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Pussy Riot members and two other women emerged from the police station in Sochi wearing their trademark ski masks after their brief detention

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...ezhda Tolokonnikova were being held on suspicion of theft. They were convicted of hooliganism over a protest song against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s largest cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova staged the protest along with other band members and were only released from jail in December. The two band members and two other women emerged from the police station in So...

Thai protesters have surrounded polling stations, blocking early voting ahead of next week's general election

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Thai protesters have surrounded polling stations, blocking early voting ahead of next week’s general election, officials say. One of their leaders has been shot dead during a clash with government supporters just outside the capital, Bangkok. Advance voting has reportedly been cancelled in a number of locations. Anti-government activists want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down...

The newly-married couple has climbed to the top of a protest barricade in Kiev to celebrate their wedding

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A newly-married couple has climbed to the top of a protest barricade in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to celebrate their wedding. Anti-government protesters have been occupying areas of Kiev for several weeks after the government’s rejection of a planned treaty with the EU. The newly-married couple has climbed to the top of a protest barricade in Kiev to celebrate their wedding The crisis e...

Prosecutors confirmed two people had died from bullet wounds in Kiev clashes

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...f a planned treaty with the EU. Wednesday’s clashes began after police moved in to dismantle a protest camp. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is reportedly meeting with opposition leaders later to discuss the crisis. The clashes come on the day that new anti-protest laws come into force. Parliament approved the laws last week, triggering renewed protests, which spilled into violence on...

The two-year jail term of Yekaterina Samutsevich was suspended

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...Samutsevich, 30, was suspended. Earlier the trio spoke defiantly at the appeal hearing, saying their protest song was political and not anti-Church. In August they were jailed for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral, Christ the Saviour. Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by reli...

Spanish riot police have clashed with protesters in Barcelona on the day of a general strike called in protest at the government's labor market reforms

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Spanish riot police have clashed with protesters in Barcelona on the day of a general strike called in protest at the government’s labor market reforms. Some of the marchers in Barcelona smashed windows and set rubbish bins alight. Police responded with tear gas and baton charges. There were also protests in the capital, Madrid, and other cities. Land and air travel were all affected, and d...

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...mocrat Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, announced he will postpone a vote on a contested anti-online piracy bill. This decision follows protests by online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, and thousands of other websites, which went “dark” in protest for 24 hours earlier this week. “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Ac...

Brazilian government has failed to halt nationwide protests, despite reversing the public transport fare increases that sparked the unrest

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Brazilian government has failed to halt nationwide protests, despite reversing the public transport fare increases that sparked the unrest. Crowds blocked main roads in Sao Paulo and Brasilia, and protesters confronted police in Rio de Janeiro state shortly after the U-turn was announced. Earlier, there were clashes before Brazil’s football team played Mexico in Fortaleza in the Confederati...

Labor demonstrations marking May Day are taking place across the world, with the main focus on Europe

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...tell her supporters who they should vote for in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote. The Occupy protest movement has urged May Day action spanning the globe. Anti-austerity protesters will take part in a day of strikes and demonstrations across Greece. In Athens, protests have become an institution, with public and private sector strikes and disruption to public transport. But there may be le...

A shocking footage of police forcefully pepper spraying a group of Occupy demonstrators staging a sit down protest the University of California, Davis, has emerged

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...king footage of police forcefully pepper spraying a group of Occupy demonstrators staging a sit down protest the University of California, Davis, has emerged. The images of the tense standoff between police and students show an officer using pepper spray on a group of protesters who appear to be sitting passively on the ground with their arms interlocked. Witnesses watched in horror as police move...

Turkish Gezi Park activists have vowed to continue occupying Istanbul's park

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...barracks. The government has appealed against the ruling. The project was the initial spark for the protests, which then broadened into anti-government demonstrations in several cities which saw violent clashes between police and demonstrators. Five people have died and thousands have been injured since the protests began on 31 May, spreading to the adjacent Taksim Square a day later and then to...

At least one protester was killed in violent protests in Pakistan over anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims

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Fresh protests are taking place around the Muslim world over amateur anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims, which was produced in the US. At least one protester was killed in violent protests in Pakistan and thousands attended an angry rally in the Philippines city of Marawi. Weapons were fired and police cars torched in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah has said...

A US state department official was killed when a gunmen stormed the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi

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...ed when a gunmen stormed the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. It is believed the protest was held over a US-produced film that is said to be insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. The militiamen raided the compound with grenades before setting it on fire. On Tuesday, protesters against the film breached the walls of the US embassy in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The film that spark...

Two members of punk-rock group Pussy Riot, who are being sought by Russian police, have fled the country

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...band’s Twitter account says. Three members of the group were jailed this month for staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. The pair who fled has not been named but the husband of one of the jailed women said the duo had taken part in the cathedral protest in February. Many in the West condemned the Pussy Riot sentences as disproportionate. However, the Kremlin has reje...

Vladimir Putin was riding a three wheeled Harley Davidson while he led the motorcade

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin joined a biker gang on Monday and led them on motorcade at a festival in Novorossiysk, a Black Sea port.   Vladimir Putin, 58, was riding a three-wheeled Harley Davidson and looking very much at home in the latest of macho stunts that have punctuated his political career. It is well known that Putin’s eccentric photos topless horse-riding and hunting hav...

Firefighters honor guard salute as pallbearers carry the casket of Boston Marathon bomb victim Krystle Campbell into St Joseph's Church for her funeral in Medford

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...neral. Teamsters Local 25 President Sean O’Brien says the union members planned to stand in front of protesters to block them from the Campbell family’s view. The Westboro Baptist Church, whose members are known for protesting outside soldiers’ funerals with anti-gay messages, issued a statement on Saturday vowing to protest Krystle Campbell’s funeral. Mourners made up a quarter-mile l...

Protesters allege there was widespread fraud in Sunday's polls - though the ruling United Russia party saw its share of the vote fall sharply

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...the country has seen in two decades. Smaller rallies have taken place in cities across the country. Protesters allege there was widespread fraud in Sunday’s polls – though the ruling United Russia party saw its share of the vote fall sharply. Hundreds of people have been arrested during anti-Putin protests over the past week, mainly in Moscow and St Petersburg. At least 50,000 police...

Thousands of people have rallied this evening in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh against ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremism

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...lied this evening in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh against ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremism. Today protest follows two days of clashes after an 8-year-old girl said she had been harassed on her way to school. Some ultra-Orthodox in Beit Shemesh are seeking to segregate men and women. President Shimon Peres backed the protest saying hours before the rally: “The entire nation must be recruit...

More than 70 protesters have been arrested early this morning as police mounted a raid on the Occupy Wall Street camp at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, New York

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More than 70 protesters have been arrested early this morning as police mounted a raid on the Occupy Wall Street camp at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, New York. Up to 1,000 police officers moved in to evict the protesters – some of whom have been there since it was set up in mid-September when the protests began. Occupy Wall Street protesters have been told that once the park is cleaned, they...

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General John R. Allen, the US commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, has apologized over reports that foreign troops had “improperly disposed” of copies of the Koran. In a statement General John R. Allen ordered a full investigation. “When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” he said. Reports of the alleged Koran burning have led to a...

Thousands of students took London streets today to demonstrate against tuition fees and spending cuts

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...0 demonstrators. News and police helicopters hovered overhead and onlookers lined the streets as the protest made its way through London. Workers gathered at office windows to watch the demonstration, waving and smiling at those on the roads below. Music blared from speakers while protesters appeared to chat amicably with riot police. Officers on foot carrying batons and riot helmets walked alongs...

About 50 police escorted PM Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott from Canberra's Lobby restaurant after it was surrounded by some 200 supporters of the city's Aboriginal Tent Embassy

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...ader of the opposition Tony Abbott had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a restaurant by angry protesters, local media reports. Riot police formed a shield around the prime minister as they helped her force a path through the protesters who surrounded a restaurant where she was attending an awards ceremony to mark Australia Day. About 50 police escorted PM Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott from...

Online encyclopedia Wikipedia and blog service WordPress are among the highest profile sites to block their content as a protest against anti-piracy laws in US

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After yesterday “blackout” protests on thousands of internet sites, eight US lawmakers have announced they have withdrawn their support for anti-piracy laws. Two of the bill’s co-sponsors, Marco Rubio from Florida and Roy Blunt from Missouri, are among those backing away. Online encyclopedia Wikipedia and blog service WordPress are among the highest profile sites to block their...

Daryl Hannah was among more than 70 people arrested Tuesday

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Daryl Hannah was arrested Tuesday in front of the White House along with other environmental protesters who oppose a proposed Canada – U.S. Gulf Coast oil pipeline. The 50 year-old actress, well known from “Splash” and “Roxanne”, was arrested after refusing police orders to leave the sit-in protest and she was released after paying a $100 fine, U.S. Parks police said...

Protesters have taken the streets of New York today after it emerged the NYPD were warning women in Brooklyn to cover up in the face of sex attacks

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Dressed in their underwear, protesters have taken the streets of New York today after it emerged the NYPD were warning women in Brooklyn to cover up in the face of sex attacks. The “slutwalk” protest comes a day after women in Park Slope were warned by police short skirts should not be worn and shorts that show too much leg have been deemed inappropriate. Protesters have taken the streets of New...