Protests and demonstrations

In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 photo, members of a theater troupe raise their hands to symbolize the five demands of pro-democracy protesters after a performance of Les Miserables in at an outdoor event space in Hong Kong. A Hong Kong theater troupe is making audiences weep by touring a stirring production of 'Les Miserables.' Based on Victor Hugo's tale of rebellion in 19th-century France, the rousing music and lyrics of struggle and resistance struck chords with audience members emotionally and physically drained after six months of protests that have convulsed the city. (AP Photo/John Leicester)
December 11, 2019 - 2:33 am
HONG KONG (AP) — For Hong Kong spectators mentally and physically drained from six months of pro-democracy protests that have convulsed the city, a rousing performance of “Les Miserables” proved almost too much to bear. Audience members wept, dabbing their eyes with handkerchiefs, big tears rolling...
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In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 photo, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. Leaders of Iraq's Christians unanimously cancelled Christmas-related celebrations in solidarity with the protest movement - but the aims of their stance go deeper than tinsel and fairy lights. In the slogans calling for a united Iraq, Christians see hope for much needed change from a sectarian system that has long marginalized them. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
December 11, 2019 - 1:08 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Christmas tree in the middle of a central Baghdad plaza occupied by anti-government protesters is bare, save for portraits of those killed under fire from security forces. A tribute, the demonstrators explained, to a recent decision by Iraq's Christians to call off seasonal...
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Several thousands demonstrators gather to demand the resignation of Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, at the Wenceslas square in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Babis faces legations that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, though he denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
December 10, 2019 - 1:57 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Czechs returned to the streets of Prague on Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. The protest at the central Wenceslas Square and a march followed two huge rallies earlier this year when a quarter of a million people demanded that Babis step down...
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Protesters march during a demonstration Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Paris. French airport employees, teachers and other workers joined nationwide strikes Tuesday as unions cranked up pressure on the government to scrap upcoming changes to the country's national retirement system. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
December 10, 2019 - 1:12 pm
PARIS (AP) — Cranking up the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities on Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap changes to the national retirement system. As a crippling...
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In this Nov. 8, 2019 photo, a lock is seen on the entrance gate of grand Jamia Masjid, the main mosque in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. The centuries-old Jamia Masjid in Srinagar city, apart from hosting the largest Muslim gatherings in disputed Kashmir, is also one of the nerve centers of anti-India protests. Thousands of people congregate here for prayers and Friday sermons at the mosque mainly revolve around the Kashmir conflict. But more than three months have passed and mosque gates continue to remain locked. Following India’s unilateral decision to strip the disputed region’s semiautonomous status in early August, authorities have not allowed any prayers at the mosque as part of their ongoing security clampdown. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
December 10, 2019 - 4:39 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For years Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God. Not anymore. For nearly four months now, the voice that would call...
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Climate activist Greta Thunberg, centre, stands with other young activists at the COP25 Climate summit in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Thunberg is in Madrid where a global U.N. sponsored climate change conference is taking place. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
December 09, 2019 - 2:34 pm
MADRID (AP) — With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way. “Our stories have been told over and over again,” Thunberg said, explaining why she and prominent German activist Luisa...
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Anti-government protesters clash with police in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. According to the Medical College of Chile at least 230 people have lost sight after being shot in an eye in the last month while participating in the demonstrations over inequality and better social services. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
December 09, 2019 - 1:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Latin America has significantly reduced poverty over the last two decades. So why is there generalized discontent, prompting thousands of protesters to take to the streets? A report from the U.N. Development Programme released Monday concluded it's due to a new kind of inequality,...
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Trains park at the Hendaye train station, southwestern France, Sunday Dec.8, 2019 on the fourth day of nationwide strikes that disrupted weekend travel around France. France's prime minister is holding special meetings Sunday about the government's divisive redesign of the national retirement system, amid warnings that strike-related transport troubles will get even worse in the coming days. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 08, 2019 - 3:01 pm
PARIS (AP) — France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead. Sunday...
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Activists sing the national anthem during a rally in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A few thousand activists demanded to withdraw the Russian troops from currently occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine's east on the eve of Monday peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. ( AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
December 08, 2019 - 10:26 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr...
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Protesters attend a procession in downtown Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A rally was held to protest closer integration with Russia which protesters fear could erode the post-Soviet independence of Belarus, a nation of 10 million. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
December 08, 2019 - 10:12 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several hundred protesters have braved the repressive climate in Belarus to hold a demonstration against deepening the country's ties with Russia. The Sunday protest by about 500 people in the capital of Minsk was the second consecutive day of protest in a country that usually...
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