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Protests break out in Lahore as interim govt steps up crackdown against PML-N

PML-N activists gathered outside the Shafiqabad police station, shouted slogans against the administration and burned tyres

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French policeman charged with manslaughter as shooting sparks riots

A French policeman who shot dead a young black man in western France earlier this week, sparking four nights of rioting, has been charged with manslaughter, his lawyer said as fresh clashes erupted between youths and police early Saturday. The unrest has again highlighted tensions in deprived urban areas of France, where local youths often…

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No water, no patience: Protests break out in Karachi, Hyderabad

Muhammad Ali Hafeez & Faqir Saleem The taps in many parts of Karachi and Hyderabad have no water. Karachi’s online water tanker service is of no use either. The people headed to the KWSB managing director’s office to protest. “I have been trying to call the water board since 9am,” said one man from Clifton….

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Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned

Fresh protests were expected Tuesday a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. Palestinians on Tuesday mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in…

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Israeli military drops warning leaflets into Gaza as border protests build

The Israeli military dropped leaflets and fired tear gas into Gaza early on Monday, warning Palestinians to stay away from the border with Israel as protesters gathered for the penultimate day of a six-week demonstration. Protests are expected to escalate on Monday, the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Israel and the day the US…

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France to step up security before next protests after May Day violence: minister

France will increase police numbers for the next round of protests over economic reforms after violent clashes marred the annual May Day rally in Paris, interior minister Gerard Collomb said on Wednesday. Police said 109 people had been held in custody after Tuesday’s clashes, when masked and hooded anarchists hijacked the traditional May 1 rally…

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Hazara sit-ins: Interior Minister reaches Quetta for talks

In an attempt to persuade the protesting Hazaras to end sit-ins, Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has reached Quetta to meet community elders. Quetta’s Hazaras are protesting against the unabated killings of community members in targeted shootings. The minister will also chair a meeting to review law and order situation in the provincial capital. Ban…

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Protests break out as Karachi runs out of water

Reporting By: Syed Khursheed Alam KARACHI: Protests are taking place in many parts of Karachi due to water shortage. The city is facing shortage of water as it is not getting the required 100 million gallons of water. Water theft and power outages at the pumping stations are also the main reason as to why…

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TLYR ends sit-ins after successful talks with government

LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) called off their nationwide sit-ins late Thursday night after successful talks with the Punjab government. “Federal and provincial governments have agreed to implement Faizabad agreement,” group’s chairman Pir Afzal Qadri said. “They will make public Raja Zafarul Haq committee’s report and Rana Sanaullah will appear before the clerics.” The government…

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TLYR takes over major Lahore roads 

LAHORE: A group that shut down Islamabad-Rawalpindi a year ago has renewed its protest, this time in Lahore, where it has started sit-ins at major roads. Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) have spread to what they claim are more than 80 places in the city. This is a continuation of their dharna last year over…

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Water supply in Karachi suspended due to loadshedding

KARACHI: Water supply to many parts of Karachi was suspended due to loadshedding. Protests were held in many parts of the city due to suspension of water supply. “There is no water and electricity,” the citizens said. “We are facing problems day and night.” They continued: “Routine life is being affected by the outages.” Several…

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Caste protests across India leave at least six dead

New Delhi: Low-caste Dalits fought street battles with police on Monday that left at least six dead as protests against a Supreme Court rights ruling swept across large swathes of India. Protesters clashed with security forces, attacked buses and government buildings, and blocked trains and major roads. Four were reported dead in the central state…

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Protests in Iran against ‘insult to Arab citizens’, water crisis

TEHRAN: Thousands of Arab citizens gathered in the southwest Iranian city of Ahwaz to protest against Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) corporation after a children’s program allegedly omitted any mention of their culture during a show celebrating the country’s diversity. Also, a number of anti-government protests broke out in the country over water crisis….

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Protests break out at universities

By Ehsan Ansari, Muhammad Atif and Sonia Shehzad Protests have broken out at a number of universities Quaid-i-Azam University, Punjab University and varsities in Sindh, including Karachi University, are facing protests as the administration, teachers and students bring up demands. At QAU in Islamabad, permanent teachers and syndicate members are protesting against the vice-chancellor. Some…

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Iran protests ban on wrestler who threw bout to avoid Israeli

Tehran: Iran’s wrestling federation has said it will protest a decision to ban one of its athletes and the national coach for deliberately throwing a match to avoid fighting an Israeli opponent. Alireza Karimi Mashiani threw a match against his Russian opponent in the under-23 world championships in Poland in November to avoid fighting Israel’s…

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Protests across Bahrain on 7th anniversary of uprising

Dubai: Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Bahrain on Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising, witnesses said, reporting clashes between demonstrators and police. Protesters, including many women, chanted anti-regime slogans and paid tribute to the “victims of repression” languishing in the Gulf state’s jails, the witnesses added. Security forces…

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As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office, reported Reuters. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other…

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#JusticeForZainab: Is Protest the Answer?

By: Muhammad Raza Haidery There are no words to describe the horrific rape and killing of seven-year old Zainab Ansari in Kasur, the burial place of renowned Sufi poet Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah. But the city has earned a notorious reputation for one of the most horrendous crimes on earth – child  abuse. In 2015,…

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Iran declares victory following week of unrest that left 21 dead

NEWS DESK: Huge counter-demonstrations have taken place against the protests in Iran with the head of the Revolutionary Guards declaring victory against “forces of sedition”, which had sought to create “anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in the Islamic Republic”, reported The Independent. As what was described by the state media as “the revolutionary outburst of Iranian…

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Iranian police arrest 100 protesters in capital as crackdown intensifies

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. REUTERS LONDON: Iranian police arrested 100 protesters in the capital on Monday, the deputy governor of Tehran said, as a police crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week, reported Reuters. Security forces have struggled to contain protests that…

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Ten killed in Iran unrest on Sunday: state television

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in west London, Britain December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh DUBAI: Ten people were killed during street protests in Iran on Sunday, state television said on Monday, reported Reuters. The nationwide protests have drawn in tens of thousands of people and represent the…

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