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Hundreds arrested, roads barricaded in New Caledonia as riots continue

Sydney, Australia Reuters Armed forces were protecting New Caledonia’s two airports and port after a third night of violent riots that have killed four people, the Pacific Island’s top French official said on Thursday morning, adding at least four alleged instigators were under house arrest. In three municipalities on the French-ruled island, gendarmes faced about […]

Georgian parliament passes ‘foreign agent’ bill, prompting US anger, new protests

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters Georgia’s parliament on Tuesday passed the third and final reading of a “foreign agents” bill, prompting a warning from the United States that if the legislation failed to meet European Union standards, Washington could review relations. Thousands of protesters, who along with Western nations denounce the bill as authoritarian and Russian-inspired, massed […]

New Caledonia closes airport, imposes curfew after violence

Wellington, New Zealand Reuters New Caledonia mobilised security forces, closed its international airport and imposed a curfew in the capital after protests turned violent and police were attacked, the French High Commission said on Tuesday. A view of burnt cars in the aftermath of protests, ahead of a debate in the French National Assembly on […]

Israel holds toned down Independence Day celebrations as Gaza war rages

Jerusalem Reuters Israel began toned down Independence Day celebrations at sundown on Monday, with hopes for an end to the seven-month-old Gaza war dim, anti-government protests growing and internal divisions festering. As the country marks its 76th year, firework displays were cancelled and the traditional torch-lighting ceremony at the Jerusalem national cemetery will be taped […]

Georgian PM vows to pass ‘foreign agent’ bill next week after thousands protest

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze vowed on Sunday to push ahead with a law on “foreign agents” that has sparked a political crisis, after opponents of the bill rallied in one of the largest protests seen since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Kobakhidze told a televised briefing that the ruling […]

EU, US urge Georgia to halt ‘foreign agents’ bill as protests continue

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters The European Union and US on Thursday condemned legislation making its way through Georgia’s parliament on “foreign agents” and thousands of protesters snarled traffic in the capital with a peaceful protest against the bill. The bill would require organisations receiving more than 20 per cent of their funding from abroad to register […]

Georgian police crack down on ‘foreign agent’ bill protesters with water cannon, tear gas

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters Georgian security forces used water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades against protesters outside parliament late on Tuesday, sharply escalating a crackdown after lawmakers debated a “foreign agents” bill which is viewed by the opposition and Western nations as authoritarian and Russian-inspired. Reuters eyewitnesses saw some police officers physically attack protesters, who […]

Georgia’s Ivanishvili lashes out at West amid ‘foreign agent’ bill crisis

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters Bidzina Ivanishvili, the influential billionaire founder of Georgia’s ruling party, accused a Western “global party of war” of meddling in Georgia in a rare speech at a rally backing a bill on foreign agents that has sparked a political crisis in the South Caucasus country. Ivanishvili, who served as Georgia’s Prime Minister […]

Thousands protest in Georgia against ‘foreign agents’ bill

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters Thousands of Georgians marched through the capital, Tbilisi, on Sunday, as protests built against a bill on “foreign agents” that the country’s opposition and Western countries have said is authoritarian and Russian-inspired. Georgia’s parliament said it would hold the bill’s second reading on Tuesday, with opposition parties and civil society groups calling […]

US House Speaker Johnson heckled and booed at Columbia, centre of Gaza protests

New York/Los Angeles Reuters Columbia University students heckled House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday as he visited the flashpoint of nationwide student demonstrations over the Israeli war in Gaza, even as the New York school agreed to 48 more hours of negotiations to end a protest encampment. Johnson’s visit, which he said was meant to […]