Protests rock Armenia as PM slams ‘coup’ attempt: Live updates

DEVELOPING STORY Nikol Pashinyan is under mounting pressure to resign over his handling of the recent conflict with Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused top military officers of attempting a coup after they demanded he step down, adding fuel to months-long protests calling for his resignation. Anti-government sentiment swelled last November […]

Indian climate activist gets bail in sedition case over farm stir

New Delhi court grants bail to Disha Ravi, 22, saying there was ‘scanty and sketchy evidence’ of sedition in her efforts to help the protesting farmers. A court in the Indian capital has granted bail to a 22-year-old climate activist, saying there was “scanty and sketchy evidence” of sedition in her efforts to help farmers […]

Myanmar set for more protests, as Indonesia steps up diplomacy

Myanmar is set for more protests against military rule on Wednesday, as Indonesia sought to build a diplomatic coalition among other Southeast Asian countries to steer a path out of the political crisis. This week saw huge rallies on Monday and a general strike to denounce the military’s February 1 coup and demand the release […]

Nepal’s Supreme Court orders reinstatement of Parliament

Order came after cases filed with the court said PM Oli’s decision to dissolve the legislature last December was unconstitutional. Nepal’s Supreme Court has ordered the reinstatement of Parliament, which was dissolved in December last year – a ruling that is likely to thrust the Himalayan nation into a political crisis. Monday’s court order came […]

Armenia protests: PM Pashinyan faces fresh calls to quit

Nikol Pashinyan is facing renewed calls for his resignation as his opponents condemn his handling of the recent conflict with Azerbaijan. Months-long calls for Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign escalated again on Tuesday, as thousands of protesters staged the third demonstration in a week demanding he quit over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh […]

US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown

US move follows military’s use of force against peaceful protests over the weekend that left two dead. The United States has imposed sanctions on two more generals involved in the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and said it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Monday […]

Algerians mark protest movement anniversary with fresh rallies

Thousands rally in Algiers and elsewhere to mark two years since the beginning of a mass movement that toppled the longtime president. Thousands of protesters marched in the Algerian capital and cities across the country to commemorate two years since the beginning of mass protests that culminated weeks later in the departure of longtime President […]

Myanmar begins general strike in face of military threats

Millions expected to stop work and join protests calling for restoration of democracy three weeks after generals seized power in a coup. Myanmar began a nationwide general strike on Monday despite a curfew, road blockades and more overnight arrests, as the United States warned it would “take firm action” against the military if it continued […]

A ‘war zone’: Witnesses describe violence at Myanmar protests

Yangon, Myanmar – Saturday was the worst day of bloodshed yet during mass protests in Myanmar against the February 1 military coup, which overthrew the elected government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy.  Police opened fire on peaceful protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-biggest city, killing two – including a […]

In Pictures: Protests over jailing of Spanish rapper turn violent

Protesters threw bottles at police, set fire to containers and damaged shops in Barcelona on Saturday in a fifth night of clashes and protests sparked after a rapper was jailed for “glorifying terrorism” and insulting royalty in his songs. The nine-month sentence of Pablo Hasel, known for his virulently anti-establishment raps, has triggered a debate […]

Myanmar police kill 2 in bloodiest day of anti-coup protests

At least two people have been killed and several wounded in Myanmar’s second city of Mandalay when security forces opened fire to disperse people protesting against the country’s military coup, according to emergency service workers and other witnesses. The deaths on Sunday marked the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of large demonstrations against […]

Two killed in Myanmar city of Mandalay in another day of protests

Author:  Reuters ID:  1613823948969667200 Sat, 2021-02-20 12:10 Two people were killed in Myanmar’s second city Mandalay on Saturday when police fired to disperse protesting opponents of a Feb. 1 military coup, emergency workers said.“Twenty people were injured and two are dead,” said Ko Aung, a leader of the Parahita Darhi volunteer emergency service agency in […]

For Lebanese and Iraqis, small victories in a long struggle

Economic distress, rampant corruption, a self-serving ruling elite, and the ever-looming fear of armed militias – not much is going their way but protesters in both Iraq and Lebanon have found a reason to smile. In campus elections in Lebanon, they turned into candidates and gave a drubbing to opposing student groups backed by traditional […]

Thai PM survives no-confidence vote amid more planned protests

The vote marks the second no-confidence test Prayuth’s government has faced since taking office in July 2019. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament after a four-day censure debate with protests calling for his resignation set to resume. “The vote shows that there is confidence,” said Chuan Leekpai, […]

Thai PM survives no-confidence vote as protests planned

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1613807476188674200 Sat, 2021-02-20 05:41 BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday after a four-day censure debate, with protests calling for his ouster set to resume. “The vote shows that there is confidence,” said Chuan Leekpai, president of the National […]

India court extends activist Ravi’s detention over farm protests

Disha Ravi accused of ‘sedition’ over allegedly creating online ‘toolkit’ intended to help protesting farmers in India. A Delhi court has granted a police request to extend the detention of climate activist Disha Ravi whom they accuse of sedition for her alleged role in the creation of an online “toolkit” intended to help farmers protesting […]

Gabon: Two killed during protests against COVID restrictions

Curfew violators shot dead amid violent demonstrations in poor neighbourhoods against coronavirus restrictions. Two men have been shot dead in Libreville during curfew violations and protests against coronavirus restrictions, police in Gabon said on Friday. The two were shot late on Thursday as the country was hit by violent demonstrations in poor neighbourhoods against a […]

Algeria frees first activists after presidential pardons

Some 70 people are in prison over their links with the Hirak movement or other peaceful opposition political activity, says rights group. Algeria released a dozen “Hirak” protest movement activists from jail on Friday, the first batch freed under presidential pardons issued ahead of the second anniversary of a popular uprising. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in […]

Spain: Rapper’s jailing, riots lead to rift within government

Socialist PM condemns protesters who engaged in violence, but his far-left coalition partner criticises police for their forceful response. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has denounced violent protests which have broken out over the imprisonment of rap artist Pablo Hasél, after a far-left junior partner in his coalition government spoke out in support of the […]

Heavy gunfire, blasts erupt at opposition march in Mogadishu

The violence comes after weeks of tensions over delayed elections in the Horn of Africa nation. Gunfire and blasts have erupted in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu, according to witnesses, Somali government and opposition leaders, as security forces clashed with protesters angered by delayed elections. It was unclear who opened fire first, but one witness Yusuf […]

Myanmar female protester dies as military crackdown hardens

A young woman protester in Myanmar who was shot in the head last week as police dispersed a crowd has died, her brother said, marking the first death among opponents of the February 1 military coup since they began demonstrating two weeks ago. News of her death on Friday came as police and soldiers arrested […]

Rebel Riot: The punk soundtrack to Myanmar’s anti-coup protests

“It’s not an easy thing as a woman here in Myanmar,” said Hnin. “You have a lot of restrictions and you are not supposed to [be a singer in a punk band].” The tattooed 23-year-old features in “One Day”, a new film clip by Myanmar’s foremost punk band Rebel Riot, delivering seething vocals over the […]