Protests

Iran protests: Violence on third day of demonstrations

Two demonstrators in Dorud in western Iran have sustained gunshot wounds, a video posted on social media and verified by BBC Persian shows.

Videos filmed elsewhere in the country show protesters setting fire to a police vehicles and there are reports of attacks on government buildings.

It is the biggest display of dissent since huge pro-reform rallies in 2009.

Demonstrators have ignored a warning by Iran's interior minister to avoid "illegal gatherings".

Iran cities hit by anti-government protests

Large numbers reportedly turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshah, in the west, with smaller protests in Isfahan, Hamadan and elsewhere.

The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies.

A small number of people have been arrested in Tehran, the capital.

They were among a group of 50 people who gathered in a city square, Tehran's deputy governor-general for security affairs told the Iranian Labour News Agency.

Outrage after prosecutor blames a woman for her death

In the blacklash women have been tweeting about how they would be accused of being responsible for their murders if the spotlight was turned on the way they lived their lives rather than the prosecutor putting the focus on the actions of the killer.

Lesby Berlin Osorio, 22, was strangled on Wednesday night with a telephone cord on the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) campus in Mexico City.

Venezuela crisis: 2 shot dead at anti-government protests

A teenager died in the capital Caracas and a woman was killed in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand new presidential elections and the release of jailed opposition politicians.

President Maduro has accused the opposition of attacking the police and looting shops.

He said more than 30 arrests had been made. Supporters of the government are holding a rival rally in Caracas.

Ireland protests abortion ban on International Women's Day

Traffic ground to a halt in parts of Dublin Wednesday as women and abortion rights activists sang along to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" during a raucous dance party on O'Connell Bridge.

After sundown, a second, separate demonstration -- also in protest of abortion rights -- commenced with Irish police estimating 10,000 to 12,000 people on the capital's streets.

International Women's Day: Strikes and protests around the world

The move by House Democrats is part of a "Day Without a Woman" strike, designed to highlight how crucial women are to the US national workforce.

"I think it's important women in Congress show our solidarity," said Congresswoman Lois Frankel.

Schools in some districts were forced to close after staff walked out.

International Women's Day has grown from a labour movement with its roots in a 1908 protest to a UN-recognised annual event.

 

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Protests and school walkouts over Trump win

Demonstrators smashed storefront windows and set rubbish and tyres alight in downtown Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco. A few miles away, students at the University of California at Berkeley protested on campus.

In Portland, Oregon, protesters blocked downtown traffic while chanting "not my president".

Hundreds of students in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Seattle, Washington, as well as in smaller towns around America, walked out of class in an effort to "stop president Trump".

Why are Facebook users checking in here?

By Monday, hundreds of thousands of people had checked in at Standing Rock Indian Reservation on the social networking site.

But many of them weren't anywhere near the location where demonstrators have been picketing the controversial $3.7 billion pipeline.

A post circulating on Facebook gave one possible explanation for the surge in activity, claiming that the mass check-ins were organized to prevent local law enforcement from tracking protesters on social media.

The sheriff's department denied that accusation on Monday, calling it "absolutely false."

Ex-congressman: 'If Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket'

Walsh, a former tea party congressman from Illinois who is now a conservative talk radio host, tweeted, "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?"

Walsh did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. But he did respond to CNN's Jake Tapper via Twitter when he asked: "What exactly does that mean?"

"It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back," he responded to Tapper.

Argentine women to strike after fatal rape of teenager

Lucia Perez, 16, died earlier this month in the city of Mar del Plata.

Two men who dropped her off at a hospital on 8 October, freshly washed and dressed, said she had overdosed on drugs. But doctors found evidence of extreme sexual violence.

A march will begin at 17:00 local time (20:00 GMT) in the capital, Buenos Aires.

Activist groups are calling on women to wear black when they walk out of their places of work for an hour at midday on Wednesday (14:00 GMT). They are calling the actions Miercoles Negro - Spanish for Black Wednesday.