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Angered women's rights activists and their supporters block rush-hour traffic at a major roundabout on the fifth day of nationwide protests against recent court ruling that tightened further Poland's restrictive abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.  The court effectively banned almost all abortions. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Angry women block traffic across Poland over abortion ban

Oct. 26, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists and many thousands of supporters held a fifth day of protests across Poland on Monday, defying pandemic restrictions to express their fury at a top court decision that tightens the predominantly Catholic nation’s already strict abortion law. In...

People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. After 13 days of protests against alleged police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, as moves are made to stop growing violence. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

Oct. 21, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday night, killing 12 people calling for an end to police brutality. At least 56 people have died during two weeks of widespread demonstrations...

Israel says it uncovers deep militant tunnel dug from Gaza

Oct. 20, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensors. Hours after the announcement, a rocket fired from Gaza was intercepted by...

Pro-democracy activists wave mobile phones with lights during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

Oct. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. The efforts by Prime Minister Prayuth...

A protester walks past burning barricades during a protest demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The country is currently experiencing a political impasse without a parliament and is now run entirely by decree under Moise. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haitian police, protesters clash; president calls for unity

Oct. 17, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police on Saturday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fires in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Several people were injured. It was the latest unrest during more than a year of protests calling for the...

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday Oct. 16, 2020. Nigerian protests against police brutality continued Friday for the ninth day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to be backed by the police, warnings from the Nigerian military, and a government order to stop because of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria's anti-police brutality protests block major roads

Oct. 16, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian protests against police brutality continued Friday for the ninth day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to be backed by the police, warnings from the Nigerian military, and a government order to stop because of COVID-19. In Lagos, Nigeria's largest...

Israel: Gaza militants fire rocket into southern Israel

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said. There were no reports of casualties or damage and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. The Gaza-Israel border has been mostly quiet...

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020. Protests against Nigeria's police continued to rock the country for the eighth straight day Thursday as demonstrators marched through the streets of major cities, blocking traffic and disrupting business. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Protesters attacked in Nigerian demos against police abuse

Oct. 15, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Widespread protests against Nigeria's police have turned violent as demonstrators have been attacked by armed gangs in the streets of several cities, according to witnesses. Since the protests began more than a week ago, at least 10 people have been killed and hundreds injured,...

House rep seeks probe into police response to Native protest

Oct. 14, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona has called for an investigation into the state Department of Public Safety's use of tear gas on protesters who blocked traffic near a border crossing. The demonstrators protested Monday on Indigenous Peoples Day against the construction of the Trump administration's...

7 face charges after Rhode Island highway briefly blocked

Oct. 13, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Six adults and a juvenile used a rented box truck, two cars and several traffic cones to briefly block a Rhode Island highway, state police said Tuesday. The adults were charged with disorderly conduct and conspiracy after all four lanes of Interstate 95 northbound in Providence...