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AP Explains: Iran gas price protests quickly turn violent

Nov. 18, 2019 5:53 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...

The Latest: Hong Kong police urge students to surrender

Nov. 18, 2019 4:49 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 5 p.m. Hong Kong police are calling on protesters barricaded inside the city’s Polytechnic University to surrender and face justice, saying they have no other option given the level of violence in recent days. The regional...

Buttigieg touts military service, wary of overstating role

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 AM EST

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg strides past an oversized photograph of himself dressed in fatigues, the Afghan horizon behind him, as he enters a Des Moines arena for an Iowa Democratic Party gala. In his first Iowa television ad, he holds a rifle and points it toward the rubble at his feet,...

Bloomberg apologizes for ‘stop-and-frisk’ police practice

Nov. 18, 2019 1:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg on Sunday apologized for his longstanding support of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” police strategy ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run, a practice that he embraced as New York’s mayor and continued to defend despite its...

Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities

Nov. 17, 2019 10:45 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests, calling those who attacked public property during demonstrations “thugs” and signaling that a...

3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

Nov. 17, 2019 10:36 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area...

Bolivian interim leader meets UN envoy amid violence fears

Nov. 16, 2019 11:14 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — A U.N. envoy met with Bolivia’s interim president Saturday to find a way out of the country’s political crisis while the world body expressed concern the situation could “spin out of control” amid a rising death toll. On leaving the meeting with interim...

Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

Nov. 16, 2019 8:27 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person. The...

Chinese troops join Hong Kong cleanup as protesters retreat

Nov. 16, 2019 8:09 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday — not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of the semi-autonomous territory, where the local government’s inability to end...

Florida judge draws town’s wrath over school violence case

Nov. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EST

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) — Anxieties multiplied quickly across Baker County, a mostly rural community of 28,000 in northern Florida, when news spread that a 15-year-old had planned a massacre at the county’s only high school. "MAKE SURE THE TEACHERS ARE DEAD," he ranted in a notebook. "Then rinse...