Political and civil unrest

Opposition leader Merara Gudina, centre, walks with his supporters after his release, in Burayu, Ethiopia, Wednesday, Jan. 17 2018. Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all" after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was arrested a year ago under the country's state of emergency after he returned from Europe, where he had briefed European lawmakers on widespread and sometimes deadly anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret)
January 17, 2018 - 2:39 pm
BURAYU, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all" after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century...
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An activist of the "ZAD" movement (Zone to Defend) sprays champagne while celebrating with others after French PM announced the government's official decision to abandon the airport project, in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, outside the city of Nantes, western France, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says that the government has decided against building an airport in western France that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests and he told protesters occupying the site that they must leave. (AP Photo/Mathieu Pattier)
January 17, 2018 - 11:52 am
PARIS (AP) — France will abandon plans to build a new airport in the west, the prime minister announced Wednesday, ordering the activists who have been protesting the project for nearly a decade to leave their makeshift settlement and unblock nearby roads. Despite their long-sought political...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, image made from video, a man recovers from a head wound in a hospital after being allegedly involved in a protest confrontation with police during a local festival in the ancient city of Mrauk-U, Rakhine, western Myanmar. Officials say local police opened fire at hundreds of protesters angry about a ban on a local festival, killing seven people. (DVB via AP)
January 17, 2018 - 5:25 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar police opened fire at hundreds of protesters angry about a ban on a local festival, killing seven people, officials said Wednesday. The protesters in Rakhine state marched through the ancient city of Mrauk-U and ransacked a government building on Tuesday after authorities...
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Young Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, right, and Nathan Law arrive at the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. A Hong Kong court has sentenced Wong to three months in jail in a contempt case stemming from pro-democracy protests three years ago in the semiautonomous Chinese city. Wong and some others in the case had pleaded guilty last year for failing to comply with a court order to clear out of a protest camp during the 79-day "Umbrella Movement" protests in late 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 17, 2018 - 12:18 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong to three months in prison Wednesday for contempt, his second prison term stemming from his role in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests. The 21-year-old Wong and another defendant were immediately taken into custody at...
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Pope Francis meets with Bishops at the Sacristy of the Cathedral of Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Luca Zennaro/Pool via AP)
January 16, 2018 - 7:29 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said. The pontiff also acknowledged the "pain" of priests who have been held collectively responsible for...
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Pope Francis delivers a speech as he meets with Bishops at the Sacristy of the Cathedral of Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Luca Zennaro/Pool via AP)
January 16, 2018 - 7:11 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The latest on the pope's visit to Chile (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Pope Francis has met with a small group of Chilean victims of sex abuse by priests. That is according to Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. Burke told reporters that the meeting happened Tuesday at lunch. It was...
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Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the San Luis Beltran church on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
January 16, 2018 - 5:24 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A smiling Pope Francis drew a big crowd at an outdoor Mass in the Chilean capital Tuesday during the first full day of his six-day visit to Chile and Peru. Smaller groups of demonstrators also were out to protest several issues, from the sex abuse scandals in Chile's Roman...
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating United States' Donald Young during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
January 16, 2018 - 4:47 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic confirmed after his first-round win that men's players held a private meeting on the eve of the Australian Open to discuss issues related to the ATP Tour, but denied that any talk of boycotting Grand Slams over prize money was ever raised. Djokovic, who is...
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Pro-democracy activists, from left, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, shout slogans in front of the Court of Final Appeal Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Three young Hong Kong activists are making a last-ditch attempt to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014's massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
January 15, 2018 - 11:14 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Three young Hong Kong activists, including Joshua Wong, made a last-ditch attempt Tuesday to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014's massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city. Lawyers for Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were presenting...
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Hundreds celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day march east on a street from the Texas state Capitol to the campus of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, to remember the civil rights activist on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
January 15, 2018 - 9:32 pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. WHERE PROTESTS GREET PAPAL VISIT Pope Francis' first visit to Chile comes as some people are upset that he appointed a bishop who had been close to an abusive priest. 2. 'WE ARE ONE PEOPLE,...
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