Political and civil unrest

Trump offers scattershot response to global protests

By LISA LERER and JONATHAN LEMIRE President Donald Trump on Sunday offered a scattershot response to the sweeping post-inauguration protests against his new administration, sarcastically undermining the public opposition and then defending demonstrators’ rights a short time later. “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these …

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Berlin attack may make Merkel’s re-election quest rougher

By GEIR MOULSON Chancellor Angela Merkel already knew that her campaign for a fourth term as Germany’s leader will be her most difficult yet. The deadly truck attack on a Christmas market may have made it tougher — and is already polarizing opinion. A nationalist party that has assailed Merkel’s acceptance of migrants leapt on …

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South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

By FOSTER KLUG, KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. After the vote, parliamentary officials hand-delivered formal documents to the presidential Blue House that stripped Park …

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Prosecutor clears officer in man’s death, says man was armed

By JEFFREY COLLINS and TOM FOREMAN Jr. A prosecutor on Wednesday cleared a Charlotte police officer in the killing of a black man whose death touched off civil unrest, and he presented detailed evidence to rebut assertions that the slain man was unarmed. Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in opening fire on Keith Scott and …

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