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Bolivia clashes after opposition leader assumes as president

Nov. 12, 2019 6:35 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Clashes broke out in the streets of the Bolivian capital Tuesday evening after an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country's interim president following the resignation of Evo Morales. Jeanine Añez assumed temporary control of the Senate late in the day,...

First death reported in nationwide protests wracking Lebanon

Nov. 12, 2019 6:17 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A local official for a Lebanese political party was shot dead by soldiers trying to open a road closed by protesters in southern Beirut late Tuesday, the army reported, marking the first death in 27 days of nationwide protests. An army statement said the man was shot in the Khaldeh...

The Latest: Bolivia Senate leader declares herself president

Nov. 12, 2019 6:08 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on Bolivia's political turmoil (all times local): 7 p.m. An opposition leader in Bolivia's Senate has declared herself the country's interim president after the resignation of Evo Morales. The 52-year-old Jeanine Añez took temporary control of the Senate late Tuesday,...

Chile enters 26th day of protest with strike, huge marches

Nov. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protests against social inequality continued for a 26th day with huge demonstrations across Chile and a national strike that brought much of the country to a standstill Tuesday, while the value of the national currency fell to a record low. Thousands of people marched peacefully in...

The Latest: First death reported in Lebanon's protests

Nov. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on naionwide protests in Lebanon (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The newspaper of a Lebanese political party says a local official was shot dead in south Beirut during anti-government protests, marking the first death during nationwide protests that began Oct. 17. The newspaper...

Activist files to run against Tennessee's US Rep. Jim Cooper

Nov. 12, 2019 1:49 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee activist Justin Jones has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in a 2020 Democratic primary. A Federal Election Commission document shows Jones filed Monday to seek the Nashville seat. Jones didn't immediately return requests for comment. The 24-year-old black activist...

Greek government drops plan to criminalize blasphemy

Nov. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalize blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition. Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that's being...

AP Photos: Portraits of Hong Kong's masked protesters

Nov. 12, 2019 11:25 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — For many protesters in Hong Kong, identity is entwined with surveillance. Their signature masks, umbrellas and top-to-bottom black outfits shield them not only from physical threats like the riot police's tear gas and rubber bullets, but also from the invisible dangers of government...

Tear gas and fires: Hong Kong protests from morning to night

Nov. 12, 2019 11:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong battled police on multiple fronts Tuesday, from major disruptions during the morning rush hour to a late-night standoff at a prominent university, as the 5-month-old anti-government movement takes an increasingly violent turn. Gasoline bombs and fires lit up the...

French police detain 18, clear protesters at Spanish border

Nov. 12, 2019 10:46 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — French police detained 18 pro-Catalan independence protesters Tuesday and used pepper spray and batons to push back demonstrators who blocked a major highway border crossing between France and Spain for more than 24 hours. The police then began towing away vehicles and debris and authorities...