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Iraq protests swell with youth angry at slow pace of reform

Iraq protests swell with youth angry at slow pace of reformThe youth-dominated rallies demanding an overhaul of the ruling system have rocked Shiite-majority parts of Iraq since October, but had thinned out in recent weeks amid the geopolitical storm of rising Iran-US tensions. On Sunday the anti-government protest movement was re-ignited with hundreds of angry young people descending on the main protest camp in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square as well as the nearby Tayaran Square. Others burned tyres to block highways and bridges, turning back cars and leading to traffic jams across the city.



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Pakistan court jails dozens of Islamists over Asia Bibi protests

Pakistan court jails dozens of Islamists over Asia Bibi protestsA Pakistani court has sentenced more than 80 Islamists to 55 years in prison each after protests linked to the 2018 acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, one of their senior leaders told AFP. The sentence — an unusually harsh one in Pakistan, where blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue — was announced by a lower court in the garrison town of Rawalpindi on Thursday, said Pir Ejaz Ashrafi, a senior leader of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).



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Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests

Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protestsAn off-duty Hong Kong police officer was arrested along with seven other people on Friday as they tried to put pro-democracy posters on a footbridge, police said. It’s the first known case of a police officer being apprehended for supporting the massive demonstrations that have led to more than 6,500 arrests in the past seven months. The officer, 31, and the seven other people aged 14 to 61, were arrested at 3:00 am on Friday in Tuen Mun, a district in northwest Hong Kong.



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Japan Lawmaker Heads to Taiwan After China Protests Congratulatory Message for Tsai

Japan Lawmaker Heads to Taiwan After China Protests Congratulatory Message for Tsai(Bloomberg) — The head of the Japan-Taiwan parliamentary friendship association will go to Taipei to congratulate President Tsai Ing-wen on her election victory, weeks ahead of an expected state visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping.Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Keiji Furuya’s two-day trip from Thursday comes days after China protested Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi’s official congratulatory message to Tsai. China sees Taiwan as a renegade province.Tsai’s victory reflects strong public backing for her stance amid concern about Hong Kong’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests, Furuya said in an interview Wednesday at his offices in Tokyo. Given that Japan has no formal ties with its southern neighbor, the lawmakers’ association plays an important role, he added.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hoping to pull off a visit by Xi this spring to crown a steady improvement in relations since he took office amid a heated territorial dispute with China in 2012 over a set of islands claimed by both countries. But the relationship is riddled with problems, including frequent incursions by Chinese government ships into what Japan sees as its territorial waters around the disputed islands.Defense Minister Taro Kono said in a speech in Washington on Tuesday that Japan could not overlook the incursions and urged China to “improve the situation” or risk creating a “difficult environment” for Xi’s visit.To contact the reporters on this story: Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo at ireynolds1@bloomberg.net;Takashi Hirokawa in Tokyo at thirokawa@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Jon Herskovitz, Chris KayFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



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Palestinians in Gaza will scale back protests along the fortified border with Israel

Palestinians in Gaza will scale back protests along the fortified border with IsraelPalestinians in Gaza will scale back protests along the fortified border with Israel, factions in the strip said on Thursday, in a sign of a lasting détente between Israel and Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, along the volatile frontier.



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Violent clashes in new round of Chile protests

Violent clashes in new round of Chile protestsThousands of protesters clashed with police Friday in Santiago in a fresh round of anti-government demonstrations that erupted more than two months ago in Chile. The rally took place in the Plaza Italia, which has since October 18 become the epicenter of massive citizen protests against President Sebastian Pinera’s right-wing government. Police entered the square in mid-afternoon and dispersed demonstrators with water cannon and tear gas.



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Hong Kong police paid $17 million in allowances related to protests

Hong Kong police paid $  17 million in allowances related to protestsHong Kong police have earned a total of HK$ 135 million ($ 17.3 million) in allowances during the past six months of anti-government protests, government figures show. The meal and work-related allowances were on top of HK$ 950 million overtime pay that police have earned since the protests intensified in June, according to the figures released to city legislators on Friday. The Chinese-ruled city has been convulsed by more than 900 often violent protests since June, the security bureau said earlier, as public opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill developed into demands for greater freedoms.



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Montenegro's parliament approves religion law despite protests

Montenegro's parliament approves religion law despite protestsMontenegro’s parliament approved on Friday a law on religious communities despite street protests and a last-minute attempt in the chamber by deputies of the pro-Serb opposition to prevent the vote going ahead. Under the law, religious communities in the tiny Adriatic state would need to prove property ownership from before 1918, when predominantly Orthodox Christian Montenegro joined the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the predecessor of the now-defunct Yugoslavia. The pro-Serb Democratic Front (DF) and other critics of the legislation say it is an attempt to promote the small Montenegrin Orthodox Church, which is not recognized by other major churches, at the expense of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the dominant church in the country of 620,000 people.



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Palestinians to scale back protests on Israel-Gaza border

Palestinians to scale back protests on Israel-Gaza borderPalestinians in Gaza will scale back protests along the fortified border with Israel, factions in the strip said on Thursday, in a sign of a lasting detente between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas along the volatile frontier. For nearly 20 months, Palestinians have held weekly demonstrations dubbed the “Great March of Return”, which have often turned violent as people throw rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops who respond by shooting with live fire. Gaza medical officials say 214 Palestinians have been killed since the Friday protests began in March 2018.



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Turmoil at memorial for man killed in Iran protests

Turmoil at memorial for man killed in Iran protestsIranian protesters chanted political slogans under the eye of security forces during a memorial on Thursday for a man killed in demonstrations last month, videos on social media showed. The images, which could not be verified by Reuters, showed one woman shouting “Death to the dictator” as people around her ran in the cemetery in the city of Karaj. Other videos showed a helicopter flying nearby and security forces around the cemetery.



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