Ukraine police disperse EU-deal protesters

Police charging at protesters in Kiev on 30 November.

Police intervened with force to disperse the protesters in the early hours of Saturday

Riot police in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, have forcefully dispersed hundreds of protesters, beating some with truncheons, witnesses say.

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Deadly fuel-hike protests continue in Sudan

Anti-government protests erupt in Sudan

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Sudanese security forces have opened fire on demonstrators, with at least four people reported to have died, as thousands marched through the streets of the capital in continuing protests over fuel price hikes.

About 3,000 people, angered by a police crackdown on previous protests, also demonstrated after Friday prayers in Khartoum’s twin city Omdurman, across the Nile, shouting “Freedom! Freedom!” and “The people want the fall of the regime!”. Clashes also took place in the city of Wad Medani.

Police on Saturday confirmed that four civilians had been killed, but blamed the deaths on “unknown shooters”. At least 700 people involved in Friday’s demonstrations were arrested.

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Clashes as Iranian President Returns to Tehran

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was protected by bodyguards as he left the airport in Tehran on Saturday.        Atta Kenare/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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TEHRAN — Hard-line protesters hurled eggs and a shoe at President Hassan Rouhani of Iran as he returned to Tehran on Saturday after supporters cheered him for reaching out to President Obama.

Mr. Rouhani was standing in his car, waving through the sunroof as he passed supporters at the airport. But moments later, security guards tried to shield the president with an umbrella as protesters threw eggs and a shoe at his car while others blocked the road by praying on the pavement.

“Long live Rouhani, man of change” the president’s supporters shouted, as a small contingent of police struggled to control the crowd.

The hard-liners responded by shouting “our people are awake and hate America.”

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Rights groups: Sudan police shot to kill

Two groups say more than 50 killed in protests over fuel prices, with police aiming at “protesters’ chests and heads”.

Protesters vandalised banks and gas stations throughout Khartoum [Reuters]

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Two leading rights groups say Sudanese police have killed at least 50 people during protests in the last week, often “shooting to kill”.

A statement released by Amnesty International and the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies late on Thursday urged authorities to end violent repression of the protesters. Lucy Freeman, Amnesty’s deputy chief for Africa, said the police’s “aiming at protesters’ chests and heads” is a “blatant violation of the right to life”.

Information from Sudan is starting to flow out today after a 24 hour internet blackout. Only about five newspapers reached kiosks on Thursday, carrying mainly statements from First Vice President Ali Osman Taha denouncing violence during the protests.

Editors at three newspapers said they had either been prevented from publishing by security agents or had decided not to print to protest against state attempts to steer coverage.

Youth activists and doctors at a Khartoum hospital have told The Associated Press news agency that at least 100 people died since protests first broke out on Monday. The clashes are the worst unrest seen in Sudan’s central regions for years.

A destroyed fuel tanker is left behind after rioters torched a fuel station in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Sudanese authorities have deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in Khartoum following days of deadly rioting over gas price hikes. Photo: Abd Raouf

A destroyed fuel tanker is left behind after rioters torched a fuel station in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Sudanese authorities have deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in Khartoum following days of deadly rioting over gas price hikes. Photo: Abd Raouf

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Turkish police fire teargas to disperse hundreds in Istanbul

(Reuters) – Turkish police fired teargas in Istanbul on Wednesday to disperse several hundred people protesting against the police crackdown on last month’s anti-government demonstrations, local media reported.

Police blocked several hundred protesters in a busy street near Istanbul’s Taksim Square from marching in support of a teenage boy who is said to be in a coma after being hit in the head by a teargas canister during the unrest.

TV footage showed police vehicles firing water cannons and protesters running into side streets.

What started as a small protest against the planned redevelopment of the city’s Gezi Park triggered nationwide protests last month against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accused by his critics of becoming increasingly authoritarian.

Five people died and thousands were injured in the anti-government unrest, which posed the biggest challenge to Erdogan’s decade-old rule.

While the protests have largely died down across the country, some isolated demonstrations have persisted in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.

(Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

 

Streetcar shooting protest march draws hundreds

Sammy Yatim’s sister organizes march in downtown Toronto after police killing

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Hundreds of people turned up to a protest march in downtown Toronto that was organized in response to the death of Sammy Yatim, the 18-year-old teen who was shot by police on a TTC streetcar.

CBC News has learned that the Toronto police officer who shot Yatim has been suspended with pay. The shooting remains under investigation by the province’s police watchdog.

The shooting on July 27 shortly after midnight, which was captured in amateur video posted online, has Yatim’s family demanding answers.

They’ve seen the video, which includes the sound of nine gunshots. When the audio is enhanced, a stun gun can also be heard after the shots are fired.

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Texas abortion supporters chant ‘Hail Satan’

Opposition to crackdown on late-term procedures goes to extreme

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Abortion advocates chanted “Hail Satan” at the Texas statehouse while pro-lifers sang “Amazing Grace” as the already white-hot battle over late-term abortion procedures in the state moved into overdrive.

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