Hungry for change, Algerians press old guard to step aside

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Thousands demonstrated in Algeria on Tuesday, demanding immediate political changes a day after ailing President Abelaziz Bouteflika abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power but stopped short of stepping down. Huge crowds gathered in several cities and Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralyzed operations at the Mediterranean port at Bejaia. But in […]

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Hundreds march in Paris as childminders join 'yellow vest' protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of “yellow vest” protesters began marches in Paris on Saturday, marking the 17th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations despite attempts by French President Emmanuel Macron to quell discontent with a nationwide series of debates. Protesters wearing the neon high-visibility vests that have come to symbolize the movement were joined by others donning pink tops, as child-care […]

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Big anti-Bouteflika protest fills Algerian capital

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Algerians packed central Algiers to capacity on Friday to challenge President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year-old rule in the biggest protests in the capital in 28 years. While the demonstrations were mostly peaceful, police used tear gas to block the road to the presidential palace and also used it in several other areas of the […]

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Train and metro services halted in Algerian capital ahead of protests

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian authorities halted train and metro services in the capital Algiers on Friday amid heavy security ahead of expected protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Mass demonstrations now entering their third week have posed the biggest challenge to the ailing 82-year-old president, who has ruled for 20 years and is standing for re-election on April 18. Tens of […]

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Albanian opposition urges snap election as protesters rally outside parliament

TIRANA (Reuters) – Albania’s main opposition leader on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Edi Rama to call a snap election over allegations of corruption and vote fraud, as anti-government protesters rallied outside parliament. They burned portraits of Rama and threw firecrackers at the building, but the demonstration – the fourth against his administration since mid-February and timed to coincide with parliamentary […]

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Heavily armed foreigners arrested in Haiti sent to United States, officials say

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – A heavily armed group of foreign nationals, who were arrested in Haiti on Sunday after days of massive anti-government protests, were handed over to U.S. authorities on Wednesday, Haitian and U.S. authorities said. It was unclear if all the members of the group, which reportedly included five Americans, a Serb and a Russian, were flown to the […]

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Gonabadi Dervish protest leaves 5 dead in Tehran

More than 300 arrests made after five security forces killed in clashes in Tehran involving Sufi Muslims, reports say. At least five Iranian security forces were killed in separate car-ramming attacks and a stabbing, blamed on Sufi Muslim followers who had been protesting alleged religious repression by the government in Tehran. Three police officers were killed and several wounded in […]

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Myanmar police use rubber bullets, tear gas to break up ethnic minority protest

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon on Tuesday to disperse a protest over a statue of independence hero General Aung San that is opposed by members of the Karenni ethnic minority, police and a protest leader said. Organisers said at least 3,000 people had gathered on the Union Day holiday in Loikaw, the […]

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At fresh protests, Sudan police fire tear gas at demonstrators

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese police fired tear gas on Friday at hundreds of protesters in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, witnesses said, in the latest of more than a month of anti-government demonstrations. Demonstrators frustrated with a worsening economic crisis have been on the streets near-daily since Dec. 19 calling for an end to the 30-year rule of President […]

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Teen who taunted Native American man at march defends his actions

The MAGA hat-wearing teen who went viral over the weekend — after he was caught on camera smiling and staring down an elderly Native American war vet at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington — has come forward to defend his actions. “I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct […]

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