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Police abandon posts outside Bolivia’s presidential palace

LA PAZ, Bolivia: Police guards outside Bolivia’s presidential palace abandoned their posts Saturday, increasing pressure on President Evo Morales as he seeks to curb nationwide unrest after a disputed election.   Officers also climbed onto the roof of a nearby police station holding Bolivian flags and signs proclaiming “The Police with the People.” Police retreated… Continua a leggere

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Iraqis struggle to maintain sit-ins as Amnesty calls for urgent end to ‘bloodbath’

BAGHDAD: Iraqi protesters clashed with security forces in Baghdad on Sunday, following a deadly crackdown that Amnesty International warned could turn into a “bloodbath.” Demonstrators across the south fought to maintain anti-government sit-ins, as security forces fired tear gas to try to keep them at bay. Mass rallies calling for an overhaul of the ruling… Continua a leggere

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Hong Kong police watchdog unequipped to probe protest response: experts

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s police watchdog is currently unequipped to investigate the force’s handling of months of pro-democracy protests, a panel of international experts appointed by the city’s own government has found. The international finance hub has been upended by five months of huge and increasingly violent rallies, but Beijing has refused to give in… Continua a leggere

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Iran begins pouring concrete for second nuclear power reactor

BUSHEHR, Iran: Iran began pouring concrete Sunday for a second nuclear reactor at its Bushehr power plant, a facility Tehran points to as its reason to break the enrichment limit set by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. While celebrating the start of construction, the politics of the moment weren’t lost on Iranian… Continua a leggere

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Blast in Iraq injures five Italian soldiers -army

ROME: An explosion in Iraq has injured five Italian soldiers, three of them seriously, the Italian military said on Sunday. The military said an improvised explosive devise detonated as a team of Italian special forces passed close by. The wounded men were evacuated to safety by US helicopters and none of them are believed to… Continua a leggere

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Five killed in Baghdad, three in Karbala during Iran consulate protest

KARBALA, Iraq: Three protesters were shot dead overnight during a demonstration outside the Iranian consulate in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala, the head of the forensics department there told AFP on Monday.   Another five were killed on Monday in Baghdad when security forces opened fire on demonstrators. Overnight, security forces in Karbala fired live… Continua a leggere

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Downtown Hong Kong becomes battleground as night falls

Hong Kong police fired tear gas into a park to break up thousands of anti-government protesters who fled to the Central business district, setting fire to street barricades and metro stations in some of the worst violence in months of unrest.   Central, its streets lined with banks and top-end jewelry and fashion stores, became… Continua a leggere

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Bolivia election audit chief makes surprise resignation

The head of an international body auditing Bolivia’s disputed election results resigned unexpectedly on Friday, casting further uncertainty over a vote that sparked deadly riots and delivered President Evo Morales a fourth term. The chief of the technical mission from the Organization of American States (OAS), Mexican Arturo Espinosa, announced he is stepping down from… Continua a leggere

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Armenian genocide vote: A stinging blow to Turkish denialism

October 29, 2019, has become another significant date in the history of Armenians worldwide after the US House of Representatives recognized the systematic killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 onwards in modern-day Turkey as a “genocide”.   The House voted 405-11 on that day, the first time a chamber of the US… Continua a leggere

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Tehran fury as Iraq’s Shiite leadership rejects Iranian ‘interference’

The mass demonstrations in Iraq have heightened tensions between Najaf’s supreme religious authority, led by Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Al-Sistani, and Iran’s supreme religious leader Ali Khamenei, sources close to Sistani told Arab News on Saturday. Baghdad and nine southern Shiite-dominated provinces have been witnessing mass demonstrations since Oct. 1 as people protest over corruption,… Continua a leggere

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Iraq protesters defy Baghdad curfew as violence rocks Shiite holy city

Protesters remained camped out in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Tuesday after authorities failed to enforce an overnight curfew as deadly violence erupted further south, AFP correspondents reported. At least one person was killed in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Karbala late on Monday, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said. An AFP correspondent reported live rounds were fired… Continua a leggere

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