Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, pushing back against angry, skeptical Democrats who said President Donald Trump’s administration is unconstitutionally suppressing dissent. The hearing, held Tuesday as the late civil […]

Attacker bites politician’s ear, others slashed in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — A knife-wielding man slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong on Sunday, as riot police stormed several malls to thwart protesters who have been demanding government reforms for nearly five months. The bloody attack erupted outside one of those shopping complexes, […]

China waiting out Hong Kong protests, but backlash may come

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central government has dismissed Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as clowns and criminals while bemoaning growing violence surrounding the monthslong demonstrations. That’s partly out of concern that protesters’ demands for expanded democracy could inspire like-minded officials and intellectuals on the mainland. Yet, Beijing shows no signs of preparing for a major crackdown, […]

Protesters, police play cat-and-mouse game across Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — The distinctive clang of metal hitting pavement echoed across Hong Kong. Over several hours, in successive waves on Sunday, different districts filled with the sound of protesters erecting and just as hastily taking down their improvised barricades. While past nights of protest have ended in protracted standoffs between demonstrators and riot […]

Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues, as government always fails when it tries to intervene in “economic development”

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Several thousand people marched through Hungary’s capital Sunday in a fourth day of demonstrations against new laws that critics say restrict workers’ rights and undermine democracy. Protesters chanted anti-government slogans amid sub-zero temperatures outside parliament as speakers denounced revised overtime rules that lawmakers approved Wednesday. The crowd became increasingly angry as […]

109 in custody in Paris over May Day violence

 PARIS (AP) — Some 109 people were in custody Wednesday suspected of offenses including carrying prohibited weapons and firing projectiles after May Day protests against reforms by French President Emmanuel Macron turned violent in Paris, French authorities said. France’s Interior Minister Gerard Collomb visited the site of heated demonstrations Tuesday in the city’s Left Bank, […]

Moscow police detaining opposition protesters

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian opposition protest (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Riot police in Moscow have begun detaining demonstrators in an unsanctioned opposition rally in the center of the city. An Associated Press reporter saw at least three demonstrators detained on Tverskaya Street, a main thoroughfare leading from the Red Square area. […]