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Iran summons Polish envoy in protest against upcoming summit

Iran summons Polish envoy in protest against upcoming summitTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Angered by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that Poland will host an international conference on Iran in mid-February, Iranian authorities on Sunday summoned Warsaw's top diplomat in the country and called off a Polish film festival.



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GM won't budge on closing Oshawa, as workers protest and walk off the job

GM won't budge on closing Oshawa, as workers protest and walk off the jobSays Unifor boss after meeting company leaders: 'I'm furious right now.'



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A Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Has Fled to the U.S. to Protest President Maduro's Rule

A Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Has Fled to the U.S. to Protest President Maduro's RuleJudge Christian Zerpa disavowed the government of President Nicolas Maduro



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New Russian barracks on disputed islands draws protest from Japan

New Russian barracks on disputed islands draws protest from JapanRussia’s Ministry of Defence said it planned to shift troops next week into four housing complexes on two of the four disputed islands, known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan. Japan’s defense ministry says 3,500 Russian troops are deployed on the two larger islands as part of a military buildup. The news came after the Kremlin said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might visit Russia on Jan. 21 as the two countries step up efforts to defuse the territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a World War Two peace treaty.



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Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest march

Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest marchSRINAGAR, India (AP) — Soldiers and police fanned out across Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday to enforce a security lockdown for a second straight day to stop anti-India protests and foil a call by separatists for a march toward India's main military garrison in the disputed region.



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Troops kill 7 civilians as protest turns bloody in Kashmir

Troops kill 7 civilians as protest turns bloody in KashmirSRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian forces who were exchanging fire with insurgents in disputed Kashmir on Saturday fatally shot at least seven civilians when large crowds descended on the site of the gunbattle in support of the militants, police and residents said.



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French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth Saturday

French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth SaturdayIn Paris, police were out in force to contain outbursts of violence. Police fired water cannon and teargas in the afternoon to disperse groups of protesters in sporadic, brief clashes with riot police on the Champs-Elysees and adjacent streets. Topless feminist activists braved the cold to face off with security forces, a few meters away from the Elysee Palace, the president’s residence.



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China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei execBEIJING (AP) — China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing to protest Canada's detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei at Washington's behest, demanding the U.S. cancel the order for her arrest.



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U.S. arrests religious leaders, activists at border protest

U.S. arrests religious leaders, activists at border protestMore than 400 demonstrators, many leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, sought a halt to detention and deportation of migrants and for the United States to welcome the caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico in November. Singing and praying, religious leaders moved forward in lines of four to six, some wearing T-shirts reading, “Love Knows No Borders.” They were handcuffed and led away by federal agents upon entering a restricted area in front of the fence. “As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity…We’re calling on the U.S. to respect the rights of migrants,” said Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, which has run a week of actions to back migrants.



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Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protest

Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protestThe founder of the “yellow vest” revolt said it had become a dangerous “dog without a leash” prey to extremists and anarchists, and urged moderate protesters to open dialogue with the French government. Jacline Mouraud, a 51-year old composer and hypnotherapist from Brittany, is credited with sparking the movement after six million people viewed her Facebook diatribe against environmental duties on petrol and diesel last month. “What are you doing with the money apart from buying new dishes at the Élysée Palace and building yourself swimming pools?” she asked President Emmanuel Macron in her viral video. But she said the movement had now been hijacked by an increasingly violent fringe of “extremists and anarchists”. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Ms Mouraud, said: “This movement has broken free of everyone, you can’t reason with people any more. Some don’t even remember what demands we made at the start. “It’s as if we had kept the dog on a leash and today the leash has snapped.” A firefighter stands next to a car set on fire during a protest of Yellow vest  Credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images Before the violence of the past two weeks, she said the revolt was a “spontaneous movement of the people” that could not be manipulated. Now, however, it was, she said, not just “beyond the reach of the government, political parties, unions” but “the people from the movement themselves”. She added: “We’re witnessing a tsunami. The wave is still in the air and we’ll just have to wait for it to crash down again.” Facebook, she said, had initially “helped bring people together and get organised”. But it also now had a “very negative side,” she added. Experts said that Facebook’s decentralised nature is ideal for "gilets jaunes”, particularly as it changed its algorithms earlier this year to lower the visibility of content published on pages run by large media outlets. "It prioritised content being shared by groups, individual profiles, and local information. This change in the algorithm has boosted the emergence of this movement," Tristan Mendes France, who teaches digital culture at Paris-Diderot University, said. Hundreds of social media accounts linked to Russia have sought to amplify the street protests that have rocked France, according to analysis by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company. Facebook's new algorithm for ordering the posts that users see has also given raised the profile of extremists, conspiracy theorists and proponents of fake news. Ms Mouraud and other “spokespeople” have received death threats. Those behind them “don’t want a resolution of the conflict”, she said.  A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (Gilet jaune) throws a cobble at police forces Credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images She was among a “yellow vest” delegation that met the prime minister, Edouard Philippe, on Friday night. They listed demands ranging from tax justice and proportional representative in legislative elections and raising low pensions. The prime minister has called for three months of talks between the gilets jaunes and local and national officials. She added: “Today, I have no idea how this will pan out. What’s for sure is if we don’t get organised, it will have no future. We’ll have done all that for nothing.”



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