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France braces for even worse travel woes, govt seeks answers

Dec. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead. Sunday saw...

Main Lebanon PM candidate withdraws from consideration

Dec. 8, 2019 2:17 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A possible candidate for prime minister of Lebanon said Sunday he is withdrawing from consideration for the post, prolonging the country's political crisis. Samir Khatib said the country's top Sunni religious authority told him the community supports the re-appointment of former Prime...

Iraqi state forces, militia man checkpoints after bloodshed

Dec. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Sunday set up checkpoints and manned them alongside unarmed members of a militia group, Iraqi police officials said, to protect anti-government protesters in central Baghdad plazas, two days after a deadly attack by unknown gunmen. The militia group, Saraya Salam or...

Protesters: Ukraine's leader must defend nation at summit

Dec. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr...

Protesters in Belarus against deeper ties with Moscow

Dec. 8, 2019 10:13 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several hundred protesters have braved the repressive climate in Belarus to hold a demonstration against deepening the country's ties with Russia. The Sunday protest by about 500 people in the capital of Minsk was the second consecutive day of protest in a country that usually...

Hong Kong protests mark 6-month mark with massive rally

Dec. 8, 2019 9:53 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Almost hidden among the throngs of demonstrators who marched in Hong Kong on Sunday was one woman who crawled, literally on hands and knees on the rough road surface — an apt metaphor for the arduous path traveled by Hong Kong's protest movement in the past six months. Dragging...

French activists use Macron portraits to urge climate action

Dec. 8, 2019 6:22 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French environmental activists brandished stolen portraits of President Emmanuel Macron at a protest Sunday near the Eiffel Tower to try to push the government to do more to fight climate change. The protest is part of an unusual climate movement that has taken root around France this year, in...

Students keep driving protests demanding change in Chile

Dec. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nearly two months ago, Catalina Santana jumped a turnstile in the Santiago metro and helped launch a movement that changed the course of Chilean history. Student protests over a fare hike morphed into a nationwide call for socioeconomic equality and better social services that...

Iraqi officials raise toll to 25 killed in Baghdad bloodshed

Dec. 7, 2019 5:14 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters wielding a blood-drenched flag returned to Baghdad's central plaza on Saturday after a night of bloody attacks that left 25 people dead and more than 130 wounded. Storm clouds gathered over Khilani Square as the protesters surveyed the blackened facade of a...

French protest retirement changes, travel disruptions abound

Dec. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists who joined a wave of protests against the government's overhaul of France's retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages by other protesters disrupted weekend travel around the country. A few thousand yellow vest...