Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle pro-democracy protesters

Asia & Pacific 11/18/19, 14:30

Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday, Nov. 19, local time, in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In yet another escalation for the movement, protests raged across parts of the ...

Israel’s Gaza blockade under scrutiny after latest violence

World 05/06/19, 14:36

For 12 years, Israel has maintained a blockade over the Gaza Strip, seeking to weaken the territory's militant Hamas rulers. And for 12 years, Hamas has remained firmly in power, developing a thriving homegrown weapons industry along the way.This weekend's violence, the worst in a string of flare-ups since a ...

Gaza quiet after Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire

World 05/06/19, 13:06

The Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in the south on Monday, while Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group reported a cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war.The escalation had killed 25 on the Gaza side, both militants and ...

London climate protesters say they will end their blockades

Europe 04/24/19, 11:31

Climate change protesters who have brought parts of central London to a standstill for days say they will lift their blockades.The group Extinction Rebellion says it will end its remaining demonstrations at Marble Arch and Parliament Square on Thursday.Last week, the protesters blocked Waterloo Bridge and major intersections including Marble ...

London climate-change protesters vow to continue blockades

Europe 04/18/19, 09:43

Protesters who have blocked London roads and bridges for more than three days say they will escalate their civil disobedience campaign if the British government doesn't step up action against climate change.Hundreds of demonstrators have blocked sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble ...

Despite setbacks, Hamas’ grip on Gaza has never been tighter

World 04/01/19, 01:15

Over the weekend, Gaza's Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants' increasingly unpopular rule.And yet Hamas' control over Gaza is tighter than ever.The ...

Hamas has developed a vast arsenal in blockaded Gaza

Asia & Pacific 03/25/19, 12:36

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday was one of the most powerful launched ever by Gaza militants, flying nearly 120 kilometers (70 miles) before it slammed into a house in central Israel, wounding seven people.Over more than a decade, the Islamic militant Hamas group has built up ...

Italy: Driver abducts schoolchildren, sets bus ablaze

World 03/20/19, 11:03

A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their chaperones Wednesday, ordering the children's hands to be bound and threatening them with death during the drive, before setting the vehicle on fire when he was stopped by a Carabinieri blockade.Officers broke the glass in the back door of ...

Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

Politics 03/01/19, 05:22

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that "China does not pose a threat" of closing the disputed sea lanes. Pompeo assured the Philippines during a visit to Manila that ...

Opioid crisis engulfs blockaded Gaza Strip

Health 02/26/19, 02:46

An opioid crisis has quietly spread in the Gaza Strip, trapping thousands in the hell of addiction and adding another layer of misery to the blockaded and impoverished coastal territory.The scourge can be traced to the mass import of cheap opioid-based Tramadol pain pills through smuggling tunnels under Gaza's border ...

Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival

World 01/30/19, 11:28

A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory.But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances ...

Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza

Asia & Pacific 01/27/19, 05:57

In a small studio packed with sculptures made of scrap metal, Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid has found a new medium in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.It's an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the outside world since ...

France: 6th ‘yellow vest’ protester dies in road accident

Europe 12/13/18, 08:41

French authorities say a sixth "yellow vest" protester has been killed after being hit by a truck at a road blockade near the southern city of Avignon.Officials in the Vaucluse department said Thursday the driver was arrested and taken into custody after he tried to flee from the scene.A demonstrator ...

For Palestinian children in Gaza, an education in conflict

World 12/09/18, 01:19

When Mazen al-Dalo took two of his young sons to see the Palestinian protests against Israel's decade-old blockade of Gaza, he knew it could be dangerous.Rock-throwing demonstrators were being shot by Israeli soldiers, and armored Israeli jeeps were firing endless volleys of tear gas into the crowds.But it was important ...

To the barricades: why a nursery aide joins French protests

Europe 12/07/18, 08:18

With a yellow safety vest tied to her backpack, Mathilde Pouzet set out for Paris on Nov. 17 for her first protest with a grassroots movement that is now shaking France. She returned for the next two, braving tear gas and dodging violence. Three weeks later, she was blockading a ...

Ukraine accuses Russia of blockading Kerch Strait

Europe 12/07/18, 07:44

Ukraine is accusing Russia of keeping up the blockade of the Kerch Strait that links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.The Ukrainian Border Guard Service said Friday that more than 140 ships were stuck on both sides of the strait due to excessive checks and delays on the ...

Migrants march toward US border in show of force

U.S. 11/25/18, 15:17

Several hundred Central American migrants on Sunday pushed past a blockade of Mexican police standing guard near the international border crossing between Tijuana and California to pressure the U.S to hear their asylum claims.The migrants carried hand-painted American and Honduran flags and chanted: "We are not criminals! We are international ...

5,000 French protesters angry over fuel taxes clash with police

Europe 11/24/18, 10:44

French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and staged road blockades across the nation to vent anger against rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain the demonstrations, including a ...

French protesters angry over fuel taxes clash with police

Europe 11/24/18, 09:32

French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and staged road blockades across the nation to vent anger against rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidency.Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain the demonstrations, including a ...

Update: French minister blames far right over clashes

Europe 11/24/18, 08:40

The Latest on protests in France (all times local): 2:35 p.m. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has accused the far right of encouraging acts of violence and clashes with police in Paris. Marine Le Pen, the head of the National Assembly party, called on protesters to head to the Champs-Elysees earlier this week ...

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