Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

Protests in Sweida over deteriorating economy Mob storms the governor’s office and sets fire to the building Authorities say armed “bandits” also tried to take over the police station One police officer killed, Interior Ministry says Hospital source says one protester died of injuries AMMAN, Dec. 4 (Reuters) – Dozens of protesters, angered by deteriorating … Read more

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 letter, which arrived by regular mail and had not been scanned, caused “a very small wound” to one finger when the officer opened it in the … 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

Exclusive: The US and Russia have used their military hotline once so far during the war in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A communication line between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the start of Moscow’s war against Ukraine has so far been used only once, a US official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States has issued a call through the … Read more

Protesters and police clash over Adani harbor in Kerala, India; more than 80 injured

Billionaire Adani mega seaport project hit by protests Police clash with protesters late on Sunday as tensions rise Dispute over harbor construction causing coastal erosion Adani says it has all the necessary approvals for port development KOCHI, India Nov. 28 (Reuters) – More than 80 people were injured in India as villagers protesting the halt … Read more

China tightens security after rare COVID curb protests

Shanghai, Beijing police make presence visible on streets No sign of new protests in Beijing, Shanghai on Monday Backlash is a setback to efforts to eradicate the virus News of the protests has shaken global markets SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Police patrolled the scenes of weekend protests in Shanghai and Beijing on Monday after … Read more