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Of protests and rubber pellets

The aftermath of Indonesia’s elections saw a peaceful protest turn chaotic riot.


French yellow vest protesters clash with police but numbers wane

PARIS (Reuters) - Yellow vest protesters clashed with riot police in Paris and the northern city of Amiens on Saturday as the French anti-government movement waned on its 28th straight weekend.


Trump’s ‘easy’ trade war hits snags as China plays the long game

IN JUNE 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump stood between bales of crushed aluminum and a crowd of supporters in a factory outside of Pittsburgh and made a promise on trade that wasn’t hard to keep.


S&P keeps South Africa in 'junk' status, sees post-election reforms

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - S&P Global Ratings kept South Africa's foreign- and local-currency credit ratings in "junk" territory with a stable outlook late on Friday, saying the new government was expected to focus on reforms to revive the economy.


Afghanistan celebrates warmup win with pride and gunfire

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's victory over Pakistan in a warmup match for the Cricket World Cup on Friday was greeted with prolonged volleys of celebratory gunfire and prompted a rare show of unity in a country split by increasingly bitter political divisions.


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Jokowi hopes to meet Prabowo to ease tensions

JAKARTA: Incumbent President and 2019 presidential election winner Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has again conveyed his hope to meet with rival Prabowo Subianto in a bid to ease post-election tensions and show the people at the grassroots that the “political elites are getting along well”.


Dollar tumbles as trade war hits US economic data

NEW YORK: The dollar fell on Friday from a two-year high against a basket of major currencies after orders for U.S.-made capital goods fell, further evidence that manufacturing and the broader economy are slowing, due in part to the U.S.-China trade dispute.


French police hunt suitcase bomber after blast in Lyon

LYON (Reuters) - French police were hunting a suspected suitcase bomber on Friday after an explosion in the central city of Lyon that injured 13 people, officials said.


Thousands of Algerian protesters demand reforms, presidential vote delay

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the capital and other Algerian cities on Friday to demand the postponement of a presidential election and the removal of the ruling elite following the end of Abdelaziz Bouteflika's 20-year-rule last month.