Political and civil unrest

FILE - In this June 1, 2020 file photo, police detain protesters in the aftermath of a march calling for justice over the death of George Floyd on Interstate 676 in Philadelphia. An independent review of Philadelphia’s police response to days of widespread protests over police brutality after the May killing of George Floyd found failures in planning that led to short staffing, emotional responses from police officers and sometimes excessive uses of force. The 110-page report released Wednesday, Dec. 23, was commissioned by Mayor Jim Kenney as an independent review of operations during the protests. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
December 24, 2020 - 12:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An independent review of Philadelphia's police response to days of widespread protests after the May killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police found failures in planning that led to short staffing, emotional responses from officers and sometimes excessive uses of force. The...
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December 23, 2020 - 8:06 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow judge on Wednesday convicted a local opposition politician of multiple protest violations and imposed a two-year suspended sentence in a case seen by many as politically motivated. Yulia Galyamina, 47, was found guilty of repeatedly violating Russia's strict protest...
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December 23, 2020 - 3:40 am
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova’s pro-Russian prime minister has resigned to, as he put it, pave the way for an early parliamentary election and “bring normalcy” to the tiny former Soviet state. Prime Minister Ion Chicu, who led a pro-Russian government since November 2019, tendered his...
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Opposition demonstrators react while listening to a speaker during a rally to pressure Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign over a peace deal with neighboring Azerbaijan in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Opposition supporters in Armenia on Tuesday ramped up the pressure on the prime minister to resign over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, setting up a protest tent camp on the capital's main square.(Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP)
December 22, 2020 - 10:10 am
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Opposition supporters in Armenia on Tuesday ramped up pressure on the prime minister to resign over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, setting up a protest tent camp on the capital's main square. Opposition politicians and their supporters have...
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Pro-democracy protest fund-raiser Inthira Charoenpura speaks from a makeshift stage outside Bang Khen Metropolitan Police Station, Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Several leaders of protest movement report to the police station to answer the charges of defaming the Thai monarchy, the most serious of many offenses of which they stand accused during recent pro-democracy rallies. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
December 21, 2020 - 12:20 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A well-known actress who is one of the most high-profile supporters of Thailand’s pro-democracy protest movement answered a police summons Monday charging her with violating the country’s harsh law against defaming the monarchy, even though she is not known to have spoken publicly...
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December 20, 2020 - 8:31 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Around 100 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday during the anti-government protests that were prompted by the reelection of the country’s authoritarian leader and continued for over four months. Crowds of people have taken part in dozens of small rallies...
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December 19, 2020 - 12:32 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Boston police and prosecutors are investigating after body camera footage surfaced that shows officers pushing protesters, pepper-spraying crowds and one officer talking about hitting protesters with a police vehicle. A sergeant has been placed on administrative leave after the leak...
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FILE — In this June 1, 2020 file photo, New York City Police officers arrest a man during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The New York Police Department was caught off guard by the size and scope of the spring protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and resorted to disorder control tactics that stoked tensions and stifled free speech rights, the city's inspector general said in a report released Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
December 18, 2020 - 12:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department was caught off guard by the size of the spring protests after the killing of George Floyd and resorted to aggressive disorder control methods that stoked tensions and stifled free speech, the city's inspector general said in a report released Friday...
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A woman picks through garbage in Kasserine, Tunisia, on Friday Dec. 11, 2020. Hundreds of desperate Tunisians have set themselves on fire over the past 10 years to protest police harassment, poverty or the lack of opportunity in the country. They are following the example of 26-year-old fruit seller Mohammed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation in 2010 led to the downfall of Tunisia’s dictator of 23 years (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)
December 17, 2020 - 5:22 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia on Thursday marked 10 years since a local fruit and vegetable seller set himself ablaze in protest after police took his cart, an act that enraged the country and snowballed into the revolution that toppled the North African nation's autocratic leader months later and...
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Hosni Kalaia, 49, looks down in his house in Kasserine, Tunisia, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. He's among those Tunisians who followed the example of Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old fruit seller who set himself ablaze on Dec. 17, 2010, to protest police harassment. Kalaia spent three years in a hospital and then a private clinic recovering from his burns. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)
December 16, 2020 - 11:15 pm
KASSERINE, Tunisia (AP) — In his old life, Hosni Kalaia remembers strolling the streets of his hometown of Kasserine in central Tunisia with confidence. He flashed his heavy gold bracelets and rings, and puffed out his chest, broad and sculptured from regular workouts. Today, Kalaia hides his face...
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