Turkish police detain two hunger-striking teachers in raids – lawyers

By Ece Toksabay and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, May 22 : Turkish police detained two teachers overnight who have been on hunger strike for more than two months protesting against a government crackdown in which they lost their jobs following last year’s failed coup, their lawyers said today. The detention of literature professor Nuriye Gulmen and […]

Tunisia forces clash with protesters, one killed, stations burned

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, May 22 : Tunisian security forces firing teargas clashed with protesters today after they burned down two police stations following the death of a young man hit by a police vehicle during protests over jobs in the south. Unrest in Tatatouine province have escalated into violence after protesters targeted oil and […]

Thousands rally in north Morocco protest march

By Samia Errazzouki AL-HOCEIMA, Morocco, May 19 : Thousands of Moroccans marched in a northern town to protest against injustice and corruption, seven months after a fishmonger was crushed inside a garbage truck there while trying to retrieve fish confiscated by the police. Waving banners proclaiming “Are you a government or a gang?” and local […]

US decries Washington brawl during Turkish president’s visit

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, May 17 : The United States today said it was voicing its “strongest possible” concern to Turkey over a street brawl that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington. Police said the fighting outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Tuesday injured 11 people, including […]

In marginalized south Tunisia, unrest over gas tests government

By Zoubhir Souissi KAMOUR, Tunisia, May 15 : In Tatatouine province in Tunisia’s southern Sahara, around 1,000 protesters living in a makeshift campsite are threatening to blockade roads used by foreign companies to access nearby gas and oilfields. They want a larger slice of the gas proceeds to go towards the development of Tatatouine, an […]

North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new U.S. sanctions

By Ju-min Park SEOUL, May 12 : North Korea sent a rare letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives today warning that a new package of tougher sanctions would only spur its development of nuclear weapons, North Korea’s state media reported. The protest was lodged by the recently revived Foreign Affairs Committee of […]