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‘Furious demonstrators marched on the home of Brazil’s under-fire president, as police officers opened fire on rioters in violent clashes during a public strike.

More than 35 million people stayed away from work during the nationwide strike in Brazil yesterday, as anger boiled over around controversial government austerity measures.

Protesters lit flares outside the home of President Michel Timer, throwing rocks at police in clashes which saw stun grenades fired at those who attempted to break through barriers.

In capital Rio de Janeiro, after hours of clashes with police in front of the legislative building, several buses were torched.’

Read more: Police open fire on furious Brazilian demonstrators as they descend on president’s home amid violent clashes as 35 MILLION join national strike 

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‘The president of Macedonia has made an appeal to the nation for calm, after scores of protesters, many wearing masks, stormed the country’s parliament late on Thursday night.

Shouting and throwing chairs they attacked lawmakers in protest of the election of an Albanian parliament speaker, despite there being a months long stalemate preventing the formation of a new government.

Gjorge Ivanov, the country’s president said in a televised address that the election had “violated” the constitution, but nonetheless called appealed for “for reasonable and responsible behaviour”.

Police used flash grenades in clashes with protesters outside the parliament building after the assault.’

Read more: Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters after ethnic Albanian elected as speaker

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‘The Arab League has turned to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to stand up for the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and help end the regime’s rights abuses there.

On Wednesday, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit sent a letter to ICRC President Peter Maurer, calling on the committee to “urgently intervene with Israeli authorities to stop the various abuses being committed against those prisoners of war.”

Since April 17, over 1,500 Palestinian inmates have been refusing food in protest at the conditions of Israeli prisons.

The open-ended hunger strike was initially called by Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for his role in the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising) against Tel Aviv.’

Read more: Arab League urges ICRC to help end abuses against Palestinian inmates

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‘Israel’s prime minister has cancelled talks with Germany’s foreign minister after he refused to call off a meeting with Israeli human rights activists.

Sigmar Gabriel had been due to meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Mr Netanyahu had warned he would not see Mr Gabriel if he met the groups Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem.

Mr Netanyahu has accused the groups of trying to undermine the state, and the government has taken steps to try to stem their foreign sources of funding.’

Read more: Israel’s Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups

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‘Two students groups that plan to host conservative author Ann Coulter have sued the University of California at Berkeley where she plans to speak.

Ms Coulter was due to speak on campus on 27 April, but after first abruptly cancelled the event, administrators chose to reschedule it for 2 May.

Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republican said this violates their free speech.

The university started the so-called Free Speech Movement in 1964.

The Coulter event was cancelled by school administrators on 19 April over fears that protesters and counter-protesters would hold violent clashes on and off campus.’

Read more: Students sue Berkeley amid Coulter row

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‘Thousands of Venezuelans marched in silence to remember those killed in three weeks of protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

In the capital, Caracas, protestors dressed in white were blocked from reaching the office of the Roman Catholic archdiocese.

Similar marches took place across the country.

Opposition leaders blamed the deaths of about 20 people on a heavy-handed police response to their protests.’

Read More: Venezuela opposition holds silent march to honour dead

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