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Venezuelan opposition struggling for momentum against Maduro

Nov. 18, 2019 2:23 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is struggling to draw protesters into the streets after calling for daily demonstrations to drive President Nicolás Maduro from power. A few dozen Guaidó supporters scuffled with security forces on Monday in Caracas, falling...

Iran downplays, demonizes protests amid internet shutdown

Nov. 18, 2019 2:11 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian officials on Monday alternatively downplayed and demonized ongoing protests across the country that have killed at least five people and put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome U.S. sanctions. The full scale of the protests,...

Anti-government protests cripple major Iraqi port, oil field

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq blocked roads leading to the country’s main port and an oil field on Monday, while the Iraqi central bank reduced working hours because of the ongoing unrest, security officials said. Protesters burned tires, blocking the roads to the...

Lebanese banks to reopen as withdrawal limits made official

Nov. 18, 2019 1:43 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s bank staff union announced Monday it’s ending a week-long strike after increased security and new regulations that officially limited withdrawal and dollar transfers. The union said banks will reopen Tuesday. Banks have been at the center of anti-government protests,...

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 1:38 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In a sign of a fresh escalation for the movement, protests...

The Latest: Chinese envoy accuses UK, US of interference

Nov. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 9 p.m. China’s ambassador to Britain has accused the U.K. and U.S. of interfering in the internal affairs of China and Hong Kong as authorities in the semi-autonomous territory struggle to contain months of protests. Liu Xiaoming...

Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

Nov. 18, 2019 12:43 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted President Evo Morales, who resigned after a disputed election and nationwide unrest. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts to resupply...

Report: Leaked intelligence cables show Iran’s grip on Iraq

Nov. 18, 2019 12:23 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of pages of purported Iranian intelligence documents have come to light that detail Iran’s massive influence in neighboring Iraq, The New York Times and The Intercept reported on Monday. The unprecedented leak of 700 pages of what appears to be Iranian intelligence cables...

Georgian police move to disperse large protest in Tbilisi

Nov. 18, 2019 9:21 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in riot gear in the country of Georgia are trying to push thousands of demonstrators away from the parliament building in the capital on the second day of sizeable protests over the failure of promised election reforms. Officers in black helmets and riot shields advanced down Rustaveli...

AP Explains: Iran gas price protests quickly turn violent

Nov. 18, 2019 7:10 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protests over gasoline prices have swept across some 100 cities and towns in Iran, turning violent faster than widespread economic protests in 2017 and rallies over the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election. The scale of the unrest that began on Friday...