the party of the country’s president after weeks of delay in forming a new Cabinet. A statement released Sunday by Saad Hariri’s office called the policies of Michel Aoun’s party...

AP Photos: Violence engulfs Hong Kong university campus

Nov. 17, 2019 5:01 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Bows and arrows, rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, blue dye fired from water cannons, and tear gas engulfing Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University were the defining images Sunday as anti-government protests entered their sixth month. A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an...