D.C. police response to George Floyd protests prompts alarm abroad

America’s allies and adversaries can’t believe what they are witnessing unfold in Washington, D.C. — a police officer punching an Australian cameraman and using his shield to strike him in the chest, while another officer uses a baton to hit the correspondent as the news crew attempts to flee. Violent, chaotic scenes like this have…

Fears grow of US coronavirus surge from George Floyd protests

Photograph: John Minchillo/APEven as all US states continue further phased reopening of businesses and social movement amid the coronavirus pandemic, governors, mayors and public health officials across the US are raising fears of a surge in cases of Covid-19 arising from escalating protests over the death of George Floyd. Related: Coronavirus live news: US sends…

Crime gangs prey on Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong seller of luxury watches looked on in horror as masked men wielding the biggest sledgehammer he’d ever seen smashed through the door of a neighboring watch store, held a machete to the owner’s throat, scooped up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of timepieces, and then scattered into…

India Citizenship Bill: Military deployed to Assam and Tripura and internet shut down as protests rage

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed by the country’s parliament on Wednesday, has been described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government as a means of protecting vulnerable groups from persecution. Critics, however, say the bill marginalizes Muslims and undermines the country’s secular constitution. Others say it risks bringing an unwanted influx of…

Chile protests: Anti-government activists rally around student blinded by rubber bullets

Protesters against Chile President Sebastian Pinera’s government have rallied around a student blinded by police rubber bullets and his family hopes a photo capturing his injuries will increase international pressure on the administration. Gustavo Gatica’s name is shouted at police, borne on placards and scrawled on walls around the city. Mr Gatica was taking pictures…

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Protests grip Malta as PM defies calls to quit

Image copyrightReuters Image caption Protesters gathered in Valletta on SundayDemonstrators are rallying in the Maltese capital Valletta to demand justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist murdered in 2017. Gathering outside parliament, they marched under pictures of the victim, and demanded Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s immediate resignation. A businessman with alleged links to government officials…

What Are Protests in the Middle East Signaling?

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