Beirut explosion: Protests erupt as Lebanon’s leaders blamed for deadly blast

Protests have erupted in Beirut as residents blame Lebanon’s leaders for the deadly explosion that killed at least 145 people. Dozens of protesters threw stones at security forces and set tyres on fire near the country’s parliament in central Beirut on Thursday evening. They were eventually pushed back after security forces, including army soldiers, fired […]

U.S. prosecutors do not charge Portland protesters with antifa ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. federal prosecutors have produced no evidence linking dozens of people arrested in anti-racism protests in Portland, Oregon, to the antifa or anarchist movements, despite President Donald Trump’s assertions they are fueling the unrest. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Portland confirmed this in an email to Reuters on Tuesday. […]

House panel investigates DHS office over Portland, other protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Intelligence Committee launched an investigation on Monday into the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence office, including its actions in Portland, Oregon, and its involvement in other anti-racism protests across the country. “The reporting regarding the monitoring of peaceful protesters, creating and disseminating intelligence reports about journalists and protesters, and […]

Thousands march in Berlin against coronavirus curbs

BERLIN (Reuters) – Thousands marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people’s rights and freedoms. The gathering, estimated by police at 17,000, included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and anti-vaccination activists. There was also a small far-right presence with some marchers carrying Germany’s black, […]

Federal agents pull out of Seattle, mayor says

(Reuters) – U.S. agents deployed to Seattle to protect federal property have left the city after local officials complained their presence was escalating tensions, Seattle’s mayor said on Tuesday. U.S. tactical forces arrived in Washington state’s largest city last week and were on standby to protect federal facilities after attacks on a federal courthouse in […]

U.S. sending more federal officers to Portland protests: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is sending at least 100 additional federal officers to Portland, Oregon, the Washington Post reported on Monday, as confrontations between anti-racism protesters and federal authorities have intensified. The U.S. Marshals Service decided last week to send 100 deputy marshals to fortify authorities guarding the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, […]

Israel: Many held in protests over gov't handling of coronavirus

At least 12 arrested in Jerusalem as thousands continue protests against Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Israeli police have arrested 12 people and used water cannon in Jerusalem before dawn on Sunday to disperse furious demonstrators protesting against the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The arrests came as thousands of Israelis […]

U.S. authorities say 18 Portland protesters face federal charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it has arrested 18 people and charged them for alleged crimes committed during recent anti-racism protests in Portland. In a statement, the department said all 18 had made a first appearance in federal court and were released pending jury trials or other court proceedings. Billy […]

Thai youths burn image of PM as resignation calls grow

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Young Thai political activists set fire to pictures of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha outside government house on Friday and called for his resignation, as pressure builds on the generals who orchestrated a 2014 coup to leave office. In the past week there have been small protests seeking to drive him from office […]

'Bait and switch': New Mexico Democrats distrust Trump's 'surge' against crime

(Reuters) – Even as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would accept U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to send a “surge” of federal agents to fight violent crime in Democratic-led cities, Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Tim Keller has rejected the deployment outright. Both mayors are Democrats wrestling with violent crime and a history of police misconduct […]