Latest War and unrest News

AP Explains: Iran gas price protests quickly turn violent

Nov. 18, 2019 7:10 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protests over gasoline prices have swept across some 100 cities and towns in Iran, turning violent faster than widespread economic protests in 2017 and rallies over the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election. The scale of the unrest that began on Friday...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Nov. 18, 2019 5:53 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support. Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war, comfortably...

Indonesia arrests 43 people following suicide attack

Nov. 18, 2019 5:37 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday that they have arrested 43 suspected militants believed to have links to last week's suicide attack at a busy police station in the country's third-largest city. National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said those arrested are suspected members of a...

Burkina Faso: 32 Islamic extremists killed, sex slaves freed

Nov. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burkina Faso’s army says 32 Islamic extremists were killed over the weekend in the country’s north and several women used as sex slaves were freed. An army statement says one soldier was also killed in the latest clashes as the extremist presence grows in the West African...

Minnesota woman works to identify soldiers in Dutch cemetery

Nov. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When it comes to war, it’s a small world. What began as a search for the missing B-17 “Flying Fortress” co-pilot of an infamously ill-fated World War II bombing raid reunited distant family members from Minnesota and Germany. Throw in a Dutch researcher who was...

Moms share uncertainty of sons' deployments to war zones

Nov. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EST

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Bonnie Eddy’s son, Coltin, did not tell his mom that he was in the thick of battle when the young Marine went nose-to-nose with Islamic State fighters in Mosul in 2017. “He didn’t want me to worry,” Eddy said. Ronda Russell-Gunn does not know what her...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Nov. 18, 2019 12:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

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

Nov. 17, 2019 10:45 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...

Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters

Nov. 17, 2019 8:09 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police breached a Hong Kong university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons. Anti-government protesters have barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University for days. Police...

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

Nov. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s political crisis worsened Sunday with the outgoing prime minister harshly criticizing the party of the country’s president, blaming it for weeks of delay in forming a new Cabinet amid ongoing anti-government protests. A statement released by Saad Hariri’s office...