Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of ‘zero COVID’

BEIJING — A campaign to vaccinate the elderly has sparked hopes China might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign, but the country faces daunting hurdles and up to a year of hard work before “zero COVID” can end. Stock markets rose after the National Health Commission on … Read more

Iran protests rage on streets as officials renew threats

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Protests in Iran raged on streets into Thursday with demonstrators remembering a bloody crackdown in the country’s southeast, even as the nation’s intelligence minister and army chief renewed threats against local dissent and the broader world. Meanwhile, a top official in Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard claimed it had “managed to … Read more

Thousands march in Peru, demanding resignation of leftist President Castillo

Thousands of protesters march through the streets of Lima to demand the resignation of leftist President Pedro Castillo, who is under an unprecedented six investigations for alleged corruption, in Lima, Peru on November 5, 2022. Klebher Vasquez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Thousands of people took to the streets across Peru on Saturday to demand the … Read more

Inflation protests across Europe threaten political turmoil

LONDON — In Romania, protesters blew horns and banged drums to voice their dismay over the rising cost of living. People across France took to the streets to demand pay increases that keep pace with inflation. Czech demonstrators rallied against government handling of the energy crisis. British railway staff and German pilots held strikes to … Read more

Iran’s celebrities face reprisals for supporting protests

BAGHDAD — Singers, actors, sports stars — the list goes on. Iranian celebrities have been startlingly public in their support for the massive anti-government protests shaking their country. And the ruling establishment is lashing back. Celebrities have found themselves targeted for arrest, have had passports confiscated and faced other harassment. Among the most notable cases … Read more

Breonna Taylor warrant details deepen mistrust in police

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Recent revelations about the search warrant that led to Breonna Taylor’s death have reopened old wounds in Louisville’s Black community and disrupted the city’s efforts to restore trust in the police department. Former Louisville officer Kelly Goodlett admitted in federal court that she and another officer falsified information in the warrant. That … Read more

Disputing Iran’s version, mom says teen was beaten to death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The mother of a 16-year-old Iranian girl has disputed official claims that her daughter fell to her death from a high building, saying the teen was killed by blows to the head as part of the crackdown on anti-hijab protests roiling the country. Nasreen Shakarami also said authorities kept her … Read more

Kurdish officials: Death toll climbs in Iranian drone attack

KOYA, Iraq — An Iranian drone bombing campaign targeting the bases of an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq on Wednesday killed at least nine people and wounded 32 others, the Kurdish Regional Government’s Health Ministry said. The strikes took place as demonstrations continued to engulf the Islamic Republic after the death of Mahsa Amini, … Read more

Pro-government rallies held in Iran amid mass protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iranian counterprotesters gathered across the country on Friday in a show of support for authorities after nearly a week of anti-government protests and unrest over the death of a young woman who was being held by the morality police. A few thousand people attended a rally in the capital, Tehran, … Read more

At least 9 killed as Iran protests spread over woman’s death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters angry over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody have killed at least nine people since the violence erupted over the weekend, according to a tally Thursday by The Associated Press. The scope of Iran’s ongoing unrest, the worst in several … Read more