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Rioting erupts as Bolivia says Morales near outright win

Oct. 21, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's electoral authority announced Monday night that President Evo Morales was close to avoiding a runoff in his re-election bid, touching off protests by the leader's opponents already upset by a sudden halt in the release of the vote count. Crowds burned the offices of the...

Hong Kong leaders apologize for water cannon use at mosque

Oct. 21, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials apologized to Muslim leaders Monday after riot police sprayed a mosque and bystanders with a water cannon while trying to contain turbulent weekend pro-democracy demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The city's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and...

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

Oct. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland...

Chile's president rolls back subway fare hike amid protests

Oct. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Saturday announced the suspension of a subway fare hike that had prompted violent student protests, less than a day after he declared a state of emergency amid rioting and commuter chaos in the capital. Soldiers patrolled the streets in...

Barcelona mayor pleads for violence in Catalonia to stop

Oct. 19, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona pleaded Saturday for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists rocked Spain's second largest city for a fifth consecutive night. "This cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it," Mayor Ada Colau told reporters, adding that Friday's...

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

Faced with protests, Lebanon PM blames own gov't for crisis

Oct. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister gave his partners in government a 72-hour ultimatum to come up with "convincing" solutions for a rapidly worsening economic crisis, as nationwide protests against the country's entire ruling political class escalated. The blaze of protests was unleashed a day earlier...

5 arrested in fight with police at store parking lot

Oct. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have arrested five people who got into a fight with officers in Manchester. Police responded to a fight in a convenience store parking lot on Thursday. They said a 21-year-old woman was charged with riot, simple assault and resisting arrest for allegedly...

Protests spread across Lebanon over proposed new taxes

Oct. 17, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Beirut early Friday after they tried to push through security barriers around the government headquarters amid some of the largest demonstrations the country has seen in years. The riots left two people dead and...