LONDON (AP) — Climate change protesters who have brought parts of central London to a standstill for days say they will lift their blockades.
Dozens of neglected animals evacuated from Gaza zoo
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Dozens of neglected animals were evacuated from a ramshackle Gaza zoo on Sunday in the fourth and largest such rescue mission in the blockaded Palestinian...
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia are warning of potential unrest at a border crossing with Venezuela after droves of migrants broke through a blockade erected amid mounting...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in northern Mexico have broken up three wildcat picket lines at assembly plants in the border city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Over the weekend, Gaza's Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Militants fired five rockets from Gaza into Israel early Sunday, the Israeli military said, following a day of Palestinian mass protests along the Israel-Gaza...
The Latest: Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on protests at Gaza border with Israel (all times local):
The Israeli military says five rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip...
Hamas has developed a vast arsenal in blockaded Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday was one of the most powerful launched ever by Gaza militants, flying nearly 120 kilometers (70 miles) before it slammed...
MILAN (AP) — A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their school chaperones Wednesday, threatening the hostages' lives for 40 minutes and setting the bus on fire at a Carabinieri...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is facing the biggest demonstrations yet against its 12-year rule of the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of Palestinians taking to the streets in recent days to...
EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip (AP) — An ailing parrot in the blockaded Gaza Strip received treatment Tuesday from an Israeli animal rights group after its Palestinian owner appealed for help via...
Gazans protest Hamas tax hikes for a second day
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza for a second day to protest against tax hikes by Hamas authorities that have made life even harder in the blockaded...
Hamas cracks down on Gaza protests over cost of living
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip on Thursday forcibly dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting dire living conditions in the blockaded territory.
2 US lawmakers from Florida visit Venezuelan border
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida congresswomen met with the president of Colombia and saw where blockades were preventing humanitarian aid from getting to Venezuela during a visit to the...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that...
Opioid crisis engulfs blockaded Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An opioid crisis has quietly spread in the Gaza Strip, trapping thousands in the hell of addiction and adding another layer of misery to the blockaded and impoverished...
US charity opens cancer ward for children in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.S. charity on Tuesday inaugurated the first children's cancer department in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, bringing a much-needed service to the blockaded territory...
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Train blockades present test for Mexico’s leftist president
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Railroad blockades by radical teachers in Mexico are testing leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's promise not to use force against protesters.
Since taking office Dec. 1, Lopez Obrador has said he would handle all protests with negotiation. But the obstinacy of the teachers — who set up protest camps on railways in January to demand back pay — has exhausted the president's patience.
Palestinians, Israeli troops clash in West Bank, Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops skirmished Friday as hundreds demonstrated against violence by Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and thousands more against a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory. But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances depicted in the film.
Greek farmers vow to keep up roadblocks despite court action
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Farmers blocking a key highway in Greece for a second day to demand tax cuts are vowing to keep up their protest despite a summons for leaders to appear in court for transport disruptions.
Protest leader Rizos Maroudas on Tuesday accused the left-wing government of seeking their prosecution to avoid the embarrassment of ordering their arrest.
He said he and another nine organizers have received summonses for inciting the blockades.
Mexican union reaches pay deal with 18 of 48 border plants
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Striking workers in the Mexican border city of Matamoros said Monday they have reached deals with 18 of 48 assembly plants, winning wage increases of 20 percent.
The strike was in its fourth day in Matamoros, which is south of Brownsville, Texas, where more than 25,000 workers walked out Friday at 48 factories that make auto parts, medical equipment, plastics and other goods. More than one-third of the city's 130 border assembly plants were affected.
Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a small studio packed with sculptures made of scrap metal, Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid has found a new medium in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.
It's an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the outside world since Israel and Egypt imposed a crippling blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory more than a decade ago.
Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles
PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest protesters occupied dozens of traffic roundabouts across France on Sunday even as their movement for economic justice appeared to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of protests.
The cost of France’s protests running into billions
PARIS (AP) — France's wave of protests and violence over the past month or so has already cost the eurozone's second-largest economy a fortune.
Road blockades, demonstrations and successive weekends of rioting in Paris and other towns have left supermarket shelves empty, stopped shoppers from buying Christmas gifts and scared away tourists.
For Palestinian children in Gaza, an education in conflict
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Mazen al-Dalo took two of his young sons to see the Palestinian protests against Israel's decade-old blockade of Gaza, he knew it could be dangerous.
Rock-throwing demonstrators were being shot by Israeli soldiers, and armored Israeli jeeps were firing endless volleys of tear gas into the crowds.
To the barricades: why a nursery aide joins French protests
VILLENEUVE-LA-GARENNE, France (AP) — With a yellow safety vest tied to her backpack, Mathilde Pouzet set out for Paris on Nov. 17 for her first protest with a grassroots movement that is now shaking France. She returned for the next two, braving tear gas and dodging violence. Three weeks later, she was blockading a fuel depot of gas giant Total, until dozens of police in riot gear cleared out her small group.
The Latest: UN official says Houthis blocking access to food
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on Yemen developments as warring sides gather for U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden (all times local):
The head of the U.N. food agency has accused Shiite Houthi rebels of blocking access to food deliveries to civilians devastated by the war in Yemen.
French protesters angry over fuel taxes clash with police
PARIS (AP) — French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and beyond and staged road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes.
Smoke rises, sirens wail at Gaza’s deadly recurring protests
MALAKA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Atalla Fayoumi hobbles on crutches across the sunbaked plain near Israel's perimeter fence in the Gaza Strip, gazing toward plumes of smoke that have begun rising from a clutch of burning tires in the distance.
French minister says fuel tax protests smaller, more violent
PARIS (AP) — Citizen protests of fuel tax hikes are choking facilities critical to the French economy, and police have orders to remove the drivers blocking sensitive sites to show their anger, France's interior minister said Monday.
In a third day of actions, grassroots protesters blocked oil depots with their vehicles and disrupted English Channel traffic in a bid to keep up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron's government.
Climate change protesters block off 5 London bridges
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital's main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously.
A group called "Extinction Rebellion" encouraged sit-ins on the bridges Saturday as part of a coordinated week of action across the country.
Underlying issues keep Israel, Hamas locked in violent loop
JERUSALEM (AP) — A slew of grievances and major underlying issues have Israel and Hamas locked in a spiral of violence that has caused three wars in the last decade and repeated rounds of deadly fighting.
With an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, a riven Palestinian leadership and a militant Hamas, Gaza's predicament remains seemingly unsolvable.
Here is a look at each side's demands and what is keeping them in conflict:
Russia and Cuba vow to expand their ‘strategic’ ties
MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their "strategic" ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.
In a joint statement issued after their talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced U.S. "interference into domestic affairs of sovereign nations" and spoke in support of closer integration between Russia and Latin American nations.
In Gaza, tire shortage hits motorists but not protesters
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians in Gaza have coped with shortages of just about everything in more than a decade of border closures — from chocolate to medicines to fuel and building supplies. Now, six months of protests against an Israeli-Egyptian blockade have added an unexpected item to that list: car tires.
Tires are a favored item by demonstrators during the weekly protests — they are set on fire, then tossed toward Israeli troops across the border.
The Latest: Migrant caravan advances after police blockade
ARRIAGA, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on the caravan of Central American migrants hoping to travel through Mexico to the U.S. (all times local):
Mexican federal officers have abandoned a blockade they formed on a bridge to prevent a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants from advancing.
Cuban diplomats disrupt UN meeting called by US on prisoners
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 20 Cuban diplomats and supporters disrupted a U.N. meeting called Tuesday by the United States to spotlight the island nation's political prisoners, loudly banging on tables and shouting in Spanish, "Cuba, yes! U.S. blockade, no!"
Israel warns Hamas of ‘painful’ strikes if protests go on
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened "very painful blows" against Gaza's Hamas rulers if they don't halt protests along the perimeter fence that have led to clashes with Israeli troops.
Netanyahu said Israel is very close to waging a "different kind of activity" against the Islamic militants. He said "if it has any sense, Hamas will cease its fire and violent outbursts — now."
3 Palestinians, including teenager, killed in Gaza protest
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces shot dead three Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, as thousands of people protested Friday along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry said.
The ministry said the boy was struck in the chest, a 24-year-old man was shot in the back and another man, 28, succumbed to his wounds at hospital.
It added that 126 protesters were wounded by live fire.
2 Palestinians, including teenager, killed in Gaza protest
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, as thousands of people protested Friday along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry said.
The ministry said the boy was struck in the chest while the other, a 24-year-old man, was shot in the back. It added that 126 protesters were wounded by live fire.
Hamas leader to Israeli newspaper: war ‘not in our interest’
JERUSALEM (AP) — The leader of the Islamist militant group Hamas tells an Israeli newspaper that another war in the Gaza Strip is "definitely not in our interest."
Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth published a rare interview with Yahya Sinwar on Friday in which he viewed a cease-fire with Israel as entailing "complete calm" and an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza. He said "through war we don't achieve anything."
Gaza medics say Israeli fire wounds dozens of protesters
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says 37 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire at a beach protest.
The ministry says thousands protested Monday near the land and sea barrier in the northwestern corner of the Gaza Strip, and that dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Fishing boats raising Palestinian flags participated in the protest against the blockade of Gaza, calling for an end to decade-long restrictions on fishing.
Palestinians bury 7 killed in latest flare-up in Gaza Strip
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Gazans on Saturday thronged the funerals of seven people killed by Israeli troops during mass protests the previous day, chanting anti-Israel and anti-U.S. slogans and calling for revenge.
The coastal strip's ruling Hamas militant group, meanwhile, dispatched a delegation to Egypt in a desperate new attempt to ease a crippling blockade on the Palestinian territory.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The aftershocks of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem and bloodshed on the Gaza border are shaking up the region, including the relationship between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his former negotiating partners, Israel and the U.S.
Seething over a perceived U.S. betrayal on Jerusalem, Abbas is preparing to pursue a war crimes complaint against Israel at the International Criminal Court that would sharply escalate tensions with Israel.
The Latest: Israeli military sends aid to Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):
Israel says the military has delivered eight trucks full of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, where Israeli troops firing from across the border killed nearly 60 Palestinians at mass border protests on Monday.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The latest on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protest (all times local):
The Gaza Health Ministry says the Palestinian death toll in Gaza border protests has risen to 58, including 57 people killed by Israeli army fire and a baby who died from tear gas inhalation.
The ministry says six of those killed by gunshots were minors.
The Middle East is bracing for milestone events packed into one week that could reverberate in unforeseen ways and change the trajectory of a region shaped by growing conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia, leaders of the Shiite and Sunni Muslim camps.