Latest Political and civil unrest News

Protesters wave the national flag as security forces fire tear gas during an ongoing protest in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Nighttime rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad injured 1

Jan. 27, 2020 7:36 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A nighttime rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad injured at least one embassy personnel member, staffers there said Monday. The two staff members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, did not specify the injured person's nationality...

An anti-government protester holds a knife as throws stones at riot police during a scuffle near the parliament building in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Lebanese security forces scuffled Monday with protesters near the parliament building in downtown Beirut where lawmakers are scheduled to begin a two-day discussion and later approval of the budget amid a crippling financial crisis. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Heavy security in Beirut as parliament convenes on budget

Jan. 27, 2020 7:29 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces clashed with protesters in downtown Beirut on Monday, leaving several demonstrators injured and others detained. As the protests simmered outside parliament, lawmakers held a controversial session to discuss and later approve the state budget amid a crippling...

Virginia teachers union to hold 'Fund Our Future' rally

Jan. 27, 2020 4:01 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Education Association is hosting a rally at the State Capitol to call on lawmakers to increase state funding for public education. The union said in a news release that teachers, administrators and school board members from around the state are expected to attend Monday's...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo a rescue worker searches the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. The downing of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran highlights the limits of the civilian arm of Iran's government against the absolute power of the Shiite theocracy and the paramilitary forces beneath it. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Downing of jet in Iran reveals Islamic Republic's wider woes

Jan. 27, 2020 1:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ukrainian jetliner stood ready for takeoff at Iran's main international airport bound for Kyiv, packed with passengers and so many bags on one of the cheapest routes to the West that the ground crew rushed to unload some luggage to make its weight for flight. Nearly...

A demonstrator carries a poster with the photo of his murdered son during a march against violence called

Mexican march for peace swarmed by angry protesters

Jan. 26, 2020 6:47 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A four-day pilgrimage by family members of murdered or missing Mexicans culminated in a tense confrontation in the capital's main square Sunday as supporters of Mexico's president hurled insults at the families — including dozens of Mormons with dual U.S.-citizenship. Fervent...

Prof arrested amid protest against white nationalism may sue

Jan. 26, 2020 4:42 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University associate professor arrested last summer while protesting against a farmers’ market vendor alleged to have ties to a white supremacist group has taken a step toward filing a civil lawsuit against the city of Bloomington. Attorneys for Cara Caddoo...

Anti-government protesters hold a huge Iraqi flag as they gather during a protest in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets

Jan. 26, 2020 3:28 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — One protester was killed by security forces after hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq's capital and southern provinces on Sunday, defying a powerful Iraqi religious leader who recently withdrew his support from the popular movement. Separately, five Katyusha...

Utah American Indian mascot change resolution draws protest

Jan. 26, 2020 2:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah legislator's proposed resolution discouraging schools from renaming mascots involving Native Americans prompted a protest at the state Capitol. “Native mascots at their very core are dehumanizing,” James Courage Singer, co-founder of the Utah League of Native...

Women protest against the latest murder of two women, in Mexico City, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. During the past couple of weeks two women activists, attorney Yunuen Lopez Sanchez and Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre where both murdered by unknown assailants. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican women protest murders of activists, target monuments

Jan. 25, 2020 10:13 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Several hundred feminist activists warmed up with chants Saturday next to a monument to murdered Mexican women before filling a street in the capital and dousing female police officers with red paint. It was the latest in a series of rowdy all-female protests that have flooded central...

Director Bryan Fogel, left, and Hatice Cengiz pose for a portrait to promote the film

Khashoggi documentary 'The Dissident' lands at Sundance

Jan. 25, 2020 6:14 PM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A searing documentary about the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi made its anticipated debut at the Sundance Film Festival, unveiling a detailed investigation into the Saudi Arabia regime and the companies and governments that do business with it. Bryan...