Protests and demonstrations

People stand by a closed metro station Friday Sept.13, 2019 in Paris. A massive strike is paralyzing Paris public transports on Friday as unions protest a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Paris public transport company RATP says 10 metro lines are closed and several others, including the RER suburban rail, are severely disrupted. (AP Photo/Bertrand Combaldieu)
September 13, 2019 - 4:54 am
PARIS (AP) — A massive strike paralyzed Paris public transports on Friday as unions protested a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Paris public transport company RATP said 10 metro lines were closed and several others, including the RER suburban rail, were...
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Demonstrators sing a theme song written by protestors "Glory to Hong Kong" at the Times Square shopping mall in Hong Kong, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Thousands of people belted out a new protest song at Hong Kong's shopping malls in an act of resistance that highlighted the creativity of demonstrators in their months-long fight for democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
September 12, 2019 - 10:40 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people belted out a new protest song at Hong Kong's shopping malls for a fourth straight night Thursday, the latest act of resistance highlighting the creativity of demonstrators in their months-long fight for democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese...
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Beza Alemu, left, from Ethiopia, along with other demonstrators, holds pictures of his brother Mulusew Alemu, who died in the plane crash, during a vigil on the six-month anniversary of the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8, killing 157 people, in Ethiopia on March 10, which has resulted in the grounding hundreds of the planes worldwide, outside of the Department of Transportation, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
September 10, 2019 - 9:42 pm
Families of the passengers who died in one of the Boeing 737 Max crashes lobbied Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Tuesday to slow what they consider a rush to let the plane fly again. Two of the relatives who took part in the two-hour meeting in Washington said Chao promised that the...
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Hong Kong soccer fans turn their back and boo the Chinese national anthem as they chant "Hong Kong is not China" during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 soccer match between Hong Kong and Iran, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong," a song reflecting their campaign for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 10, 2019 - 9:11 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm. The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong,"...
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Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, former Russian prisoner, attends his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. After five years of being locked up in a Russian prison Sentsov was one of the 35 freed Ukrainian prisoners. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
September 10, 2019 - 12:15 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A film director who was included in a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia spoke out Tuesday on behalf of suspected political detainees in Russia, promising to advocate for both fellow Ukrainians and Russians behind bars. Oleg Sentsov, 43, was freed after...
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In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 photo provided by the environment group Greenpeace activists of Greenpeace are seen in boats with anti-coal slogans, trying to block a cargo ship with coal from Mozambique to enter the port in Gdansk, Poland. Armed and masked Polish border guards boarded a Greenpeace ship and briefly detained 22 activists onboard. The ship's Spanish captain and an Austrian activist remain under detention. (Greenpeace via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 10:09 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Armed, masked Polish border guards boarded a Greenpeace tall ship as it was trying to block coal from being delivered to the port of Gdansk, arresting activists and seizing the vessel, the group said Tuesday. Greenpeace said its activists had been holding a "climate emergency...
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California Highway Patrol officers take into custody an opponent of recently passed legislation to tighten the rules on giving exemptions for vaccinations, after she cabled herself to the doors of the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. The state Assembly approved the companion bill, Monday, with changes demanded by Gov Gavin Newsom as a condition of signing the controversial vaccine bill SB276 which was passed by the Legislature last week.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 09, 2019 - 9:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bills Monday to crack down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children's vaccinations. The Democratic governor quietly acted less than an hour after lawmakers sent him changes he demanded as a condition of...
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Students wearing mask hold hands to surround St. Stephen's Girls' College in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged President Donald Trump to "liberate" the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 09, 2019 - 7:55 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend clashes between police and activists pushing for democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The silent protest came as the Hong Kong...
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A protester waves a U.S. flag in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urge President Donald Trump to “liberate” the semi-autonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. consulate, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 08, 2019 - 12:07 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged President Donald Trump to "liberate" the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after...
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Riot police check a passenger's bag at the airport express station in downtown Hong Kong, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Hong Kong authorities were limiting airport transport services and controlling access to terminals Saturday as they braced for a second weekend of disruption following overnight demonstrations that turned violent. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
September 07, 2019 - 12:08 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police thwarted another disruption at the airport by pro-democracy activists but had to battle protesters at subway stations on Saturday, as the months-long unrest showed no signs of abating even after the government offered a concession days earlier. Police mounted road...
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