Latest Political and civil unrest News

A Portland police officer shoves a protester as police try to disperse the crowd in front of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office early in the morning on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Portland protests persist as some bring flashes of violence

Aug. 8, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters in Portland, Oregon, defied police orders to disperse and threw rocks, frozen or hard-boiled eggs and commercial-grade fireworks at officers as unrest in the Northwest city continued early Saturday. Some demonstrators also filled pool noodles with nails and placed them in...

A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron came in Beirut to offer French support to Lebanon after the deadly port blast. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

The Latest: Macron says conference to bring donors together

Aug. 8, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 8:20 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office says an international conference on Sunday is aimed at bringing donors together to provide emergency aid and equipment to the Lebanese population. Co-hosted by Macron and U.N....

People clash with police during a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital and killed more than 150 people, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Tear gas, clashes in Beirut amid fury over massive blast

Aug. 8, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Beirut, and a group of protesters stormed the foreign ministry amid mounting fury over this week's explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people. Dozens were still missing and...

President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

At his New Jersey golf club, Trump finds supportive audience

Aug. 8, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — They hustled down the stairs, the rain dabbing their polo shirts and golf attire, as they dashed inside the clubhouse, drinks in their hands and masks missing from their faces. It was an unexpected perk of their country club membership: being the audience for President Donald...

National Health Service (NHS) workers pose with placards, during a socially distanced demonstration as part of a national protest over pay, in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Aug. 8, 2020.  Nationwide protests on Saturday are calling for government to address what they claim is many years of reduced wages, and are calling for a voice in plans for public sector pay increases. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

UK medics protest, seeking pay raise after pandemic struggle

Aug. 8, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of health care workers rallied in British cities on Saturday, demanding that the Conservative government acknowledge their hard work and dedication during the coronavirus pandemic with a hefty pay increase. In London, demonstrators — most wearing masks and observing social...

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New protests held against arrest of popular Russian governor

Aug. 8, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators gathered again Saturday in the major Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk to denounce the arrest of the region’s governor a month ago. Sergei Furgal was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of involvement in murders and taken to jail in Moscow. The estimated 3,000...

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States race to pass policing reforms after Floyd's death

Aug. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The death of George Floyd and widespread protests over racial injustice have prompted several states to move at a lightning pace to pass significant policing reform proposals that in some cases have languished for years. The urgency is bipartisan, as both Democratic and Republican...

Protesters, security forces clash in Lebanese capital following deadly explosion

Aug. 8, 2020 9:50 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Protesters, security forces clash in Lebanese capital following deadly explosion.
A police officer tries to speak to a crowd at an anti-government gathering Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Hundreds rally against detention of Thai protest leaders

Aug. 8, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Thailand on Saturday, after police arrested two leading anti-government protest leaders in an apparent attempt to stifle growing political unrest. Around 800 demonstrators packed a concourse near a shopping mall in central Bangkok to hear speeches...

FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko faces a perfect storm as he seeks a sixth term in the election held Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 after 26 years in office. Mounting public discontent over the worsening economy and his government’s bungled handling of the coronavirus pandemic has fueled the largest opposition rallies since the Soviet collapse. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

Aug. 8, 2020 4:29 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — After 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus is facing the toughest challenge yet as he runs for a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and the government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition...