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Iran supreme leader warns ‘thugs’ amid gas price protests

Nov. 17, 2019 6:13 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike “thugs,” signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations....

Hong Kong officer hit by arrow; police fire water cannons

Nov. 17, 2019 5:43 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow Sunday as authorities used tear gas and water cannons to try to drive back protesters occupying a university campus and blocking a major road tunnel under the city’s harbor. Police said the arrow struck a media liaison...

Iraq anti-government protesters block roads amid strike call

Nov. 17, 2019 5:17 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq on Sunday, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze...

The Latest: Hong Kong protesters retreat to campus

Nov. 17, 2019 5:04 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Protesters have begun retreating inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University after a police tear gas volley from a new direction raised fears they would be caught in a trap outside. The protesters had held ground all day...

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...

Bolivian interim leader meets UN envoy amid violence fears

Nov. 16, 2019 11:14 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — A U.N. envoy met with Bolivia’s interim president Saturday to find a way out of the country’s political crisis while the world body expressed concern the situation could “spin out of control” amid a rising death toll. On leaving the meeting with interim...

Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

Nov. 16, 2019 8:27 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person. The...

Chinese troops join Hong Kong cleanup as protesters retreat

Nov. 16, 2019 8:09 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday — not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of the semi-autonomous territory, where the local government’s inability to end...

Q&A: The Chinese troops in Hong Kong and what they can do

Nov. 16, 2019 7:34 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese troops made a rare public appearance on the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday, joining an effort to clear streets of debris from the anti-government protests that are now in their sixth month. Here’s a look at the People’s Liberation Army role in the semi-autonomous...

Officers arrest 3 at protest near Confederate statue

Nov. 16, 2019 6:01 PM EST

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been arrested in North Carolina during a protest near a Confederate statue slated for removal. The News & Observer reports that a fight erupted Saturday in Pittsboro when protesters who oppose the statue’s removal complained about...