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Dozens of people may have been killed in Iran since Friday during protests against a sharp rise in petrol prices, the UN says.

A spokesman for the UN human rights office urged security personnel not to use excessive force, including firing live ammunition, against demonstrators. He also called on Iran’s government to restore access to the internet. The government has blamed the turmoil on foreign enemies and denounced those on the streets as “rioters”. The current situation is unclear because of the near-total ... Read More »

Brazil beats Mexico to win U-17 World Cup at home

Brazil rallied to beat Mexico 2-1 on Sunday to win its fourth under-17 World Cup title. Bryan Gonzalez opened the scoring for Mexico in the 66th minute at the Bezerrao stadium in Brasilia, but the hosts turned their fortunes with Kaio Jorge converting from the spot in the 84th and substitute Lazaro scoring in added time. Brazil reached the final ... Read More »

Hong Kong protests: hundreds trapped as police lay siege to university

Hong Kong police have fought running battles with protesters trying to break a security cordon around a university in the city, firing teargas both at activists trying to escape the besieged campus and at crowds trying to reach it from outside. Police have said the demonstrators inside Polytechnic University had no option but to come out and surrender. The sprawling ... Read More »

Sinterklaas: Dutch protests over Black Pete festival-goers

Anti-racism campaigners have held protests in cities across the Netherlands during Sinterklaas – a festival celebrating the arrival of Saint Nicholas, traditionally accompanied by his helper Black Pete. In the town of Apeldoorn, police separated crowds of onlookers from groups of demonstrators who want authorities to ban the use of black face paint to portray the character of Black Pete. ... Read More »

Venice floods: St Mark’s Square reopens but city on ‘red alert’

Tourists and residents were allowed back into the flooded St Mark’s Square on Saturday. Water levels have not subsided and the highest possible weather warning has been issued for Sunday. After closing the iconic central square on Friday amid safety concerns, authorities reopened St Mark’s Square on Saturday. However, water levels were still high, peaking at 1.1 meters (3 feet ... Read More »

Czech anti-government protesters mark anniversary of revolution

At least 200,000 people have protested against the Czech government in the capital, Prague. Demonstrators are calling for Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign over allegations of fraud. It is alleged Mr Babis used European Union subsidies for his private business – something he denies. The protest was held on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, ... Read More »

Chile protests: Government bows to demands for referendum

Chile has announced it will hold a referendum on the country’s constitution following weeks of anti-government protests. Protesters are demanding social reforms and a change to the constitution which dates back to the pre-democracy era of the military leader, Augusto Pinochet. The vote will take place in April. At least 20 people have died and about 1,000 have been injured ... Read More »

General Elections 2019: Boris Johnson quizzed on Russia, flooding and children

Boris Johnson has been quizzed on Russia, flooding and his children by members of the public during a BBC Radio 5 Live and News Channel phone-in. During the programme, the PM said there was “no evidence” of Russian interference in UK politics, amid calls for the government to release a report on the subject before the election. He also said ... Read More »

Israel-gaza ceasefire holding despite rocket fire

A ceasefire between Israel and militants in Gaza appears to be holding, despite the launch of several rockets hours after it took effect. The truce ended two days of intense fighting in which militants fired some 450 rockets towards Israel and Israeli aircraft carried out waves of strikes. Early on Thursday, a family of eight were reportedly killed in Gaza. ... Read More »

Venice floods:Italy to declare state of emergency over damage

Italy is set to declare a state of emergency in Venice after the Italian city was engulfed by 1.87m (6ft) high water levels, flooding its historic basilica and cutting power to homes. More than 80% of the city, a Unesco world heritage site, was under water when tides were at their highest. Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte described the flooding ... Read More »

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