Police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered Sunday against a controversial security law proposed by China, in the most intense clashes for months. As the demonstrators and police were facing off in the semi-autonomous financial hub, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi insisted in Beijing that the proposed law must be imposed "without the slightest delay".
New demonstrations are planned across Germany against coronavirus restrictions this weekend, dpa reported. Protests are set to take place in the capital Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt and Hanover.
Pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong vowed Friday to take to the streets in protest over what they said was China's fiercest assault on the city's treasured autonomy with its move to impose a security law. The new law is said to ban "treason, secession, sedition and subversion" and could bypass Hong Kong's lawmakers.
Serbia’s special police were deployed on Monday to keep apart supporters of the populist government and the opposition, who were holding separate rallies in Belgrade, news wires reported. Political tensions rise in the country ahead of next month’s parliamentary election.
Populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged his followers on Sunday to help security forces clear roads blocked during months of sit-in protests, calling for “day-to-day life” to resume following the appointment of a new prime minister.
China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. It comes after last week US President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which requires the president to annually review the city's favourable trade status and threatens to revoke it if the semi-autonomous territory's freedoms are quashed.
Chinese technology giant Alibaba on Friday confirmed its plans to list in Hong Kong in what is considered a $13bn vote of confidence in the turbulent city's markets and a step forward in its plans to go global. The enormous IPO, which Hong Kong had lobbied for, will come as a boost for authorities wrestling with pro-democracy protests that have tarnished the financial hub's image for order and security and hammered its stock market.
Iraq's President Barham Salih says Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has agreed to stand down if the right replacement can be found to avoid a constitutional vacuum. The announcement comes amid a swell of deadly anti-government protests that saw thousands of people blaming the government for corruption, unemployment and poor public services and demanding for reform.
Hundreds of Iraqi protesters have remained in Baghdad's central Tahrir Square on Sunday, despite the bloody crackdown that killed at least 60 people over the weekend and an overnight raid by security forces seeking to disperse them.
More than one million people took to the streets in Chile Friday for the largest protests in a week of deadly demonstrations demanding economic reforms and the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera.