Latest Political and civil unrest News

Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en who are against the LNG pipeline, block a Canadian National Railway line just west of Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees amid Canada rail protests

Feb. 19, 2020 3:20 PM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Via Rail, the Canadian passenger train service, said Wednesday it is temporarily laying off 1,000 employees due to the continued halt in service on CN Rail's tracks in eastern Canadian caused by railway blockades protesting a British Columbia pipeline. The government corporation has...

Turkish activist Feray Salman and international human rights activists speak to the media before the trial of the Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. A court in Istanbul will hand down verdicts for defendants in the closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders. (AP Photo)

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists

Feb. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on Wednesday. The move by the parliament- and...

Some thousand of farmers converge on The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the latest protest against the government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch farmers protest in The Hague against emissions policy

Feb. 19, 2020 11:19 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of angry Dutch farmers converged on The Hague on Wednesday in the latest protest against the government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide. As tractors poured into the city, the Dutch military parked large trucks across strategic roads to prevent farmers...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Los Angeles 2028 organizers, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump vows to 'clean up' LA at Olympic meeting briefing

Feb. 18, 2020 10:08 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday veered into politics during a briefing on preparations for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, criticizing the city's political leadership for failing to curtail its homelessness epidemic. Trump said if Los Angeles doesn't “clean it up...

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a statement in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020,, regarding infrastructure disruptions caused by blockades across the country. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trudeau urges patience, warns against force in rail protests

Feb. 18, 2020 5:48 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged patience and warned against using force Tuesday as his government works to end nationwide rail blockades and protests over a British Columbia pipeline project. Demonstrators have set up blockades in British Columbia and Ontario in solidarity with...

UN report questions police, highlights violence in Haiti

Feb. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The United Nations issued a scathing report on Tuesday that accused Haitian police of not protecting an impoverished neighborhood from corrupt officers and gang leaders they say shot at people and set fire to homes and cars in a recent three-day attack. The report urged local...

Mucella Yapici, one of defendants, celebrates after a court acquitted nine leading Turkish civil society activists of terrorism-related charges related to anti-government protests, including an entrepreneur known for philanthropy who has been jailed for more than two years, in Silivri, outside Istanbul, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

Feb. 18, 2020 4:57 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days. The Istanbul prosecutor's office said in a statement that it...

Farmers protest blocking the motorway near Navalmoral de la Mata in Caceres province, Spain, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Farmers in fluorescent yellow vests have begun blocking highways in southwestern Spain with tractors and other vehicles in the latest mass protest over what they say are plummeting incomes for agricultural workers. (AP Photo/Alicia Leon)

Farmers block highways in Spain to protest low food prices

Feb. 18, 2020 11:15 AM EST

NAVALMORAL DE LA MATA, Spain (AP) — Farmers in fluorescent yellow vests blocked highways in southwestern Spain with tractors and other vehicles Tuesday in the latest mass protest over what they say are plummeting incomes for agricultural workers. Several labor unions called for protest rallies,...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. A 24-hour strike in Greece has halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country, as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece: Ferries, urban transport halted by strikes, protests

Feb. 18, 2020 7:38 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country Tuesday as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. Flights, as well as national rail and bus services, were not...

Turkish court acquits nine civil society figures of charges in protest trial, including Turkish philanthropist

Feb. 18, 2020 7:01 AM EST
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish court acquits nine civil society figures of charges in protest trial, including Turkish philanthropist.