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Russian opposition leader, more than thousand supporters detained at anti-Putin rallies

MOSCOW: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained along with more than a thousand of his supporters on Saturday during nationwide rallies against Vladimir Putin as police used force to break up rallies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Riot police beat protesters with truncheons, dragged them along the ground and threw them into police vans in Moscow, in an attempt to disperse a huge crowd that packed Pushkin Square to protest against Putin's swearing-in ceremony on Monday. Police grabbed Navalny, 41, soon…

Assad supporters rally in Damascus after Western strikes

DAMASCUS: Thousands of Syrians gathered Monday in Damascus in defiance of Western strikes on the country and to celebrate the regime reconquering a former rebel bastion outside the capital. The United States, France and Britain early Saturday targeted what they said were chemical weapon sites after an alleged toxic attack on Eastern Ghouta on April 7. Later Saturday, President Bashar al-Assad's army announced it had retaken the whole of the region east of Damascus from rebels after an almost two-month military assault.…

Trump supporters, opponents clash in California park

BERKELEY, CALIF: A melee erupted on Saturday in a Berkeley, California park where supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump were holding competing rallies, resulting in at least 20 arrests as police struggled to keep the two camps apart. As fist fights broke out between the two sides and people threw bottles and cans over a barricade separating them, police resorted to using to an explosive device at one point in a bid to restore order. Several people were observed by a Reuters reporter with bloodied faces and…

Imran asks supporters to rescue CM KP from Punjab police

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has asked his supporters to rescue Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak from Punjab police. “(I) want all PTI workers and democratic people of KP to go to Haroonabad bridge and support brave CM and his entourage being shelled by Punjab police,” he wrote on his Twitter account. The PTI chief expressed pity how the Punjab government is treating CM KP. He called it violation of the constitution to stop an elected representative of people from…