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Dozens protest William and Kate’s visit to Montreal

MONTREAL — Dozens of anti-monarchists protested the arrival of Britain’s Prince William and his bride Catherine at a Montreal children’s hospital Saturday during the royals’ tour of Canada. The protesters were outnumbered, however, by hundreds of well-wishers at the Sainte-Justine hospital seeking a glimpse of the newlyweds on day three…

Petraeus won’t resign over Afghan troop withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON — The US commander in the Afghan war said Thursday he disgreed with President Barack Obama’s decision for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan but ruled out resigning in protest. General David Petraeus, the outgoing commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, said he favored a more modest timeline for…

Activists: Syrian gov’t crushing dissent town by town

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces kept crushing dissent town-by-town and rounding up opposition leaders on Thursday, activists said, in an unrelenting crackdown that Washington has slammed as “barbaric.” The army and security services arrested dozens of people in the flashpoint coastal city of Banias and the neighbouring villages of…

Thousands march for May Day across inflation-hit Asia

HONG KONG — Thousands of people took to the streets across Asia on Sunday, marking May Day from Indonesia to South Korea with demands for better rights and wages for workers facing soaring living costs. Several thousand marched in Hong Kong in a noisy procession calling for stronger labour laws,…

Koran-burning Florida pastor vows to return to protest after ban

DETROIT (Reuters) – The controversial Florida pastor banned from protesting near a Detroit-area mosque says he plans to return next week for a protest aimed at the court that found him to be a risk to public safety. Terry Jones, 59, said he would return to Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday and lead a…

Thousands join competing Moscow rallies

MOSCOW — Thousands protested Russia’s ruling regime in central Moscow on Saturday calling for transparent elections as the pro-Kremlin Nashi movement staged a massive anti-corruption demonstration. Up to 3,000 people protested on Moscow’s Bolotnaya square near the Kremlin in a protest organised by the unregistered oppositional Party for People’s Freedom,…

Egypt military to reconsider protester sentences

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers, who have drawn fire from youth groups for a crackdown on protests, said on Thursday they were reviewing the cases of protesters recently sentenced in military trials. The transitional military government, which took over after protests forced president Hosni Mubarak from office in February, said…

Mourners flood Syrian protest town: activists

DAMASCUS — Tens of thousands of Syrians gathered on Sunday in Douma near Damascus to bury eight people killed during pro-reform protests, as a Facebook group drummed up week-long rallies in their honour. The funerals came as President Bashar al-Assad asked former agriculture minister Adel Safar to form a new…

‘Ten UN workers killed’ at Afghan Koran protest

Update: As many as 20 U.N. workers killed Up to 20 U.N. workers were killed Friday when protesters overran a compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, according to Reuters. Two foreigners were said to be beheaded. Original report continues below… KABUL — Ten foreign UN workers were killed on Friday in an attack…

Sudan’s cyber-defenders take on Facebook protesters

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Medical student Ahmed Widaa was content to support Sudan’s ruling party from the sidelines for years, until the uprisings in Tunisia and neighboring Egypt made him worry that Sudan could be next. With revolutionary zeal, the 21-year-old now lobbies online to defend the status quo — one of many pro-government youth taking to the…

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