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Days after cease-fire, Gaza border demonstrations to resume

Days after cease-fire, Gaza border demonstrations to resumeGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian organizers of the weekly demonstrations in the Gaza Strip along the Israeli border said they will hold another protest on Friday — in a key test of this week's cease-fire between Israel and Gaza militant groups.



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Right-wing demonstrations and counterprotests follow stabbing in Chemnitz, Germany

Right-wing demonstrations and counterprotests follow stabbing in Chemnitz, GermanyEighteen people were injured in rival demonstrations capping off a week marked by xenophobic protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz, prompting Germany’s foreign minister to urge Germans to “get off our sofas” and speak up against racism. Chemnitz has been in the spotlight after violent far-right protests erupted over the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old man, allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi last Sunday. On Saturday, 8,000 people answered a joint call by far-right party AfD and Islamophobic PEGIDA street movement to descend once again on the streets of the former communist city which was in the erstwhile East Germany.



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Live: March for Our Lives demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and around the world

Live: March for Our Lives demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and around the worldHundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in "March for Our Lives" demonstrations around the country on Saturday to call for an end to gun violence.



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Two reportedly killed after Iranian forces 'open fire on protestors' as demonstrations continue for third day

Two reportedly killed after Iranian forces 'open fire on protestors' as demonstrations continue for third dayTwo people are understood  to have been killed after Iranian security forces reportedly opened fire on anti-government demonstrators on Saturday as the largest protests seen in the country since 2009 continued for a third day.  Reports of the two deaths were were posted on social media. There was no official confirmation of the fatalities but the posted  images appeared to show several bodies being carried away after clashes with police in the western city in Dorud Angry protests escalated in cities across Iran as demonstrators tore down posters of Ayatollah Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, while police on motorbikes charged into crowds swinging batons.   Protesters reportedly stormed the governor’s compound in the western city of Arak and started fires at government offices in Ahvaz, a city in the country’s southwest.  People protest in Iran's capital Tehran Credit: Reuters Donald Trump, the US president, warned Iran’s government that the “world is watching” its response to the demonstrators. He accused authorities of “squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad”. Later, he posted two clips of his speech to the UN General Assembly in September in which he took aim at Iran, which Washington has held out as its top adversary in the Middle East. "Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice," he tweeted, quoting from the speech. The Iranian government shot back at Mr Trump, calling his comments “deceitful” and “opportunistic”. مخاطبان بی‌بی‌سی فارسی این تصاویر را از "خیابان طالقانی #ابهر" فرستاده‌اند. گروهی از مردم در این ویدیو بیل‌بورد با عکس آقای #خامنه‌ای را به زیر می‌کشند pic.twitter.com/q5RejFwYV2— BBC Persian (@bbcpersian) December 30, 2017 The demonstrations began on Thursday in the northeastern city of Mashhad, largely over the rising cost of living, but quickly spread around the country and became more explicitly critical of Ayatollah Khamenei and of Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president. While the security forces showed relative restrain during the first 48 hours of protests, their response hardened on Saturday and authorities reportedly cut off some internet access in Tehran to try to stop the spread of unrest.  Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran Credit: AFP The chief executive of Telegram, a messaging app, agreed to shut down a channel popular with the opposition for allegedly encouraging violence after being contacted by an Iranian minister.  Several dozen students at the University of Tehran protested at the campus gates yesterday and chanted “death to the dictator” in apparent reference to Ayatollah Khamenei. Security forces fired tear gas and made arrests and the protesters were eventually replaced by a larger crowd of pro-government students who chanted “death to the seditionists” as they took back control of the gates. Thousands of people also turned out for annual pro-government rallies to mark the defeat of the last major protest movement in 2009. Confrontations reported between security forces and students inside Tehran University #Iranpic.twitter.com/LTtXtDcQIp— Michael Horowitz (@michaelh992) December 30, 2017 Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli, the interior minister, warned people not to take part in “illegal gatherings” and said “they will create problems for themselves and other citizens”. Mr Trump said in a tweet that the “Iranian government should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!” It was not clear what impact his intervention would have. Mr Trump’s decision to focus worldwide attention on the protests may discourage the Iranian government from using violence. But the protesters may also be sullied by association with Mr Trump, who is widely unpopular in Iran. Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran Credit: HAMED MALEKPOUR/AFP/Getty Images "The Iranian people see no value in the opportunistic claims by American officials and Mr. Trump,” a foreign ministry spokesman said. The protests are a wildcard in the complicated political balance between Mr Rouhani, a relative moderate who was re-elected this year as president, and his more hardline political rivals. Footage from Tehran University with security forces looking on: “Hardliners, reformists, it’s game over!” #Iran#IranProtestspic.twitter.com/wiwWQ4ZAJL— Holly Dagres (@hdagres) December 30, 2017 While the hardliners may have initially encouraged the demonstrations as a sign of popular discontent with Mr Rouhani’s economic management of Iran, the protests have quickly expanded and taken aim at the core pillars of the Islamic Republic, including the supreme leader. Mr Rouhani has not yet addressed the protests Credit: Vahid Salemi/AP Mr Rouhani has made no public comment since demonstrations began on Thursday. Some analysts said he might try to turn the demonstrations to his advantage by promising a more aggressive campaign against corruption in response to the demands from people on the streets. "The country is facing serious challenges with unemployment, high prices, corruption, lack of water, social gap, unbalanced distribution of budget," said Hesamoddin Ashena, his cultural advisor. "People have the right for their voice to be heard." One of the popular chants has “No Gaza No Lebanon, My Life for Iran”, an expression of frustration money being spent on Iran’s foreign interventions around the Middle East instead of on domestic programmes.  



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Congo orders internet and SMS cut ahead of anti-government demonstrations

Congo orders internet and SMS cut ahead of anti-government demonstrationsDemocratic Republic of Congo’s government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. Grassroots Catholic activists have called for marches in major cities on Sunday to demand that President Joseph Kabila commit to not changing the constitution to stand for a third term and release political prisoners. Kabila was required by the constitution to step down in December last year when his mandate expired but an election to replace him has been repeatedly delayed and is now scheduled for December 2018.



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Police report arrests in 3rd night of demonstrations

Police report arrests in 3rd night of demonstrationsST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police made several arrests Sunday night as protesters broke windows and damaged property during a third night of demonstrations over the acquittal of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man.



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Read the NYPD Commissioner's Stirring Eulogy for an Officer: 'Where Are the Demonstrations for This Single Mom?'

Read the NYPD Commissioner's Stirring Eulogy for an Officer: 'Where Are the Demonstrations for This Single Mom?'He spoke at the funeral for Officer Miosotis Familia, on July 11



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Demonstrations over reinstatement of President Trump’s travel ban

Demonstrations over reinstatement of President Trump’s travel banWe have photos from L.A. and New York of protests, welcome signs at airports for arriving immigrants, and the like as new travel restrictions take effect.



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Demonstrations against Venezuela's President Maduro's government in Caracas

Demonstrations against Venezuela's President Maduro's government in CaracasVenezuela’s opposition blocked streets in Caracas on Tuesday to denounce a decision by unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro to create a new super-body known as a “constituent assembly,” a move critics say is a veiled attempt to cling to power by avoiding elections.



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