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Slovak Protests Shrink After Fico Quits; Thousands Still Want New Elections

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA —  Thousands of Slovaks rallied in Bratislava and other towns for a fourth consecutive Friday over the slaying of an investigative journalist, althoughnumbers were sharply lower after veteran prime minister RobertFico was forced to quit. Some protesters repeated demands for new elections despite Fico’s departure following the fatal …

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Iran’s Growing Water Shortage Protests Spur Accusations of Mismanagement

Escalating street protests by Iranians against water shortages in a rural part of central Iran have inspired more domestic criticism of the government’s handling of the nation’s water resources. Overseas-based human rights groups say the protests by farmers in Varzaneh in Isfahan province began last month and escalated into violent …

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Ethiopia bans protests after wave of violence as it declares new state of emergency

Ethiopia announced a state of emergency on Friday, a day after the prime minister resigned, as pressure mounted on the country’s ruling coalition. The coalition decided emergency rule was “vital to safeguarding the constitutional order”, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said. The rule will last for six months, and include a …

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Putin Opponents Mount Protests Across Russia Ahead of Vote

Several thousand Russians braved sub-zero temperatures to protest against President Vladimir Putin, who’s seeking to prolong his almost two-decade-long rule in March elections. Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who’s been barred from taking part in the March 18 vote, was dragged roughly by police into a bus shortly after he arrived …

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