The year in protests: From Chile to Lebanon, what happened next?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A protester is detained by police in Moscow in August. This summer, Russia saw demonstrations demanding free elections It’s no exaggeration to say protests swept every continent in 2019, because even Antarctica saw a demonstration this year. Long-term presidents left office after protests in Sudan, Algeria and Bolivia. Violent unrest in Iran, India and Hong Kong continued well into December and threaten to spill over into 2020. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Here we return to three movements that gained momentum in 2019. Some of those who joined demonstrations early on tell us why they did so – and what changed. Lebanon What happened? (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); …

Malta: Robert Abela elected new PM after crisis over journalist’s murder

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Abela (pictured right) called for party unity in his victory speech after winning the Labour Party leadership election Malta’s governing party has elected a new leader and prime minister to replace Joseph Muscat, who resigned over the murder of a journalist. Robert Abela won the Labour Party leadership contest with 57.9% of the vote, reports say. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); His predecessor Mr Muscat said he would quit last month over the scandal surrounding the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. She was killed by a car bomb in 2017 as she investigated corruption in Malta. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Mr Muscat’s handling of the murder inquiry caused …

Iran plane crash: ‘More time needed for investigation’ – Ukraine

Media playback is unsupported on your device (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Media captionFootage appears to show missile strike on Ukrainian plane in Iran It is too soon to draw any conclusions on what brought down a Ukrainian passenger plane in Iran on Wednesday, Ukraine’s foreign minister has said. “We have so many different versions of what could [have] happened to the plane that we need some time to really understand,” Vadym Prystaiko said. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); His comments come a day after Western powers said they had strong evidence that the plane was hit by an Iranian missile – a claim rejected by Tehran. All 176 people on board were killed. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The …

Thai cave rescuer dies from year-long blood infection

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rescue operation took 17 days and brought the boys and their coach out alive A member of the rescue team that saved 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year has died from an infection he picked up during the operation, officials said. Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara, a Thai Navy Seal, contracted a blood infection during the rescue at Tham Luang cave. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Beirut was under medical supervision but his condition worsened and he died on Friday, a statement said. Another rescuer, Saman Gunan, died during the operation. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Saman, a former Thai Navy …