Hundreds of thousands protest in Romania over government decree

Hundreds of thousands protest in Romania over government decree

Hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets across Romania on Wednesday to protest the government’s decriminalising of a string of corruption offences, the largest demonstrations since communism fell in 1989. At least 200,000 protesters, according to media estimates, braved sub-zero temperatures to demonstrate, with some shouting “Thieves!” and “Resign!” a day after the government […]

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday approved an amnesty law to protect thousands of demobilising Marxist guerrilla fighters from prosecution for minor crimes committed during the country’s 52-year war. The law, a key part of a peace deal signed last month between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, will not include fighters […]

Farewell begins in Cuba: Thousands flood streets for Castro commemoration

Farewell begins in Cuba: Thousands flood streets for Castro commemoration

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans rallied for late communist leader Fidel Castro with Latin American and African leaders in Havana on Tuesday night before his ashes are taken across the country. They chanted “long live the revolution!” and “Fidel! Fidel!” at a packed Revolution Square, the vast esplanade where he gave so many of his […]

French police clear thousands of migrants living rough on streets of Paris

French police clear thousands of migrants living rough on streets of Paris

French police on Friday evacuated several thousand migrants from a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, just over one week after thousands were moved from a larger camp in Calais. Officers backed by riot police converged early Friday on the streets around the Stalingrad subway station, where migrants and refugees had been living rough. A total […]

Turkey fires thousands more civil servants, shuts media outlets

Turkey fires thousands more civil servants, shuts media outlets

Turkey said it had dismissed a further 10,000 civil servants and closed 15 more media outlets over suspected links with terrorist organisations and U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July. More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the failed coup, in […]

Thousands protest in Germany against EU-US TTIP trade deal

Thousands protest in Germany against EU-US TTIP trade deal

Demonstrators took to the streets across Germany on Saturday in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord. In Berlin, as in Munich, there was a sea of flags as people flocked to join the rallies despite the rain, carrying placards and banners representing dozens of anti-globalisation groups, […]

Thousands without power as Hurricane Hermine batters Florida

Thousands without power as Hurricane Hermine batters Florida

Growing winds and driving rain from Hurricane Hermine lashed Florida’s northern Gulf Coast on Friday as power outages left tens of thousands of households in the dark in what the state’s governor warned would be a potentially lethal storm. Conditions deteriorated as Hermine, a Category 1 hurricane packing winds of 80 mph (130 km/h), made […]

Disaster declared after deadly Louisiana floods leave thousands stranded

Disaster declared after deadly Louisiana floods leave thousands stranded

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for flood-ravaged Louisiana, where at least five people have died and emergency crews have rescued more than 20,000 people stranded by unprecedented flooding. Governor John Bel Edwards said residents had been pulled from swamped cars, flooded homes and threatened hospitals across the southern part of […]

Disaster declared after deadly Louisiana floods leave thousands stranded

Disaster declared after deadly Louisiana floods leave thousands stranded

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for flood-ravaged Louisiana, where at least five people have died and emergency crews have rescued more than 20,000 people stranded by unprecedented flooding. Governor John Bel Edwards said residents had been pulled from swamped cars, flooded homes and threatened hospitals across the southern part of […]

Thousands of children detained in anti-extremist security clampdowns

Thousands of children detained in anti-extremist security clampdowns

Thousands of children have been detained and many tortured during security operations carried out in response to threats from extremists such as the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. In a new report, the US-based rights group documented an increase in the detention of […]

Thousands take part in Turkey ‘unity’ rally condemning attempted coup

Thousands take part in Turkey ‘unity’ rally condemning attempted coup

Many thousands of Turks massed Sunday for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid a purge of suspected state enemies. Istanbul’s Taksim square was transformed into a red sea of national flags as Erdogan’s ruling Islamic-conservatives and the opposition secular camps briefly set aside their differences in […]

Thousands gather in Louisville for final farewell to Muhammad Ali

Thousands gather in Louisville for final farewell to Muhammad Ali

  Fans chanting “Ali!” and throwing flowers lined the streets of Muhammad Ali’s hometown in Kentucky on Friday for a funeral procession to celebrate the boxing champion who won worldwide admiration as a man of principle. Ali, a once-controversial convert to Islam who lost three years of his boxing career for refusing U.S. military service […]

Magnificent Flower Sculptures at Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

Magnificent Flower Sculptures at Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

Flower parades are held all over the world, but the one that takes place in Zundert, the Netherland, is extraordinarily artistic. It’s also the largest parade in the world. Huge floats are made of wire, cardboard and papier-mâché and entirely covered in dahlias in intricate designs. The dahlias for grown specifically for the parade, and […]