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Deserted, boarded up, fenced off: Washington is barely recognizable

Washington - Walking through central Washington, it is difficult to distinguish between those buildings boarded up due to pandemic closures, and those boarded up due to riots.

Often-lectured Africa sees irony in US political violence

Abidjan - As they watched a violent mob smash into the US Capitol, some in Africa could not help but see a little irony in the chaos incited by President Donald Trump, who once famously called African nations "shitholes".

Right-wing media offers sympathy and excuses for Congress mob

New York - American conservative media has played down the gravity of the storming of the US Capitol by a mob supporting outgoing President Donald Trump, citing anger at the establishment and accusing the hard left -- without proof -- of having infiltrated the cr...

Fear, tension grip Ivory Coast town after disputed vote

Toumodi - Shifting through the charred remains of his home, Jacob Yahot can only talk about fear after he saw houses and shops torched in election riots.

Guns and trucks at Oregon protest to defend Trump's America

Oregon City - Hundreds of Donald Trump's supporters gathered for a large motorcade in support of the US president and police near Portland, where anti-racism activists have clashed continuously with law enforcement for more than 100 days.

Anti-racism protests in Portland will carry on: professor

Portland - The anti-racism protests that have taken place in Portland almost daily since May have become a hot issue in the US presidential race and will probably continue for some time, says University of Oregon political scientist Joe Lowndes.

US on brink as vigilantes, guns and hate stoke fears ahead of election

Washington - Shootings that left three dead at protests against police brutality have stoked fears of rising violence as a deeply divided US heads into elections amid economic collapse, a deadly pandemic and the worst social upheaval since the 1960s.

Malian opposition calls off high-risk protest

Bamako - The Malian opposition alliance that demands President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita step down has called off a high-risk protest, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Four suspects face charges in Dijon ethnic unrest

Dijon - Prosecutors said Saturday they would charge four men in connection with violence blamed on Chechens in the eastern French city of Dijon, as local people marched calling for the resignation of the top local official.

France vows to halt Dijon unrest over Chechen score-settling

Dijon - The French government on Tuesday vowed to bring an end to violence in the usually placid eastern city of Dijon after it was hit by a fourth night of unrest linked to score-settling by members of the Chechen community.

Anger in France after new unrest over Chechen score-settling

Dijon - Political leaders in France on Tuesday expressed outrage after the usually placid eastern city of Dijon was hit by another night of unrest linked to score-settling by members of the Chechen community.

Please bring supplies: How US protests are coordinated online

Washington - Dinanda Pramesti, a 26-year-old communications worker, dropped off bags of food and supplies for protestors at a demonstration in Washington this week, heeding an urgent call made through a social media group.

Hundreds wounded in weekend of Lebanon clashes

Beirut - Lebanese anti-riot police dispersed stone-throwing protesters with tear gas in Lebanon's capital on Sunday, as heavy rain capped a weekend of rare violence that wounded hundreds.

Protesters in US rally against prospect of war with Iran

Washington - Demonstrators chanting "no war on Iran" rallied Saturday in Washington, New York and across the US to protest the assassination of a top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike.

Paralysis in Iraq as protesters harden position

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters stepped up their demonstrations Tuesday with the authorities in Baghdad increasingly paralysed as they seek a way out of a political impasse.

Iraq deadline to appoint PM looms, protesters unyielding

Baghdad - Iraqi political leaders faced a midnight deadline Thursday to choose a new prime minister to run a country shaken by months of unprecedented street protests that have left hundreds dead.

No consensus yet on new Iraqi PM as deadline looms

Baghdad - Iraqi political parties struggled to reach a consensus on a new prime minister Monday amid unprecedented protests as the deadline for a parliamentary vote loomed.

Lebanese protesters clash with police for a second night

Beirut - Lebanese protesters clashed with police Sunday for the second consecutive night near parliament on the eve of much-delayed consultations to form a new cabinet needed to fix a deepening economic crisis.

Lebanon interior minister orders probe after protest violence

Beirut - Lebanon's Interior Minister Raya El-Hassan on Sunday ordered the country's security forces to open a "rapid and transparent" enquiry, after dozens of people in Beirut were wounded in clashes the night before.

Iraq begins national mourning for protest dead

Baghdad - Iraq began three days of national mourning Thursday for more than 100 people killed during recent protests, while the government was expected to present a reshuffle to parliament in response to the political crisis.

Court hearing for Bloody Sunday ex-soldier murder trial

Londonderry - A former British soldier charged with murdering two civilians in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings faces an initial court hearing on Wednesday.

Nigeria hardens rhetoric over anti-immigrant violence in S. Africa

Lagos - Nigeria intensified hostility with regional rival South Africa this week, in a harsh response to a recent wave of anti-migrant violence, with Africa’s most populous country asserting its leadership on the continent.

S.Africa, Nigeria beef up security after xenophobic attacks

Johanesburg - South Africa and Nigeria stepped up security on Wednesday after deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg triggered reprisals against South African businesses in Nigerian cities.

S.Africa, Nigeria beef up security after xenophobic attacks

Johanesburg - South Africa and Nigeria stepped security on Wednesday after deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg triggered reprisal assaults on South African businesses in Nigerian cities.

Rival groups and strategies overshadow jihadist conflict in Nigeria

Kano - Two attacks less than 24 hours apart in northeastern Nigeria this week have laid bare the deadly but divergent strategies of Boko Haram and a rival jihadist group, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).

Sudanese in suits and ties rally against Bashir's economic blunders

Khartoum - In unprecedented scenes in Khartoum, hundreds of workers in suits and ties alongside their neatly dressed women colleagues have gone on strike to protest what they call Sudan's "total economic collapse".

Death toll from Somali bombing rises to 20

Mugadishu - The death toll from a double car-bomb attack near the presidential palace in Somalia rose to 20 on Sunday, police said.

Libya re-opens main border post with Tunisia

Tripoli - Libya has reopened its main border post with Tunisia after closing it for more than six weeks amid tensions over smuggling, Tripoli's interior ministry said on Saturday. The border at Ras Jedir was re-opened to "facilitate...

Army's role under the spotlight in Nicaragua

Managua - The presence of armed and hooded paramilitaries on the streets of Nicaragua has sparked calls for the army to intervene to end two months of unrest that has killed more than 200 people.

Bill Clinton hails 'genius' of N.Ireland peace deal 20 years on

Belfast - Former US president Bill Clinton on Tuesday celebrated the "genius" of the Northern Ireland peace deal 20 years ago, as he joined key political figures in Belfast to mark the anniversary of the historic accord.
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