Political and civil unrest

Vegetation is piled in preparation of new border wall construction Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, south of Donna, Texas.(Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 12:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has quietly transferred more than $200 million from Pentagon counterdrug efforts toward building his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing protests from Democrats who say he is again abusing his powers. The move would shift $129 million to...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, walks into Legislative Council in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. In chaotic scenes, furious pro-democracy lawmakers twice forced Hong Kong's leader to stop delivering a speech laying out her policy objectives and clamored for her to resign after she walked out of the legislature on Wednesday and then delivered the annual address 75 minutes late via television. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
October 16, 2019 - 10:00 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Assailants with hammers attacked a protest organizer and lawmakers shouting abuse forced Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to abandon a speech in the legislature, in two dramas Wednesday that highlighted the chaos gripping the semi-autonomous Chinese territory after more than four months...
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Protesting farmers block a main road leading to the center of The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Thousands of Dutch farmers protest over the Netherlands efforts to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Among the farmers' demands are that the government does not further reduce the number of animals they can keep. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
October 16, 2019 - 6:12 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch farmers drove their tractors in slow-moving convoys across the country Wednesday to protest their treatment by the government as it seeks to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions. It is the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government...
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An attendant shows an automotive product to a driver in front of a display with new fuel prices at a gas station in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The recent strike that paralyzed the Andean nation for almost two weeks, has left a gaping hole in Ecuador’s economy, this after President Lenin Moreno called back his elimination of fuel subsidies which provoked the violent protests. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
October 15, 2019 - 5:13 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno has survived the toughest political crisis of his presidency by negotiating an end to indigenous anti-austerity protests. Now he faces an even tougher challenge. Ten years of populist rule and a drop in oil prices have left Ecuador with a $64...
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Policemen in riot gear charge against protestors in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Spain's Supreme Court on Monday convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in a secession bid in 2017, a ruling that immediately inflamed independence supporters in the wealthy northeastern region. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
October 15, 2019 - 4:33 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Violent clashes erupted for a second night in Barcelona between police and protesters angry about the conviction of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, as Spain launched an investigation Tuesday into an activist group organizing the demonstrations. Thousands of people held...
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A poster lies on the ground during clashes between protestors and riot police outside the Spanish Government Office in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Spain's Supreme Court on Monday convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in a secession bid in 2017, a ruling that immediately inflamed independence supporters in the wealthy northeastern region. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
October 15, 2019 - 2:33 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Catalan protests and politics (all times local): 9:25 p.m. A line of riot police has charged a mass of demonstrators in Barcelona after some in the crowd protesting the convictions of Catalan separatists lit a fire in the street, set off firecrackers and taunted officers...
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Protestors of the environmental activist group extinction rebellion camp during a demonstration during a rainy morning at Trafalgar Square in London, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
October 15, 2019 - 7:03 am
LONDON (AP) — Climate protesters in London plan to keep up their campaign despite being ousted by a police order from their Trafalgar Square encampment. The Metropolitan Police had said Extinction Rebellion protesters and their tents must leave the square by Monday evening. The force said it was a...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to a journalist's question during a press conference at the government building in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. A homemade, remote-controlled bomb intended to "kill or to harm" riot control officers was detonated as they deployed against renewed violence in Hong Kong over the weekend, police said Monday, in a further escalation of destructive street battles gripping the business hub. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 15, 2019 - 4:30 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that "it's totally irresponsible and unfounded" to suggest the semi-autonomous Chinese territory is becoming a police state as her government grapples with protests now in their fifth month. In a spirited defense of Hong Kong's 30,000-strong police...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James in action during a match against Brooklyn Nets at the NBA China Games 2019 in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 (Color China Photo via AP)
October 14, 2019 - 10:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. In his first public comments...
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Members of the nationalist movements light flares during a rally marking Defense of the Homeland Day in center Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Some 15,000 far-right and nationalist activists protested in the Ukrainian capital, chanting "Glory to Ukraine" and waving yellow and blue flags. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged participants to avoid violence and warned of potential “provocations” from those who want to stoke chaos. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
October 14, 2019 - 4:11 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Brandishing red flares and shouting "glory to Ukraine," thousands of far-right and nationalist activists marched Monday through Kyiv, protesting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's leadership and his long-awaited peace plan for eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy sought to prove his...
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