UPDATE 2-Trump hopes 'tricky' Hong Kong situation works out 'for liberty'

(Adds comment from Chinese Foreign Ministry, Pelosi; adds background) By Jeff Mason MORRISTOWN, N.J., Aug 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the situation in Hong Kong was tricky, but he hoped it would work out for everybody, including China, and “for liberty” without anyone getting hurt or killed. “The Hong Kong thing is a very tough […]

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Thousands rally in Belgrade to protest against Serbian president

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Belgrade on Saturday to press demands for an end to the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party, greater media freedom and free and fair elections. The peaceful demonstration was organized by the Alliance for Serbia (SZS), a broad grouping of 30 parties and organizations, which started weekly protests […]

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After weeks of protests, Algeria PM starts talks on new government

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s newly-appointed prime minister has started talks to form a new government, the state news agency reported on Sunday, in a move designed to appease protesters demanding President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika and his inner circle step down. The new cabinet will include experts without political affiliation and will “reflect the demographics of the Algerian society”, APS quoted […]

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French yellow vest protests tense despite dwindling numbers

Riot police officers take position during a Yellow vests protest in Paris, Saturday, March 9, 2019. French yellow vests protested for a 17th straight weekend in Paris and other cities against the government’s economic policies they see as favoring the rich. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Thousands of French yellow vest protesters marched for a 17th straight weekend in Paris and other […]

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Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declaration

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Activists in Washington, Chicago and dozens of other U.S. cities protested on Monday’s Presidents Day holiday against President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Calling Trump’s declaration an abuse of power and usurpation of Congress, organizers with the nonprofit advocacy group MoveOn.org and other participants said it was […]

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O'Rourke, Trump duel over wall, immigration in possible 2020 preview

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – Potential White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke accused Donald Trump of fear-mongering on Monday and the Republican president mocked the Democrat as a “young man who lost” in dueling rallies that could preview the tenor of the 2020 election campaign. O’Rourke, who narrowly lost his 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat, accused Trump of stoking […]

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‘A church is no place for wall’: Tiny chapel near Rio Grande at center of legal fight

MISSION, Texas — When Sandra and Hal Totten stepped inside the tiny chapel just a few yards from the Rio Grande on Tuesday, they had no idea they were at ground zero in a battle between the Roman Catholic Church and Trump administration. On Wednesday in nearby McAllen, La Lomita Chapel will be the subject of a federal court proceeding […]

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Protests in Tunisia after journalist sets himself on fire

The death of a Tunisian journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the North African nation has prompted a protest that led to clashes with police and nationwide concern. Journalist Abderrak Zorgui posted a video online before his self-immolation in the struggling provincial city of Kasserine describing his desperation and calling for revolt. He expressed frustration […]

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