Iran’s top legal cleric says morality police are closed

Protesters are calling for an economic boycott Monday through Wednesday Raisi visits Tehran University on Wednesday for Student Day The Ministry of the Interior is silent on the status of the vice squad DUBAI, Dec. 4 (Reuters) – Protesters in Iran on Sunday called for a three-day strike this week, ramping up pressure on authorities … Read more

El Salvador sends 10,000 troops to a gang-run capital

SAN SALVADOR, Dec. 3 (Reuters) – El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele on Saturday announced the deployment of 10,000 security forces to a suburb of San Salvador known as a gang stronghold. The move is the latest escalation in a crusade against gang violence that began in March and is marred by unjust detentions, according to … Read more

Chinese cities are easing COVID sidewalks as the virus continues to spread

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing testing requirements and quarantine rules in anticipation of an expected shift in virus policies across the country following widespread social unrest. However, the uneven easing of COVID restrictions is fueling fears among some residents who suddenly feel more … Read more

China is set to ease COVID sidewalks after a week of historic protests

China allows home quarantine, stops mass testing – sources Top official says virus weakening serious Shift comes after series of demonstrations Largest demonstration of public resistance in a decade BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – China will announce a relaxation of its COVID-19 quarantine protocols and a reduction in mass testing in the coming days, sources … Read more

A bomb is injured at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, Kiev steps up security

MADRID/KYIV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A security officer at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was injured on Wednesday when he opened a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador. The security officer suffered minor injuries and went to hospital on his own for treatment, Spanish government official Mercedes Gonzalez told broadcaster Telemadrid. In the aftermath of … Read more

COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as lockdown fury boils in China

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in Guangzhou’s Chinese manufacturing center clashed with riot police in white safety gear on Tuesday evening, videos posted on social media showed, as frustration over strict COVID-19 rules escalated three years after the pandemic. The clashes in the southern city marked an escalation of protests in the commercial hub … Read more

More than 80 injured in clash between Indian police and protesters at Adani port

KOCHI, India Nov. 28 (Reuters) – More than 80 people were injured in southern India as villagers halting construction of a $900 million port clashed with police, the latest escalation of a months-old protest from a predominantly Christian fishing community against the Asian richest man. The protests are a major headache for Gautam Adani’s $23 … Read more

BBC says Chinese police attacked one of its journalists during the Shanghai protest

LONDON, Nov. 27 (Reuters) – The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police attacked and detained one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai before later releasing him after several hours. “The BBC is deeply concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in … Read more

Demonstrators in Shanghai, crowding police as anger over China’s COVID curbs mounts

Wave of civil disobedience, unprecedented under President Xi Increasing frustration with Xi’s zero-COVID policy An apartment fire in Urumqi killed 10 people last Thursday Vigils turn into protests in cities like Beijing, Shanghai Prestigious university students in Beijing protest SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters in Shanghai shouted and thronged with police on … Read more

Protests erupt in Xinjiang and Beijing after deadly fire

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Public anger in China over increasing COVID-19 lockdowns across the country erupted into rare protests in China’s far western region of Xinjiang and the country’s capital, Beijing, as nationwide infections set a new record. Crowds took to the streets in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, on Friday evening chanting “End the … Read more