Protests and demonstrations

A commuter with a scooter walks next to automatic gates at the Gare Saint Lazare station in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. French transport strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system entered their twelfth day Monday as French president Emmanuel Macron's government remains determined to push ahead with its plans. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 16, 2019 - 5:13 am
PARIS (AP) — French transport strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system entered their twelfth day Monday as French president Emmanuel Macron's government remains determined to push ahead with its plans. Authorities measured a record traffic jam of 630 kilometers (391 miles) of...
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In this photo released by Hong Kong Government Information Services, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, left, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pose for a photo during a meeting in Beijing Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Turmoil over amendments to extradition legislation has damaged Hong Kong society on all fronts, Li said Monday during a meeting with the semiautonomous territory's leader. It's her first visit to Beijing since pro-democracy candidates swept local Hong Kong elections last month in a rebuke of how Lam has handled months of fiery anti-government protests. (Hong Kong Government Information Services via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 4:31 am
BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong has faced its "grimmest and most complex year” since the former British colony was returned to China, President Xi Jinping said Monday, before reiterating his support for the semi-autonomous city's leader. Xi praised Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam for holding fast to...
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An anti-government protester throws flares against the riot police, background, during a protest near the parliament square, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 15, 2019 - 5:22 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. The violence...
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A member of the Brazil delegation during the closing plenary at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. Negotiators from almost 200 nations planned to gather for a final time at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid early Sunday to pass declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering the effects of climate change. But one of the key issues at the talks, an agreement on international carbon markets, has eluded officials even after the Chilean chair extended Friday's talks deadline to allow more time for negotiations. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
December 15, 2019 - 12:07 pm
MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another...
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In this image made from video, a protester is arrested by police at a shopping mall in Sha Tin district in Hong Kong, with shoppers watch from balconies above, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. The rally, which had a Christmas shopping theme, was the latest in a series of demonstrations, which have beset Hong Kong for more than six months.(AP Photo)
December 15, 2019 - 6:35 am
Several thousand people, some making heart signs with their hands, turned out in Hong Kong on Sunday in an unusual display of support for the police force, even as riot officers clashed elsewhere with protesters and pepper-sprayed a crowd. Competing rallies on Hong Kong Island and wildcat protest...
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In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, a volunteer chef prepares rice to be served to Iraqi protesters as part of a free meal, at the center of Baghdad, Iraq. In Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, there are the anti-government protesters demonstrating for a better future for Iraq, and there are the volunteers who feed them. From stuffed lamb and fish, to the giant pots of soups and rice to the plates of lentils and beans, there is no shortage of food to go around. Volunteers from the capital and southern provinces cook traditional dishes that reflect the country’s rich cuisine and bring protesters together. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
December 15, 2019 - 1:06 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — In Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, there are the anti-government protesters demonstrating for a better future for Iraq, and there are the volunteers who feed them. From stuffed lamb and fish, to the giant pots of soups and rice, to the plates of lentils and other beans, there is no shortage...
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Riot police officers beat an anti-government protester during a protest near the parliament square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The recent clashes marked some of the worst in the capital since demonstrations began two months ago. The rise in tensions comes as politicians have failed to agree on forming a new government. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 14, 2019 - 8:38 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from central Beirut in clashes that lasted for hours into early Sunday. The violence around the epicenter of the protest in Beirut was some of the worst since the...
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Thailand's Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit gestures as he talks to his supporters during rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Several thousand supporters of a popular Thai political party, under threat of dissolution, packed a concourse in central Bangkok on Saturday in one of the largest political demonstrations in recent years. (AP Photo/Str)
December 14, 2019 - 7:13 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Several thousand supporters of a popular opposition party in Thailand that is under threat of dissolution rallied Saturday in the nation's capital in one of the largest political demonstrations since a 2014 coup. The crowd, which gathered mostly on an elevated walkway connecting...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attends a ceremony for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey. On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, a Sudan court convicted al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)
December 14, 2019 - 5:39 am
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the...
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Newly elected Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune speaks during a press conference Friday, Dec.13, 2019 in Algiers. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former prime minister and loyalist of the influential army chief, was declared the oil-rich nation's new president in an election boycotted by members of the vibrant pro-democracy movement. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum,)
December 13, 2019 - 1:50 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria newly-elected president Abdelmadjid Tebboune vowed to reach out to pro-democracy protesters, who massively took to the streets again Friday to challenge his election at the head of the oil-rich nation crippled by rampant corruption. Tebboune, a 74-year-old former...
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