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Mexico’s murder rate up, official warns of ‘narcoterrorism’

Nov. 21, 2019 3:16 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s murder rate inched up 2% in the first 10 months of the year, but the latest violence has included much more brazen challenges to authorities. Federal officials said late Wednesday there have been 29,414 homicides so far in 2019, compared to 28,869 in the same period of...

Bolivian interim leader proposes new elections as toll rises

Nov. 20, 2019 6:00 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president sent a bill on holding new elections to congress Wednesday amid escalating violence that has claimed at least 30 lives since a disputed Oct. 20 vote and the subsequent resignation and exile of former leader Evo Morales. Officials...

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

Nov. 20, 2019 1:31 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown, but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last anti-government protesters remained holed up on a university campus, surrounded by police. City officials tried to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and...

India says Kashmir improving but restrictions stay

Nov. 20, 2019 3:52 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s home minister said Wednesday that normalcy has returned in most areas in Indian-controlled Kashmir but the detention of politicians and the blockade of the internet and social media were continuing because of security concerns. Home Minister Amit Shah said offices and...

At least 3 killed in violence near Bolivian fuel plant

Nov. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EST

El ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major Bolivian fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by supporters of former President Evo Morales, and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. The public...

Iraqi protesters block commercial ports, split capital

Nov. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked access to a second major commercial port in southern Iraq on Tuesday, as bridge closures effectively split the capital in half, causing citizens to rely on boats for transport to reach the other side of the city. Since anti-government protests began Oct. 1,...

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 7:31 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In yet another escalation for the movement, protests raged...

Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

Nov. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of President Evo Morales, who resigned and fled to Mexico after a disputed election and nationwide unrest. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts...

Anti-government protests cripple major Iraqi port, oil field

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq blocked roads leading to the country’s main port and an oil field on Monday, while the Iraqi central bank reduced working hours because of the ongoing unrest, security officials said. Protesters burned tires, blocking the roads to the...

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...