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In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism

In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticismSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.



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Tunisia considers aid for poor as president hosts emergency talks on anti-austerity protests

Tunisia considers aid for poor as president hosts emergency talks on anti-austerity protestsThe Tunisian government may increase aid for poor families in a bid to defuse tensions following anti-austerity protests that saw hundreds arrested and left at least one man dead.    Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia''s president,  hosted emergency talks with trade unions, employers associations, and political parties on Saturday.  "We discussed the general situation in the country and the reforms, especially socio-economic, that must be adopted to overcome the current problems," Wided Bouchamaoui, the head of the UTICA employers association, told reporters after the meeting.  Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) attends a meeting with political parties, unions and employers following unrest triggered by austerity measures Credit: FETHI BELAID/AFP Noureddine Taboubi, the secretary general of UGTT, the country's main trade union, said no specific moves had been agreed but that measures "must be adopted" to aid needy families and improve the social safety net. A Tunisian government source told Reuters that a package of measures would include extra aid to poor families and people in need, but did not give further detail.  Peaceful protests broke out across Tunisia after the government adopted a new budget that raised taxes and pushed up the cost of living on January 1. Demonstrations escalated on Monday night as youths burned tires to block streets and clashed with security forces.  The unrest largely tailed off after the military was deployed on the streets of several cities on Thursday, but tensions remain high. Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators at a small protest in the central city of Sidi Bouzid overnight on Friday. Khlifa Chibani, a spokesman for the Interior ministry, said on Saturday a total of 803 people suspected of taking part in acts of violence, theft and looting have been arrested since last Sunday.  Police intervene during a protest in Tunis on January 12, 2018 Credit: Anadolu He said 97 policemen and members of the security forces had been injured over the week. It is unclear how many protesters have been injured. A man in his 40s died in disputed circumstances during unrest in the northern town of Tebourba on on Monday night. The unrest comes ahead of Sunday's seventh anniversary of the revolution that toppled the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, an event that sparked similar uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. While the other revolutions have descended into violence or given way to authoritarianism, Tunisia is widely seen as a success story of the Arab Spring.  Its democracy remains for the most part intact and a secular party currently leads the government in coalition with a moderate Islamist group.  But frustration has grown among many Tunisians over economic stagnation and unemployment.  Tunisia agreed to take decisive economic measures to bring down the country’s deficit. in return for a $ 2.9 billion loan (£2.2 billion) from the International Monetary Fund.



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Protests held across Pakistan after 7-year-old girl's rape and murder

Protests held across Pakistan after 7-year-old girl's rape and murderBy Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Protests broke out across Pakistan on Thursday after the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in a district south of Lahore, due to public anger at what is seen as the authorities’ failure to investigate such cases. It is the 12th such murder in the town of Kasur in a year, and has raised concern that a serial killer may be on the loose. Two people were killed on Wednesday when police fired at angry protesters in Kasur, and a local resident said schools, offices, and markets remained shut in the town on Thursday.



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Protests turn violent in Tunisia over price hikes

Protests turn violent in Tunisia over price hikesTunisia’s prime minister promised Tuesday to crack down on rioters after violent protests over price hikes left one person dead and raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The clashes earlier this week recalled the 2010-2011 protest movement that led to the ouster of authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked uprisings across the Arab world. Tunisia’s economy has struggled ever since.



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Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system: Khamenei

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system: KhameneiBy Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. “Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that ‘you’ve failed, and you will fail in the future, too.’” Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.



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Iran's Guard claims victory against anti-government protests

Iran's Guard claims victory against anti-government protestsTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Sunday that the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month.



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People rally in solidarity with anti-government protests in Iran

People rally in solidarity with anti-government protests in IranHundreds of Iranians held rallies on Saturday in support of the anti-government protests in Iran, in cities including Washington, D.C., Stockholm, London, Paris and Berlin.



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Divided UN Security Council to meet on Iran protests

Divided UN Security Council to meet on Iran protestsRussia and the United States headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Friday over a meeting called by Washington to discuss the wave of deadly protests in Iran. US Ambassador Nikki Haley has warned the demonstrations could escalate into full-blown conflict, drawing a comparison with Syria.



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Divided UN Security Council to meet on Iran protests

Divided UN Security Council to meet on Iran protestsRussia and the United States headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Friday over a meeting called by Washington to discuss the wave of deadly protests in Iran. US Ambassador Nikki Haley has warned the demonstrations could escalate into full-blown conflict, drawing a comparison with Syria.



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Iran protests latest: Nikki Haley says the world is watching regime's response to unrest

Iran protests latest: Nikki Haley says the world is watching regime's response to unrestThe United States called an emergency UN Security Council meeting to show the Iranian government that “the world will be watching” their response to this week’s protests, Ambassador Nikki Haley has said. Tehran responded by shutting off access to some social media and messaging apps, and broadcasting footage of other, pro-government rallies. “The Iranian regime is finally on notice: The world will be watching what you do,” she said on Friday.



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