Political and civil unrest

In this photo released by the official website of the Office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Rouhani says Tehran hasn't closed the window on talks with the U.S. but reiterated his government's standing condition that the Trump administration lift sanctions imposed on Iran before any negotiations can take place. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 3:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region. John Rood, defense undersecretary...
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Riot police officers secure an area during a demonstration in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Small groups of protesters are smashing store windows, setting fires and hurling flares in eastern Paris amid mass strikes over the government's retirement reform. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
December 05, 2019 - 1:59 pm
PARIS (AP) — Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains came to a standstill and hundreds of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. At least 90 people were arrested...
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December 05, 2019 - 9:12 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters say at least 15 people have suffered stab wounds in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of their movement, after political parties and Iran-backed militia groups briefly joined them, raising fears of infiltration by authorities. Lawmakers convened a...
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A BP oil refinery is at work in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2019. The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 takes place in Madrid until Dec. 13, 2019 under the Presidency of the Government of Chile with logistical support from the Government of Spain. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 04, 2019 - 2:07 pm
MADRID (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change. The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)
December 04, 2019 - 1:19 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday praised the tough U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying the financial pressure has sparked protests against Tehran’s influence across the region and urging even stronger action. Speaking alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their...
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December 04, 2019 - 11:17 am
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said officers inside one of its Louisiana jails pepper-sprayed migrants to end their protest over prolonged detention. Spokesman Bryan Cox said Wednesday that “a brief, calculated use of pepper spray was employed” during a Tuesday protest at...
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In this photo taken Saturday Nov. 30, 2019, Gilles Pierre, left, a metro driver for the Paris public transport company RATP, and Vincent Le Faucheur, 23, a train traffic controller for the national railway company SNCF pose at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris. France is getting ready for massive, nationwide transport strikes Thursday, disrupting trains, buses and airlines, protesting against government plans to overhaul the state pension system. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 04, 2019 - 8:25 am
PARIS (AP) — Amid the crowds demonstrating in Paris against a planned overhaul of the pension system, a nephew and his uncle will be marching side by side on the front row, a symbol of how anger at the changes is spanning generations. Vincent Le Faucheur, 23, and Gilles Pierre, 41, both work for...
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Protesters lie on a road, as they scream and hold each others while riot police try to remove them and open the road, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Protesters have been holding demonstrations since Oct. 17 demanding an end to widespread corruption and mismanagement by the political class that has ruled the country for three decades. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
December 03, 2019 - 7:26 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a prominent contractor to become the next premier, a move that will likely pave the way for the formation of a new Cabinet amid a severe economic and financial crisis. The news of the possible...
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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with Omani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi at the start of their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 (Office of the Iranian Presidency via AP)
December 03, 2019 - 10:52 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of gasoline, the deadliest unrest to hit the country since the turmoil of the...
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President Donald and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Air Force One for a trip to London to attend the NATO summit, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
December 03, 2019 - 10:25 am
LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he supports the demonstrations in Iran and urged the world to watch the Iranian government's violent effort to quash protests that he says have killed “thousands of people.” Speaking in London, where he is attending the NATO leaders summit,...
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