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Tear gas grenades kill 4 protesters in Baghdad: medics

Baghdad - Four protesters were killed by tear gas canisters in Baghdad on Thursday, medics told AFP, the latest deaths from what rights groups have slammed as a "gruesome" misuse of the weapon.

Chinese state media deletes Hong Kong curfew tweet

Bejing - Chinese state media deleted a tweet Thursday claiming Hong Kong's government was to announce a weekend curfew, after some of the worst violence in months of pro-democracy unrest.

Australian universities adopt foreign interference guidelines

Sydney - Australia announced measures to combat foreign interference at its universities Thursday, setting new guidelines around the key areas of research collaboration, cybersecurity, and international partnerships.

Cambodia PM orders release of opposition members jailed for 'coup' bid

Phnom Penh - Cambodian leader Hun Sen ordered the release Thursday of dozens of opponents and activists that authorities accused of helping his arch-rival plot a coup.

Schools closed as protests put chokehold on Hong Kong

Fpo - Hong Kong authorities ordered schools and universities closed Thursday as protesters challenging China's rule brought parts of the city to a near standstill by barricading roads and disrupting public transport links.

Clashes as acting Bolivia leader aims to end power vacuum

La Paz - Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez moved Wednesday to fill the power vacuum left by the resignation of Evo Morales, who said he was ready to return from exile in Mexico to "pacify" the country, as riot police clashed with his supporters and one w...

Iraq officials must 'step up' to enact reforms: UN envoy to AFP

Baghdad - Iraqi officials must ramp up their response to mass demonstrations demanding an overhaul of the political system, the UN representative in Baghdad told AFP in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

Bolivia's Morales says ready to return to 'pacify' country

Mexico - Bolivia's exiled ex-president Evo Morales said Wednesday he was ready to return to "pacify" his country amid weeks of unrest that led to his resignation.

Iraq officials must 'step up' to enact reforms: UN envoy to AFP

Baghdad - Iraqi officials must ramp up their response to mass demonstrations demanding an overhaul of the political system, the United Nations' representative in Baghdad told AFP in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

Ukrainian parliament launches 'historic' land sale reform

Kiev - Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday backed a key bill to create a land market and open up the sale of farmland from 2020, despite a feared public backlash.

Sexting scandal MP quits election as wife stands against him

London - A former British government minister who resigned after sending lewd messages to two women has withdrawn from next month's election after his estranged wife was chosen to replace him.

Iraq protests heat up as Baghdad faces renewed pressure

Baghdad - Anti-government rallies swelled in Iraq's capital and south Wednesday as Baghdad faced new pressure from the street, Washington and the United Nations to respond seriously to weeks of demonstrations.

Canada spy agencies split over proposed Huawei 5G ban: media

Ottawa - Canada's spy agencies are divided over whether or not to ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from fifth generation (5G) networks over security concerns, the Globe and Mail reported Wednesday.

EU changes title for migration commissioner after outcry

Apo - The incoming European Commission chief has changed the title of her migration commissioner from "Protecting our European Way of Life" following criticism it had far-right connotations, an EU official said Wednesday.

Lebanon protests flare after president shuns demands

Beirut - Lebanese protesters blocked main roads Wednesday, angered by what they saw as the president ignoring their demands in nearly a month of demonstrations, after a man was shot dead.

'Blossom everywhere': Hong Kong protesters evolve tactics

Fpo - From "be water" to "blossom everywhere", Hong Kong's black-clad pro-democracy protesters' tactics have evolved this week in their bid to overwhelm police by creating flashpoints in as many areas as possible.

Pressure builds as Trump impeachment probe hears new claims

Washington - Two top US diplomats delivered gripping testimony Wednesday about Donald Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden, as the impeachment inquiry into the president shifted into a new phase of high-stakes televised h...

New clashes in Chile as peso drops to historic low

Santiago - Violent protests broke out in Chile's capital Santiago on Tuesday as the country's currency dropped to a historic low after weeks of mass street demonstrations that have left the South American country in crisis.

Tokyo to vote for governor three weeks before Olympics

Apo - Tokyo will hold an election to pick a governor on July 5, 2020, less than three weeks before the Japanese capital hosts the Olympic Games, the city said Wednesday.

IEA says world needs 'laser-like focus' to bring down emissions

Paris - The world must do much more to slash emissions if it is to defuse the climate change time bomb and deliver sustainable energy for a growing population, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

'We're not dead': France's yellow vests seek second wind

Montabon - The only traces of the six-month battle waged at the Montabon roundabout in northwest France are the French flag, a luminous yellow vest hoisted on a pole high above the ground, and a few empty food cans rusting in the mud.

Five takeaways from a year of French yellow vest protests

Paris - France's yellow vest protesters have had a profound effect on the country since they burst onto the scene a year ago, occupying roundabouts and staging weekly demonstrations that have sometimes ended in violence.

Man shot dead as Lebanese army disperse protesters

Beirut - A man was shot dead south of Beirut after the army opened fire to disperse protesters blocking roads, Lebanese state media said Wednesday, nearly a month into an unprecedented anti-graft street movement.

Angolan opposition chief hopes for election success as he steps down

Luanda - Angola's opposition chief steps down this week after leading the party for 16 years, contending that the former rebel movement is on track to winning power.

From Trotsky to Morales, Mexico's asylum tradition

Mexico - From Leon Trotsky to Luis Bunuel to Salvador Allende's widow, Mexico has a long tradition of offering asylum to political exiles -- right down to newly arrived Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales.

Chaos in Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests 'blossom everywhere'

Fpo - Pro-democracy protesters Wednesday stepped up a "blossom everywhere" campaign of road blocks and vandalism across Hong Kong that has crippled the international financial hub this week and ignited some of the worst violence in five months of unrest.

Evo Morales's topsy turvy flight into exile

Mexico - Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales jetted off to exile in Mexico Tuesday in a bizarre flight full of detours that traced the shifting political map of a Latin America racked by crises.

Bolivia's election turmoil: a timeline

La Paz - Following the dramatic resignation of president Evo Morales, now in Mexico where he has been granted political asylum, here is a recap of turmoil in Bolivia, stemming from a disputed October 20 election.

Lebanese banks, schools shut as protesters push on

Beirut - Banks and schools in Lebanon were closed on Tuesday as protesters tried to prevent employees from clocking in at state institutions, nearly a month into an anti-graft street movement.

Bolivia's Morales arrives in Mexico vowing, 'the struggle continues'

Mexico - Bolivia's ex-president Evo Morales arrived in Mexico Tuesday to take up political asylum, vowing "the struggle continues," two days after resigning amid mounting protests over his fraud-stained re-election to a fourth term.
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