Protesters scuffle with police before Obama’s town hall meeting in Soweto

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Hundreds of South African demonstrators clashed with police outside of the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg on Saturday before a planned appearance by President Obama.

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Topless protesters give Russia’s Putin an eyeful

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Russian President Vladimir Putin laughed off a protest against him by topless women in Germany on Monday, joking that he liked what he had seen while sharply rebuffing German criticism of his human rights record.

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Thousands rally in D.C. against Keystone Pipeline

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Thousands of protesters took to the National Mall on Sunday for a climate rally that organizers touted as the largest of its kind in U.S. history. The group’s top priority was to urge President Barack Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands from Canada through the United States.

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Baton-wielding police threaten protesters as Egypt’s stability teeters

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Thousands turned out Monday in Port Said to attend funerals for the seven people killed in the previous day’s violence, which broke out as mourners paid their respects to 33 people who had died in riots the day before.

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Stick figures for peace in Scotland

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Members from Faslane Peace camp take action outside the Scottish National Party headquarters on Thursday in Edinburgh, Scotland. The activists were acting as part of the “No To NATO Scotland Coalition,” using chalk to draw 24,000 figures on the pavement to represent the deaths of people that have been killed, to date, in the current Afghanistan campaign. 

University of California to pay nearly $1 million in deal with 21 pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters

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The University of California has agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by UC-Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an Occupy-style protest on campus last November, according to media reports.

Pakistan ‘Day of Love’ protests erupt in violence, leaving over a dozen dead

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NBC News staff and wire reports — ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Protests by tens of thousands of Pakistanis infuriated by an anti-Islam film descended into deadly violence on Friday, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition in an attempt to subdue rioters who hurled rocks and set fire to buildings in some cities.

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One year later, what ever happened to Occupy Wall Street?

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Occupy Wall Street took center stage last fall, galvanizing thousands of people across the country to protest against the abuses of what they called the “one percent.”

But one year after the movement began, it has been reduced to a shadow of its former self: Occupy’s makeshift camps have been shuttered, its membership has dwindled amid internal squabbling and what critics called a lack of direction and goals, and its hopes for social change so far have been unrealized.

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Embassies stormed, KFC torched as anger over anti-Islam film rages

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Updated at 11:07 a.m. ET: Protesters in a number of countries across the Muslim world vented anger against the West on Friday as the controversy over an anti-Islamic film raged, with a KFC restaurant torched in Lebanon, violent attacks on U.S. embassies in Sudan and Tunis and fierce protests in Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan.

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Gas prices hit $9.99 in protest by station owners

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Durango Weeks of Lawnside, N.J., didn’t think there was anything unusual this afternoon when he pulled into a Lukoil station outside Philadelphia until he took a look at the price, which stunned him. It was $9.99 a gallon.

“My (fuel) light was on,” he said, adding that had he noticed the price he would have filled up elsewhere.

BREAKING: Secretary of State Clinton confirms State Dept. officer killed in Benghazi

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Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET: A U.S. State Department officer was killed in Benghazi, Libya after armed protesters stormed the U.S. consulate there, furious about an amateur video allegedly produced in the U.S. that has been viewed as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

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Moscow police nab Greenpeace polar bear protesters

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The Associated Press reports — Put your paws in the air.

Moscow police have arrested 10 environmental activists, including four dressed in polar bear costumes, who were protesting outside the main office of Gazprom, the Russian oil and natural gas giant.

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Pro-gay marriage groups plan Chick-fil-A ‘Kiss-In’

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Two days after supporters of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s stance against gay marriage flocked to its restaurants for an Appreciation Day, pro-gay marriage advocates are descending on the fast-food chain with a message of their own. 

"We want to show Chick-fil-A and the country that the LGBT community’s love is just as valid, just as good as heterosexual love," said grassroots advocate Carly McGehee.

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Chick-fil-A protest marks rise of ‘eat-in’ movement

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In the 20th century India’s Mahatma Gandhi famously used the hunger strike as political protest. In America today we demonstrate by eating fast food.

Call it an “eat-in,” call it a “buycott”: By whatever name, it’s a tactic that’s growing in popularity. As Wednesday’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day indicates, it’s a form of protest Americans find increasingly easy to swallow.

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Chick-fil-A out of the fryer, into the fire

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Chick-fil-A is playing a high-stakes game of chicken that has nothing to do with its sandwiches.

President Dan Cathy’s public stance on gay marriage kicked off a firestorm that could hurt its sales and growth prospects, although restaurant analysts say support from the religious right in core markets could make the overall business impact a wash. But to sustain this uneasy equilibrium, the company has to avoid saying or doing anything to further inflame two opposing groups of consumers.

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