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Qatar emir not attending annual Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 10, 2019 7:54 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A summit of Arab Gulf nations opened on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia without Qatar’s ruler in attendance, despite signs of a thaw in a diplomatic crisis that has gripped the regions U.S. allies. Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani instead sent Prime Minister Sheikh...

Bosnian police forcibly break up protest over landfill site

Dec. 9, 2019 8:35 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in the southern Bosnian city of Mostar dispatched police Monday to remove residents who have been blocking access to the city’s only landfill over concerns that it poses serious health and environmental risks. Police, including officers in full riot...

French protest retirement changes, travel disruptions abound

Dec. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists who joined a wave of protests against the government's overhaul of France's retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages by other protesters disrupted weekend travel around the country. A few thousand yellow vest...

Protests at Gaza-Israel fence resume after 3-week pause

Dec. 6, 2019 11:39 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza-Israel frontier Friday as the territory’s Hamas rulers resumed the regular protests after a three-week pause. The renewed weekly protests came as leaders from Hamas and the smaller but more radical Islamic Jihad were...

Lebanon’s outgoing PM backs businessman to replace him

Dec. 3, 2019 8:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a prominent contractor to become the next premier, a move that will likely pave the way for the formation of a new Cabinet amid a severe economic and financial crisis. The news of the possible...

Dominica protesters block airport roads in election fight

Dec. 3, 2019 2:48 PM EST

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Protesters trying to cancel national elections blocked roads leading to the main airport on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Tuesday, forcing passengers to drag suitcases through the street to make their flights. Supporters of the opposition United Workers' Party set up...

Haitian schools reopen after months of unrest

Dec. 2, 2019 3:57 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Protected by police patrols, thousands of Haitian children began to return to school Monday after months of violent unrest forced schools to shut around the country. Some schools were about a quarter full in response to the Education Ministry’s call last week to reopen...

Hong Kong protesters seek British support; campus siege ends

Nov. 29, 2019 8:58 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists rallied Friday outside the British Consulate, urging the city’s former colonial ruler to emulate the U.S. and take concrete actions to support their cause, as police ended a blockade of a university campus after 12 days. Waving British...

40 Iraqi protesters slain in 24 hours as violence spirals

Nov. 28, 2019 4:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces shot dead 40 anti-government protesters during 24 hours of bloodshed amid spiraling violence in the capital and Iraq’s south, security and medical officials said Thursday, one day after an Iranian consulate was torched. Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in...

The Latest: Iraqi protesters burn down Iranian consulate

Nov. 27, 2019 2:26 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government demonstrations in Iraq (all times local): 10:25 p.m. An Iraqi police official says anti-government protesters have burned down the Iranian consulate in southern Iraq.  Protesters torched the Iranian consulate building in the holy city of Najaf, the seat of...