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Riots rock South Africa's capital ahead of vote

Pretoria - Buses were torched and roads were barricaded with rocks and burning tyres in South Africa's capital Pretoria Tuesday in riots sparked by upcoming nationwide municipal elections.

Is Paris burning? Recurring violence dogs France's image

Paris - What with protesters and police clashing in Paris, football hooligans brawling at Euro 2016 matches and a deadly jihadist attack, France is hardly a picture-postcard destination these days.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protester tells court of police 'assault'

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong protester told Wednesday how he was kicked and punched during pro-democracy rallies in 2014 as seven police officers stood trial over the attack, which was captured on film and beamed around the world.

Haitians protest presidential election cancellation

Port-au-prince - Several hundred supporters of former President Michel Martelly's Haitian Tet Kale Party protested in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday after the results of last year's election were nixed.

Anti-Trump protesters attack supporters at California rally

San Jose - Protesters who oppose Donald Trump scuffled with his supporters Thursday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee held a rally in California, with fistfights erupting and one supporter hit with an egg.

Hong Kong police in court over 'beating' protester

Hong Kong - Seven Hong Kong police officers were in court Wednesday over the beating of a pro-democracy protester during mass rallies in 2014, an incident which was captured on film and beamed around the world.

At least 10 dead as Biafra anniversary turns bloody

Lagos - At least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra campaigners as they marked the anniversary of the start of Nigeria's civil war, police said on Tuesday.

Hong Kong democracy protester given five weeks for police assault

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was sentenced to five weeks in prison Monday after he was found guilty of assaulting and resisting officers during mass rallies in 2014 when he splashed liquid on police.

Demonstrators face off at Trump rally in California

San Diego - Thousands of pro- and anti-Donald Trump demonstrators faced off outside a rally for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in San Diego, with police out in force to head off violence.

S. Africa broadcaster bans screening of violent protests

Johanesburg - South Africa's public broadcaster said Friday it would stop screening violent protests involving the firebombing of public buildings -- a move condemned as censorship ahead of crucial elections.

Bricks in Hong Kong glued down to avoid protests

Fearing violent protests, authorities in Hong Kong have glued down bricks onto pavements in order to prevent the same activities that occurred during the New Year when officials from mainland China visited.

Pavement glued down in Hong Kong for China official visit

Hong Kong - Paving stones in central Hong Kong have been glued down to prevent protesters using them as missiles, as authorities roll out elaborate security measures ahead of a high-level Chinese visit that could stoke resentment over mainland rule.

XHamster porn site protests North Carolina anti-LGBT law

Porn site XHamster.com thinks North Carolina's anti-LGBT bathroom law is obscene, and they are taking action. As of Monday at 12:30 p.m. EDT, users in the state are seeing nothing more than a black screen, thanks to the state's lawmakers.

Lula to head Brazil anti-impeachment rallies

Bras - Brazil's controversial former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was to lead a rally Thursday against the impeachment of his successor, President Dilma Rousseff, as the political temperature rises.

Outrage in France after video shows police beating teen protester

Paris - A video of a police officer punching a teenager sparked fury in France on Friday, with high school pupils staging violent protests outside police stations in Paris.

Syrians use truce to resume Friday protests

Aleppo - For the first time in years, hundreds of Syrians nationwide took advantage of a nearly week-long ceasefire on Friday to resume anti-government protests under the slogan "The Revolution Continues!

Hong Kong 'Umbrella' leaders seek closer ties with Taiwan

Taipei - Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement said Sunday they would seek closer ties with Taiwan after the island elected a new president who pledged to stand up to China.

Taiwan 'Sunflower' activists turn lawmakers in vote victory

Taipei - Beijing not only has to contend with a new president in Taiwan who is wary of relations with China, but also a fresh batch of activists-turned-lawmakers from the island's boisterous Sunflower Movement.

Dutch protesters riot against refugee centre

Den Haag - Dutch police fired warning shots and arrested 14 demonstrators when a protest by hundreds of people against the opening of a refugee centre turned violent, leaving several injured, officials said Thursday.

Biafra idea cannot be destroyed: Nigeria's Soyinka

Lagos - Nigeria's Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka warned the government against any harsh crackdown on pro-Biafran activists in an interview broadcast Wednesday after an upsurge in separatist protests.

Hong Kong copyright debate delayed as protests threatened

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy legislators succeeded Wednesday in delaying a highly anticipated parliamentary debate over a new copyright bill in Hong Kong, which has been criticised as curbing freedom of speech.

HK student leader says China cash blinds UK to rights abuse

London - The promise of billions of dollars of trade deals with China has blinded Britain to rights abuses, leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits.

Hong Kong police, 'beaten' protester, all face charges

Hong Kong - Seven Hong Kong police officers were charged Thursday with assaulting a pro-democracy protester in a beating captured on video -- but the victim was also charged in the heavily criticised case.

Protesters gather in Hong Kong a year since mass rallies

Hong Kong - Yellow umbrellas and makeshift tents were back in central Hong Kong Monday as protesters gathered a year to the day since huge pro-democracy rallies brought parts of the city to a standstill.

Protesters gather in Hong Kong a year since mass rallies

Hong Kong - Yellow umbrellas and makeshift tents were back in central Hong Kong on Monday as protesters gathered a year to the day since huge pro-democracy rallies brought parts of the city to a standstill.

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong slammed police Thursday for what he called a "political prosecution" after he was charged over protests which led to last year's mass pro-democracy street rallies.

Honduras: Journalist given refuge in human rights commission

Tegucigalpa - A journalist in Honduras has been given refuge in the country's human rights commission because he claims the government is plotting his assassination for exposing a corruption scandal.

Russia checks combat readiness of troops in Armenia

Moscow - The Russian military ordered Tuesday a snap combat readiness check of its troops stationed in Armenia as the Caucasus country grapples with anti-government protests.

School children jailed for making fun of Islamic State

Four school children in Egypt are facing up to five years in jail, while a fifth child is on the run. A school teacher is also facing seven years in jail. The crime? Making fun of the Islamic State.

More than 100 arrested at New York police protests

New York - More than 100 people were arrested in New York at protests over alleged police brutality against African Americans, officials said Thursday.
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Hundreds of protesters outside of city hall clashing with Toronto police officers.  The peaceful pro...
Hundreds of protesters outside of city hall clashing with Toronto police officers. The peaceful protest became violent after activists wanted to enter city hall.
Man sticking the middle finger up at protesters.
Man sticking the middle finger up at protesters.
2 000 Occupy Toronto protesters marching the downtown streets.
2,000 Occupy Toronto protesters marching the downtown streets.
Police blocking protesters from walking on the road.
Police blocking protesters from walking on the road.
Police forcing protesters to move back at the Queen and Spadina rally.
Police forcing protesters to move back at the Queen and Spadina rally.
A lady in a wheelchair urging people to  stand up for your rights  leads the march.  Thousands were ...
A lady in a wheelchair urging people to "stand up for your rights" leads the march. Thousands were behind her walking the streets of downtown Toronto.
Spanish workers from Edesa  march behind a banner that reads  In Defense Of Our Jobs  during a prote...
Spanish workers from Edesa, march behind a banner that reads "In Defense Of Our Jobs" during a protest at the factory's closure in Basauri
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Athens, Greece this evening - Greece Debt Crisis
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File photo: Protesting in Tahiri Sq, Cairo, Egypt
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2 000 Occupy Toronto protesters marching the downtown streets.
2,000 Occupy Toronto protesters marching the downtown streets.
Michel de Souza  Brazilian photojournalist  caught images and video of the recent protests in Rio de...
Michel de Souza, Brazilian photojournalist, caught images and video of the recent protests in Rio de Janeiro in a unique and artistic way.
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Ron Paul Revolution
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Protests across Europe against unemployment, austerity measures
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Fast food workers attend a protest against McDonald's outside one of its restaurants in New York December 5, 2013
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Egypt: Rabaa al-Adawiya during dispersal of Morsi supporters
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