Tag Archives: Social issues

Deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — A bloody, hourslong gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum echoed into Friday, with authorities saying the police mission killed two dozen criminals while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses. It was just after sunrise Thursday when dozens of officers from Rio de Janeiro state’s civil police stormed Jacarezinho, a […]

EU leaders attend summit in person for 1st time this year

LISBON, Portugal — On the list of things not to do during a pandemic, holding big international gatherings is close to the top. But European Union leaders and their large following of diplomats and advisers are meeting in Portugal on Friday for two days of talks, sending a signal that they see the threat from […]

New Zealand leader Ardern takes tougher stance on China

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took a tougher stance on China’s human rights record by saying it was getting harder to reconcile differences as China’s role in the world grows By NICK PERRY Associated Press May 3, 2021, 5:30 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WELLINGTON, New Zealand […]

Workers protest Indonesia’s labor law in May Day rallies

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Workers in Indonesia marked international labor day on Saturday with significantly less-attended marches due to coronavirus restrictions, but thousands still vented their anger at a new law they say harms their rights and welfare. About 50,000 workers from 3,000 companies and factories were expected to take part in traditional May Day marches […]

Indonesia arrests firebrand cleric’s lawyer over attacks

Members of Indonesia’s counterterrorism police have arrested the lawyer of a firebrand cleric and accused him of inciting people to commit terrorist acts and of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, officials said By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press April 27, 2021, 3:11 PM • 3 min read JAKARTA, Indonesia — Members of Indonesia’s counterterrorism […]

New players pose additional threats to Jerusalem tensions

JERUSALEM — The holy city of Jerusalem, a tinderbox of competing religious and political claims, has repeatedly triggered bouts of Israeli-Palestinian violence. This time around, there have been some additional sparks, including Jewish extremists who, emboldened by their political patrons’ recent election to parliament, staged a provocative march to Jerusalem’s walled Old City chanting “death […]

French protesters call for trial for Jewish woman’s killer

Crowds have gathered in Paris and other French cities to denounce a ruling by France’s highest court that the killer of Jewish woman Sarah Halimi was not criminally responsible and therefore could not go on trial By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press April 25, 2021, 1:19 PM • 2 min read PARIS — Crowds gathered Sunday […]

Israeli police arrest dozens in night of chaos in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli police said 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were wounded in a night of chaos in Jerusalem, where security forces separately clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby. Tensions have spiked in recent days in Jerusalem, which has long been a flashpoint […]

Venezuela’s Maduro begins allowing aid against hunger, virus

CARACAS, Venezuela — For a second time this month, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached an agreement with the sort of global aid agencies he has often shunned to bring help to his country’s people. Maduro this week signed a deal to let the United Nations World Food Program provide school meals for 1.5 million […]

‘Look after my babies’: In Ethiopia, a Tigray family’s quest

Gunfire crackled near the straw-woven home of Abraha Kinfe Gebremariam. He hoped it drowned out the cries of his wife, curled up in pain, and the newborn twin daughters wailing beside her. The violence had broken out in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region at the worst possible time for Abraha and his family. Their village of […]