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Bangladesh imposes nationwide curfew as deadly protests over government jobs escalate

Jul. 19, 2024 14:50 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government late Friday announced a nationwide curfew across Bangladesh and ordered the deployment of military forces to maintain order following days of deadly clashes over the allocation of government jobs. The announcement...

UN panel calls on Belarus to release Nobel Peace laureate from prison

Jul. 19, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A United Nations panel of human rights experts called on Belarus to release the Nobel Peace Prize-winning founder of the country's most respected rights group, who has been behind bars for three years. Ales Bialiatski's imprisonment came amid a widespread...

Kenya president retains 6 former Cabinet ministers in first batch of appointments

Jul. 19, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President William Ruto on Friday appointed the first 11 members of his Cabinet, retaining six former ministers in the key portfolios of defense and interior. Last week, Ruto dismissed all but one minister and said he would form a broad-based government...

Accused of biting police official, NYC Council member says police were the aggressors

Jul. 19, 2024 08:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City Council member accused of biting a police official complained Thursday that officers used excessive force as she strove to help someone who was lying under a barricade at a protest. Brooklyn Democrat Susan Zhuang didn't address the biting allegation...

Order restored in the UK city of Leeds after overnight unrest

Jul. 19, 2024 04:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Officials in the northern English city of Leeds say order has been restored after a night of unrest that began when police and local government workers intervened in a “family incident” and residents poured into the streets in protest. Rioters set a bus on fire...

Key events in Alexander Lukashenko's 30 years as the iron-fisted leader of Belarus

Jul. 19, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

Key events in the 30-year rule of Belarus' hard-line President Alexander Lukashenko: July 20, 1994 — Lukashenko is inaugurated as president after a landslide victory in what international observers say was the post-Soviet country's first and only genuinely free election. He...

Leader of Belarus marks 30 years in power after crushing all dissent and cozying up to Moscow

Jul. 19, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — For three decades, European leaders have come and gone by the dozens, but Alexander Lukashenko remains in absolute control of Belarus. His longevity is due to a mixture of harshly silencing all dissent, reverting to Soviet-style economic controls and...

Here's what to know about the violent protests over government jobs roiling Bangladesh

Jul. 18, 2024 22:02 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh has been gripped by violence this week after relentless clashes between student protesters, security officials and pro-government student activists over a quota system for government jobs. Protest organizers say they are imposing “a complete...

British climate protesters who plotted highway shutdown given record harsh prison sentences

Jul. 18, 2024 13:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Five climate activists who planned a protest to cause gridlock and block traffic over four days on a major highway circling London were sentenced Thursday to as much as five years in prison. The sentences were the harshest terms handed down for a peaceful protest in...

A Kenyan court suspends a police ban on protests in Nairobi

Jul. 18, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Thursday suspended a police ban on protests in the capital, stating that citizens have a right to demonstrate peacefully. Before the high court's decision, police had barred protests in Nairobi indefinitely, saying they lacked leadership that...