In India, Protesters and Modi Tussle Over Who Can Claim Gandhi

NEW DELHI — The protesters who are challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-centric vision for India liberally evoke the legacy of a national icon: Mohandas K. Gandhi, who wanted a country where Hindus and Muslims lived together and a secular government kept the peace. So it has been galling for them to watch Mr. Modi […]

Iraqi Security Forces Push to Regain Control of Cities from Protesters

BAGHDAD—Iraqi security forces on Saturday regained control over some areas in central Baghdad and southern cities after an influential cleric withdrew his support for widespread protests, clearing the way for the government to end a nearly four-month-old uprising. The push on the part of Iraqi security forces to dislodge the protesters provoked deadly clashes, raising […]

Protesters Mass in Baghdad, Demanding U.S. Leave Iraq

BAGHDAD — Throngs of Iraqis gathered on the streets of the capital, Baghdad, in the early hours of Friday to protest the United States military presence in the country at the behest of a leading populist cleric and of armed forces with ties to Iran. The demonstration comes three weeks after the United States launched […]

Protesters Attack U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Chanting ‘Death to America’

BAGHDAD — Protesters broke into the heavily guarded compound of the United States Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday and set fires inside in anger over American airstrikes that killed 24 members of an Iranian-backed militia over the weekend. The men did not enter the main embassy buildings and later withdrew from the compound, joining thousands […]

Iran’s Leaders Soften Stance on Protesters

Faced with a simmering fury in the country, Iran’s leaders on Wednesday abruptly softened their stance toward street protests that are believed to have left hundreds of civilians dead last month, the most lethal crackdown since the 1979 revolution. The change, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, signaled that the […]

Iran Used Firearms in Deadly Crackdown on Protesters, Officials Admit

Two weeks after protests gripped Iran — and quickly turned deadly — the government has acknowledged that security officers used firearms to quell the widespread demonstrations but it has denied unofficial accounts that hundreds were killed. Iran’s state television confirmed on Monday night that security forces had shot and killed protesters who had taken refuge […]

Hong Kong Protesters Return in Force a Week After Vote Bolsters Their Cause

HONG KONG — After a relative lull in the protests, thousands of pro-democracy activists turned out Sunday for three demonstrations a week after scoring a major victory in elections that were viewed as a broad endorsement of the movement’s goals. The vote last Sunday saw pro-democracy candidates win 87 percent of the seats in local […]

Protesters in Iraq topple a prime minister but want more

FOR TWO months Iraq has been buffeted by big protests. Tens of thousands of people, angry over corruption, poor governance and a lack of jobs, have taken to the streets in Baghdad and the Shia south. The government has promised reforms. The security forces have fired liberally on the demonstrators. Neither tactic has worked. Things […]

Iraq Protesters Burn Down Iran Consulate in Night of Anger

BAGHDAD — Iraqi protesters in the southern city of Najaf burned down the Iranian Consulate there on Wednesday night in an outburst of anger at Iran, witnesses said. Video showed sizable crowds outside the consulate shouting “Out, out Iran!” and waving Iraqi flags as the building burned. Thirty-five protesters and 32 members of the Iraqi […]

Hong Kong Violence Escalates as Police and Protesters Clash at University

HONG KONG — Hundreds of Hong Kong activists armed with firebombs and bows-and-arrows on Monday battled riot police who have laid a days-long siege to a university, the most violent confrontation yet in a half-year of protests. Early Monday, the police tried storming the campus at the main entrance and made some arrests. But the […]

Hong Kong Police Break Out the Tear Gas Early, Sending Protesters Scrambling

HONG KONG—Police fired water cannons and tear gas early in the day in an effort to break up a pro-democracy demonstration that brought tens of thousands of people into the streets, showing recent government efforts had failed to soothe months of unrest in the city. The early show of force caught protesters off guard. In […]

Iraqi Protesters Flood Baghdad Square Despite Violent Crackdown

BAGHDAD — Masked and black clad security forces fired barrages of pepper spray, tear gas and sound bombs into crowds of antigovernment protesters in a central Baghdad square for hours on Saturday evening, timing their assault at one point to a shutdown of electricity that left the area enveloped in darkness. The demonstrators — who […]

Catalonia Protesters Push on Vote for Independence

BARCELONA—Catalonia’s secessionist leader Thursday pledged another referendum on independence from Spain, after days of clashes between police and protesters left hundreds of people injured. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets since Spain’s highest court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan pro-independence leaders to between nine and 13 years in jail over their roles in […]