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Maldives: Mutinous Police Take Over State TV

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in the Maldives say mutinous police have taken over state television facilities and are broadcasting opposition calls for President Mohamed Nasheed to step down. An ongoing constitutional crisis escalated Tuesday when about three dozen police officers joined an opposition rally and attacked another nearby demonstration led by members of the ruling party. Security forces […]

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Maldives: Dozens of Police Join Opposition Protest

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces in the Maldives used tear gas Tuesday to disrupt an opposition-led protest in the capital of Male. A spokesman for President Mohamed Nasheed said the clashes began when about three dozen police officers joined the opposition rally and attacked another nearby demonstration led by members of the ruling party. There were no confirmed […]

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Russians Brave Cold to Rally For Fair Elections

Posted February 4th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Despite bitter cold temperatures tens of thousands of protesters turned out in Moscow and other Russian cities Saturday to demand fair elections, but also to support the government. Russian news media say up to 35,000 people participated in the rally in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square. But organizers say there were many more. Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, […]

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Russian Capital Witness to Third Anti-Putin Rally

Posted February 4th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Despite bitter cold temperatures and facing a presidential election just one month of away, tens of thousands of protesters turned out in Moscow and other Russian cities on Saturday. A large crowd opposed to the candidacy of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin filled the streets of the Russian capital while a pro-Putin rally was held a […]

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Russians Hold Dueling Political Rallies

Posted February 4th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of people in Russia are braving bitter cold weather in Moscow to participate in a pair of political rallies: one calling for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to step down, the other supporting him. Russia’s democracy movement is staging the anti-government demonstration to demand greater political freedom, exactly one month before the presidential […]

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Russia’s Capital Braces For Protests

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of people in Russia are expected to brave the cold weather in Moscow Saturday to participate in what could be the country’s first big pro-democracy rally of the year. Russia’s democracy movement is staging the anti-government demonstration exactly one month before the presidential vote to demand greater political freedom. Polls show that […]

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Moscow Drivers Cover Cars in White to Protest Putin

Posted January 29th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian motorists staged a new protest Sunday against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s likely return to the presidency by covering their cars in white and driving around Moscow. Organizers say as many as 3,000 cars with white balloons, ribbons or other decorations drove around the Garden Ring — a major highway circling the Russian capital. Those […]

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Budapest Rally Gathers 100,000 Government Supporters

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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An estimated 100,000 people have rallied in Hungary’s capital to support Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is under fire over controversial media reforms. The protest Saturday in Budapest was organized by supporters of the ruling center-right Fidesz party, led by Mr. Orban. Many of those taking part carried Hungarian flags, sang patriotic songs and chanted […]

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Police Clash With Anti-EU Protesters in Croatia

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Croatia’s capital clashed with nationalist protesters Saturday, on the eve of a crucial vote on the country’s membership in the European Union. About 1,000 protesters, many of them independence war veterans, gathered in Zagreb’s central square, carrying banners saying “No to EU” or “I love Croatia,” and chanting anti-EU slogans. Using loudspeakers, activists […]

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Chinese Revolt Leader Becomes Village Head

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A man who led mass protests against land confiscations in a southern China village has been appointed as its head, in a rare move by China’s government. China’s state run news agency, Xinhua, says Lin Zuluan has become the new party head of Wukan village in southern Guangdong province. It said Lin would help to […]

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