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Guru's Rape Conviction Leads to 12 Deaths, Fire Everywhere

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh found guilty of rape, his supporters aren't happy

(Newser) - Mobs rampaged across a north Indian town, leaving 12 people dead and 100 injured, after a court declared a quasi-religious sect leader guilty of raping two of his followers, per police and a hospital doctor. More than 15,000 paramilitary troops and police officers, some on horseback, were deployed in... More »

50 Years Later, Photos Recall Riots of Detroit

The city erupted in the summer of 1967

(Newser) - Protests that started 50 years ago in a west side Detroit neighborhood would grow into a riot and later a conflagration that threatened to swallow entire city blocks. An angry crowd of African-Americans gathered near 12th and Clairmount streets in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967, after police... More »

Officer Fires on Rioters Outside Swedish Capital

Cars were torched and businesses looted Monday outside Stockholm

(Newser) - At least one police officer opened fire on rioters Monday in a Swedish neighborhood with a large immigrant population, CNN reports. According to the AP , the unrest started while officers were attempting to arrest a resident suspected in a drug crime. Bystanders threw rocks, one of which hit an officer... More »

Venezuela's Leader Blames 'Macabre' Obama Plan for Looting, Riots

He claims decision to scrap bank notes is a triumph

(Newser) - Venezuela's president said Sunday that the sudden decision to scrap the country's most-used currency bill was an economic triumph over the country's enemies even as the government sent troops and police to cities where riots and looting broke out over the measure. In a national radio and... More »

Cops Shoot Guy With Broomstick, Spark Riot

Salt Lake City police leave man in critical condition

(Newser) - A male who authorities say was wielding a broomstick was shot and critically injured by Salt Lake City officers Saturday night, touching off several hours of unrest downtown as officers donned riot gear and blocked streets and bystanders threw rocks and bottles, the AP reports. The male shot by two... More »

Egypt Soccer Riot Kills at Least 20

Cause of the violence isn't immediately clear

(Newser) - A riot broke out today outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with fighting between police and fans killing at least 20 people, security officials said. The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and... More »

Cops Now Investigating Michael Brown's Stepdad

Investigation into Louis Head's actions the night of Nov. 24 under way: police chief

(Newser) - As President Obama urged peace in the moments after it was announced Darren Wilson wouldn't be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown, chaos broke out in Ferguson—and now police there are investigating whether Brown's stepfather meant to start a riot himself. Louis Head was seen... More »

Liberia Finds 17 Ebola Patients Who Fled Mob

Being treated in different clinic, but officials fear damage has been done

(Newser) - The 17 Ebola patients who fled a health center during a riot Saturday in Liberia have been found—however, health officials there fear the damage has already been done. The patients apparently turned themselves in after being traced, and are now at a hospital elsewhere in Monrovia, the country's... More »

State of Emergency, Curfew Declared in Ferguson

Jay Nixon institutes measures after more riots related to Michael Brown

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and imposed a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago. Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not... More »

More Riots in Missouri After Teen's Fatal Shooting

18-year-old Michael Brown was reportedly unarmed when he was shot and killed

(Newser) - The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., was the scene of another evening of rioting and unrest last night as largely young, black crowds faced off against a mostly white police force that reportedly responded with tear gas, reports the Los Angeles Times . But the family of slain teenager Michael... More »

As Germany Celebrates, Argentina Riots

60 arrested amid Buenos Aires unrest

(Newser) - Germans poured into Berlin's "Fan Mile" last night, watching the World Cup final in pouring rain near the Brandenburg Gate. Tension reigned until minute 113, when the German team scored the winning goal over Argentina. When the final whistle was blown, fireworks appeared in the sky as, for... More »

Israeli Settlers Raid Own Nation's Army Outpost

Move to demolish illegal settlements angers residents

(Newser) - An Israeli army outpost in the West Bank was raided today—and it was Jewish settlers doing the raiding, while soldiers stood by and watched. The incident followed a violent confrontation between the soldiers and far-right settlers in Yitzhar. It began when border police demolished four illegal structures and seized... More »

Spring Break Party Descends Into Riot

Tear gas, rubber bullets fired near UC Santa Barbara

(Newser) - At least six police officers were injured and more than 100 people arrested after a street party near the University of California at Santa Barbara turned into what police called a "major disturbance, emergency situation." Even before trouble began, 56 of the estimated 15,000 revelers at the... More »

Worst Riot in Decades Shakes Singapore

18 injured as Little India erupts

(Newser) - About 400 South Asian migrant workers angered by a road accident battled police and set vehicles ablaze in Singapore's worst rioting in decades, leaving 18 people injured. The violence erupted in the city-state's crowded Little India neighborhood last night after an Indian worker was hit and killed by... More »

After Anti-Migrant Riot, Russia Cops Arrest ... Migrants?

Mob chanting 'White power' attacks mall

(Newser) - Russian police today raided a vegetable warehouse, just a day after that warehouse became the target of the biggest anti-migrant unrest to hit the country in years. A riot broke out yesterday after the killing of a young man was blamed on a migrant from Russia's North Caucasus region,... More »

Brazilian Teachers' Protest Turns Into Riot

Marchers clash with police in Rio, Sao Paolo

(Newser) - Looks like Brazilian teachers are not to be messed with: Firebombs were thrown and buildings were attacked after marches by striking teachers and their supporters turned ugly in Rio de Janiero and Sao Paolo last night, the BBC reports. Around 20,000 people marched peacefully in Rio to protest low... More »

Sudan Has 'Cut Itself Off' From Internet

Possibly blacked out by gov't amid riots, says expert

(Newser) - Amidst deadly riots over its government scrapping fuel subsidies, Sudan has severed its Internet access. Following several reports, Internet monitoring firm Renesys has confirmed that the country "has cut itself off from global Internet," though it's still uncertain whether the government is behind the outage, the Washington ... More »

19 Dead in India After Hindus, Muslims Clash

Gun and knife battle sparked by killing of 3 villagers last month

(Newser) - Hundreds of troops have been deployed to quell deadly riots and clashes between Hindus and Muslims, sparked by the killing of three villagers who had objected when a young woman was being harassed in northern India. Police said 19 people were killed, including an Indian broadcast journalist, a police photographer... More »

Surf Fans Riot in California

7 arrested, one injured

(Newser) - An unruly crowd surged through downtown Huntington Beach in Southern California last night following the US Open of Surfing, brawling, looting a bicycle shop, clashing with police and trashing property before authorities broke up the melee and made arrests, authorities and witnesses say. Police say more than 100 officers from... More »

Pope's Brazil Mass: Sorry, No Masks

Authorities fear protest reprise

(Newser) - A month after Brazil saw widespread unrest , Pope Francis is headed to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day (which is actually a week long). With more than a million attendees expected, authorities aren't taking any chances. Demonstrators wore Guy Fawkes masks during June's protests; at a Mass... More »

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