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Outcry as Cuba removes protesters defending rapper

Nov. 27, 2020 5:12 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities have cleared more than a dozen artists and activists from a home they have used as a center for anti-government protests that have gained unusually wide attention. Police and health authorities raided the house in Old Havana on Thursday night, removing the protesters and...

Report: Utah officer used ‘improper’ force when pushing man

Nov. 27, 2020 1:44 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake City’s Civilian Review Board sustained an allegation that a police officer used improper force during a protest against police violence in May when he pushed down an older man with a cane. Video captured by ABC4 shows an officer getting out of an armored police...

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr,gather in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Thousands took to the streets in Baghdad on Friday in a show of support for a radical Iraqi cleric ahead of elections slated for next year, stirring fears of a spike in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Two protesters dead as supporters of Iraqi cleric rally

Nov. 27, 2020 1:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Confrontations between demonstrators and followers of a firebrand cleric left two protesters dead in southern Iraq on Friday, officials said, as thousands also took to Baghdad's streets in a show of support for the preacher ahead of elections next year. Two protesters were killed and 10...

Policemen use water cannon to prevent protesting farmers from moving ahead towards Delhi, at the border between Delhi and Haryana state, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Thousands of agitating farmers in India faced tear gas and baton charge from police on Friday after they resumed their march to the capital against new farming laws that they fear will give more power to corporations and reduce their earnings. While trying to march towards New Delhi, the farmers, using their tractors, cleared concrete blockades, walls of shipping containers and horizontally parked trucks after police had set them up as barricades and dug trenches on highways to block roads leading to the capital. (AP Photo)

Indian police agree to allow protesting farmers into capital

Nov. 27, 2020 10:58 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of angry Indian farmers protesting against new agricultural laws were allowed to enter the national capital late Friday after they clashed with police who had blocked them at the outskirts of the city. The farmers, who fear the new laws will reduce their earnings and give more...

Inflatable yellow ducks, which have become good-humored symbols of resistance during anti-government rallies, are lifted over a crowd of protesters Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Pro-democracy demonstrators are continuing their protests calling for the government to step down and reforms to the constitution and the monarchy, despite legal charges being filed against them and the possibility of violence from their opponents or a military crackdown. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai pro-democracy protesters warn of possible coup

Nov. 27, 2020 10:54 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand, undeterred by arrest warrants and the possibility of violent attacks, staged another rally on Friday, poking fun at their critics and warning of the possibility of a military coup. The potential for violence was illustrated after their last rally on...

Minnesota National Guard chaplains bow during a prayer after a time of devotion Oct. 19, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. The role of faith leaders who serve as National Guard chaplains has grown more crucial, and more challenging, as thousands of soldiers and airmen, most of them in their 20s, have been increasingly deployed not only in long-lasting overseas wars but in civil unrest across a deeply polarized United States, including the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Guard chaplains reflect on Floyd protests, lessons learned

Nov. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reflecting on a polarized nation in the throes of a bitterly fought election, Stephanie Christoffels started the communal prayer at a fall training of her fellow Minnesota National Guard chaplains by reminding them of Christianity’s two greatest commandments: to love God and...

Judge tosses cases involving Omaha protesters

Nov. 27, 2020 9:05 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed cases against 25 people who were arrested and jailed for blocking traffic at a bridge during a summer racial injustice protest in Omaha. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Douglas County Judge Marcena Hendrix ruled Wednesday that Omaha's ordinance prohibiting the...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, homeless mother Martha Escudero, with her daughters, Mezcli, 8, left, and Victoria, 10, stands on the balcony outside a formerly publicly owned vacant home that her family has moved to in El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles. A new group of homeless people who had taken over several empty, state-owned houses in Los Angeles was forcefully removed by California Highway Patrol officers hours later amid protests by dozens of community activists. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Officers remove people occupying state-owned homes in LA

Nov. 26, 2020 6:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of homeless people who had taken over several empty, state-owned houses in Los Angeles was forcefully removed by California Highway Patrol officers hours later amid protests by dozens of community activists. Members of Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community said in a video message to...

Amid a strict corona virus measures, opposition supporters gather to protest the leftist government policy towards Bulgaria, in front of the government building in Skopje, North Macedonia, late Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Main conservative opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski has called late on Thursday leftist Prime minister Zoran Zaev to resign after his controversial interview given to one Bulgarian media in which he mitigated Bulgaria's occupation role in then Macedonia during the World War II. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

North Macedonia opposition stages anti-government protest

Nov. 26, 2020 6:09 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Some 2,000 protesters staged an opposition rally in North Macedonia late Thursday to demand the resignation of the country’s Social Democrat prime minister, Zoran Zaev. The conservative opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski spoke at the event and accused the Zaev...

Music producer identified only by his first name, Michel, is pictured on his way to the Inspectorate General of the National Police, known by its French acronym IGPN, in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin ordered several Paris police officers suspended after the publication of videos showing them beating up a Black man and using tear gas against him with no apparent reason. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Paris police suspended over beating of Black man

Nov. 26, 2020 2:55 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A Black man beaten up by several French police officers said he is seeking justice after the publication of videos showing officers repeatedly punching him, using a truncheon and tear gas against him for no apparent reason. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin ordered the officers involved...