Protests and demonstrations

In this photo taken on Aug. 10, 2019, Vyacheslav Abanichev and Alisa Abanicheva, parents of Sergei Abanichev charged with rioting connected to an opposition rally, hold a poster saying "Free My Son" with the names of all those arrested as they attend an opposition rally in Moscow, Russia. Fourteen Russians have been slapped with charges of rioting stemming from an opposition protest in July in Moscow in a criminal inquiry largely seen as a Kremlin intimidation tactic. (Daria Zelenaya/Novaya gazeta via AP)
September 03, 2019 - 8:53 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators said Tuesday they have dropped charges against five protesters who were arrested and charged with rioting connected to recent anti-government rallies. Separately, two protesters who accepted a plea bargain were given jail sentences in an expedited trial. The...
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Students wear protective gear during a protest in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Hong Kong has been the scene of tense anti-government protests for nearly three months. The demonstrations began in response to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include other grievances and demands for democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 02, 2019 - 7:50 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Clad in gas masks along with their formal white school uniforms, tens of thousands of students in Hong Kong boycotted the first day of classes Monday as part of a citywide strike following a violent weekend of demonstrations. High school students added gas masks, goggles and hard...
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Pro-democracy protestors gather outside the airport in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. The operator of the express train to Hong Kong's airport has suspended service as pro-democracy protesters gathered there following a day of violent clashes with police. Protesters gathered at the airport after online calls to disrupt travel. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 01, 2019 - 8:37 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked roads near Hong Kong's airport with burning barricades and damaged a train station Sunday after a night of violent clashes with police. Train and some bus service to the airport on the outlying island of Chek Lap Kok were suspended. Some...
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Anti Brexit protesters from 'Stop the Coup' movement demonstrate outside Downing Street in London, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Political opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament is crystalizing, with protests around Britain and a petition to block the move gaining more than 1 million signatures. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
August 31, 2019 - 1:05 pm
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's provocative decision to suspend the British Parliament for a time before the country's deadline for leaving the European Union came under fire Saturday in London and other cities where protesters took to the streets. The demonstrations were called ahead...
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People attend a protest march in Moscow, Russia, the statue of famous Russian poet Alexander Griboyedov in the background, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Hundreds of people are holding an unauthorized protest march in central Moscow, following recent demonstrations in which thousands were detained and many beaten by police. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
August 31, 2019 - 12:54 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people marched across central Moscow on Saturday to protest the exclusion of some city council candidates from the Russian capital's local election, but did not result in riot police making mass arrests and giving beatings like at earlier demonstrations. Opposition-led...
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Exploded tear gas shells, thrown back by protestors, stand in flames by a police barricade in central Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. The mostly young, black-shirted protesters took over roads and major intersections in shopping districts as they rallied and marched. Police erected additional barriers and brought out two water cannon trucks near the Chinese government office and deployed at various locations in riot gear. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
August 31, 2019 - 8:21 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A large fire blazed across a main street in Hong Kong on Saturday night, as protesters made a wall out of barricades and set it afire. Hundreds of protesters gathered behind the fire, many pointing laser beams that streaked the night sky above them. Earlier, the protesters threw...
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August 30, 2019 - 3:14 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — An Aug. 29 Associated Press story about the decision to exclude about a dozen independent candidates from running for the city legislature in Moscow lacked some details from the head of Russia's election commission, Ella Pamfilova, about why the candidates were excluded. She said that...
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This photo released by the opposition Syrian Civil Defense rescue group, also known as White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a civil defense worker inspecting destroyed buildings after airstrikes hit the town of Jarjnas, in Idlib province, Syria. Syrian opposition activists said government warplanes have struck towns and villages in the northwestern province of Idlib including one near a Turkish observation post. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
August 30, 2019 - 2:36 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces will soon begin a unilateral cease-fire in northwestern Idlib province, Russia's military said Friday, as hundreds of protesters were met with tear gas marching toward a border crossing with Turkey demanding that Ankara either open the border for refugees or...
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In this June 21, 2019, photo, pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow, left, and Joshua Wong march to police headquarters in Hong Kong. Demosisto, a pro-democracy group in Hong Kong posted on its social media accounts that well-known activist Joshua Wong had been pushed into a private car around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 and was taken to police headquarters. It later said another member, Agnes Chow, had been arrested as well. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 30, 2019 - 12:00 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Police have appealed to Hong Kong residents to stay away from any non-authorized rallies on Saturday after authorities banned a major march, warning that those caught could face a five-year jail term. The police...
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Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, left, and Agnes Chow, are escorted in a police van at a district court in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Hong Kong police arrested well-known activist Wong and Chow, another core member of a pro-democracy group, Friday, and authorities denied permission for a major march in what appears to a harder line on this summer's protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 30, 2019 - 6:24 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail Friday after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities denied permission for a major march in what appears to be a harder line on this summer's...
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