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Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

World
Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Demonstrators clashed with police on Friday as an anti-government protest in Romania's capital, Bucharest, turned violent. Tens of thousands showed up for the rally, which called on Romanians living abroad to return home to protest what they say is a corrupt government. Chief complaints among the demonstrators are legislative changes that many say will weaken the rule of law. "We want democracy and laws that defend citizens, not politicians," Moise Maracine, a protester who flew from Britain, where he lives and owns a business, told The New York Times. As angry crowds shouted for government officials to resign, demonstrators clashed with officials. Some threw bottles and rocks at the police, prompting law enforcement to fire tear gas into the crowd. More than 240 people ...
Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests

Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests

World
July 27 (UPI) -- Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops Friday at the Gaza border left at least two dead and hundreds more injured, the Gaza health ministry said. The ministry identified the dead as Yassin Tahsin Abu Armana, 14, and Razi Abu Mustafa, 43, both killed by Israeli gunfire. Israel Defense Forces said Palestinian protesters opened fire on Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip. Others threw stones, tear gas canisters or burning tires. "No injuries were reported. In response, an IDF aircraft targeted an observation post in the northern Gaza Strip," the IDF said on Twitter. The Gaza health ministry said about 264 Palestinians sustained injuries Friday, 90 by live fire. Eleven people were in serious condition. The protests were part of the Great March of R...
Vietnamese police arrest 100 over anti-China protests

Vietnamese police arrest 100 over anti-China protests

World
June 11 (UPI) -- Vietnamese police arrested more than 100 people in demonstrations against proposed laws protesters say limit Internet freedom and favor Chinese investors. Police said 102 people were detained over the weekend after the protests turned violent. Authorities accused the protesters of throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at the People's Committee Headquarters in southeastern Binh Thuan province. Thousands of people demonstrated Sunday against the cyber and economic-zone bills the National Assembly is considering passing into law. One of the bills would allow foreign investors 99-year leases in special economic zones. Protesters said they feared this would give Chinese investors too much control. China's Embassy in Hanoi warned its citizens to be careful, referring to the pro...
Hamas warns of 'bloodier' Gaza protests

Hamas warns of 'bloodier' Gaza protests

World
A senior Hamas leader has warned that protests at Gaza's border fence with Israel will get bigger and "bloodier" unless there is an easing of the 10-year economic blockade of the coastal strip. Planned demonstrations this week are set to be further inflamed after 21-year-old medic, Razan al Najar, was shot dead at the border last Friday.The United Nations has called the incident "reprehensible".Clearly there is no end in sight to the protests and the intensity of the confrontation along the Gaza-Israel border is not easing.The air is thick with choking CS gas and the sporadic crack of passing bullets overwhelms ones senses. We filmed at one of the latest demonstrations against the economic blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt.Crowds ran towards waiting paramedics and ambula...
German-Russian pipeline takes shape despite US protests

German-Russian pipeline takes shape despite US protests

Technology
Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany's northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine. It also promises much-needed jobs in this poor German backwater, some three hours' drive north of Berlin. The United States and some other German allies have bristled at the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. Energy-poor Germany already relies heavily on Russian gas and so far Chancellor Angela Merkel has deftly kept the new $ 11...