French yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend

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Protesters stand at the statue at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019, as people gather for a demonstration by the 'Yellow Vests' (gilets jaunes) movement for the 21st consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
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Protesters stand around the statue at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019, as people gather for a demonstration by the 'Yellow Vests' (gilets jaunes) movement for the 21st consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
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Protesters wave flags at the statue at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019, as people gather for a demonstration by the 'Yellow Vests' (gilets jaunes) movement for the 21st consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
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Jerome Rodrigues, one of the leading figures of the "yellow vests" (gilets jaunes) movement, who was injured in the eye during a yellow vest demonstration, applies eye drops at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 06 April 2019
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French yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend

  • Hundreds gathered in Rouen, in Normandy, a past flashpoint, and hundreds more in eastern Paris at the Place de la Republique
  • The yellow vest movement, demanding social and economic justice, has attracted dwindling crowds but still remains a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron

PARIS: Protesters from the yellow vest movement are taking to the streets of France for a 21st straight weekend, with hundreds gathered for a march across Paris, one of numerous protests around the country.
Paris police have fine-tuned their strategy of being more mobile and proactive to counter eventual violence since the first Saturday of protests Nov. 17. The Champs-Elysees avenue is off-limits to protesters after it was hit by rioting last month.
Hundreds gathered in Rouen, in Normandy, a past flashpoint, and hundreds more in eastern Paris at the Place de la Republique, the start of a march to the business district on the capital's western edge.
The yellow vest movement, demanding social and economic justice, has attracted dwindling crowds but still remains a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron.


UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

Updated 26 May 2019
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UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

  • The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban
  • They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban. They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban.
The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province.
The UNAMA statement, released on Sunday, says most of the captives were held since 2018, with three since 2016. It says they were kept in poor conditions and subjected to forced labor. The statement cites the detainees as saying that the Taliban killed some of their captives.