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Trump rushed to White House bunker as protests over George Floyd death raged outside

Trump rushed to White House bunker as protests over George Floyd death raged outside

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Donald Trump was rushed to a White House bunker as hundreds of people protesting against the death of George Floyd gathered outside, throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades.The US president is believed to have spent almost an hour being sheltered in the bunker - designed for use in emergencies such as terrorist attacks - as violent demonstrations continued across dozens of US cities. Clashes outside the White House ...
Coronavirus: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

Coronavirus: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Protesters have taken to the streets in states across the US, demanding that governors reopen economies shut by the coronavirus pandemic.Rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Washington state took place on Sunday, following earlier protests in half a dozen states.Agitation for easing restrictions has grown, despite the risk of a Covid-19 resurgence posed by reopening too soon.US President Donald Trump has signalled support for the protests. The US has become the centre of the Covid-19 crisis, with over 735,000 cases and some 40,000 deaths - but signs have emerged that it is reaching the apex of the outbreak and that infection rates are slowing in some states. ...
New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

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The Eiffel Tower is closed because of a strike and unions are holding new protests against changes to France's retirement systemByThe Associated PressJanuary 24, 2020, 10:15 AM3 min readPARIS -- The Eiffel Tower shut down Friday as French unions held last-ditch strikes and protests around the country on the day the government unveils a divisive bill redesigning the national retirement system. Travelers faced renewed disruptions on regional trains and the Paris subway on the 50th straight day of record strikes, and some schools and other public services also faced walkouts. The Eiffel Tower closed exceptionally, and the Versailles chateau and Louvre Museum warned visitors of potential disruptions. The number of striking workers and halted trains dropped considerably this week after the go...
Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran's leaders have faced a second day of protests following their admission the military shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 people on board, many of them Iranians.Protesters in Tehran and in several other cities chanted slogans against the leadership.Clashes with security forces and the firing of tear gas are reported.Iran admitted "unintentionally" hitting the plane after initially denying it, amid rising tensions with the US.The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was shot down near Tehran last Wednesday, shortly after Iran had launched missiles at two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.Those strikes were a response to the US killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani ...
Hong Kong protests: Christmas Eve rallies lead to clashes

Hong Kong protests: Christmas Eve rallies lead to clashes

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Police in Hong Kong have battled pro-democracy protesters with tear gas in some of the most sustained unrest seen in the Chinese territory in weeks.Demonstrators - some wearing Santa hats or reindeer horns to mark Christmas Eve - held flashmob rallies in multiple shopping centres, while others took to the streets of a popular tourist area.Some threw petrol bombs, while police used pepper spray and batons. Hong Kong has seen six months of anti-government protests.The protests started in June over a controversial extradition bill, and have now evolved into a broader movement demanding an investigation into police brutality, and democratic reform.The territory's pro-democracy movement made unprecedented gains in local elections in N...