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Protests in northern Syria slam Turkish minister's remarks

Aug. 12, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian opposition supporters rallied Friday in northwestern Syria, including outside a Turkish army post, to denounce remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister urging for a reconciliation with Syrian President Bashar Assad. On Thursday, Turkish Foreign...

Rival Iraq protests underscore inter-Shiite power struggle

Aug. 12, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of Iran-backed Shiite groups rallied in Baghdad on Friday to denounce their rivals, followers of an influential Shiite cleric who stormed the parliament last month and have since been holding a sit-in outside the assembly building in the Iraqi capital. ...

Germany regrets boycott by Munich attack victims’ families

Aug. 12, 2022 06:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it regrets plans by families of Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich to boycott a 50-year anniversary ceremony next month and said it was prepared to continue talks on further compensation. Eleven Israelis and...

Somaliland leader says 5 killed in opposition protests

Aug. 12, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The president of Somaliland says five people were killed in opposition protests over fears of a delayed election, hours after police confirmed shooting demonstrators and accused them of not following officers’ instructions. In comments late Thursday,...

Protester: San Francisco paramedic sedated her involuntarily

Aug. 11, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A protester has filed a federal civil lawsuit against the city of San Francisco claiming that a paramedic, under the direction of a police sergeant, injected her against her will with a sedative while she was handcuffed after being removed from a Golden State Warriors...

Olympics attack victims' families to boycott German ceremony

Aug. 11, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

The families of 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian attackers at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich will not attend a 50-year anniversary ceremony organized by German authorities, saying they deserve more compensation and a fuller reckoning of the tragedy. The decision...

Guatemalans march in protest of corruption, cost of living

Aug. 11, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of Guatemalans set out from various points of the capital Thursday to protest alleged corruption by a deeply unpopular government, the high cost of living and attacks on freedom of expression. University students, faculty and other employees marched...

Death toll from weekend Israel-Gaza fighting rises to 48

Aug. 11, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian death toll from last weekend's fighting between Israel and Gaza militants rose to 48 Thursday after an 11-year-old girl and a man died from wounds they suffered during the worst cross-border violence in over a year. Meanwhile, two...

Police kill 3 in Somaliland opposition protests over vote

Aug. 11, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police in Somaliland said they fired on opposition protesters Thursday amid tensions over an upcoming election, killing three people and wounding 27. During a media briefing, police officials asserted that some demonstrators were armed with knives and...

Sri Lankan ex-president who fled homeland arrives in Bangkok

Aug. 11, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who last month fled anti-government protests in his country, arrived in Thailand on Thursday night on a flight from Singapore, where he had been staying since mid-July. Thai television stations showed Rajapaksa and a...