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June 11th, 2013
06:12 AM ET

Police move into Istanbul's Taksim Square in day 12 of protests – Nick Paton Walsh reports

CNN is reporting breaking news from Turkey this morning.

Police in riot gear have moved into Istanbul's Taksim Square where they have been facing off with protesters using tear gas and water cannons. Turkey's Prime Minister spoke with lawmakers about the situation just moments ago and plans to meet with protest organizers tomorrow.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh is live with the latest on the riots and discontent in Istanbul.

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Filed under: Protest • Protests • Riot • Turkey • World
June 5th, 2013
10:44 AM ET

Turks clash with police despite top official's apology – Nick Paton Walsh has the latest

A top Turkish official's apology over "police aggression" during the initial demonstration at an Istanbul Park did little to calm nerves. Overnight, there were more clashes in Istanbul and police used tear gas and water cannons against rock-throwing protesters in eastern turkey.

Nick Paton Walsh has the latest from Turkey's capital, Ankara, where protests are also going on.

Filed under: Protest • Protests • Turkey
September 21st, 2012
06:30 AM ET

Bracing for more protests in Middle East – CNN's Reza Sayah on how embassies, countries are preparing for potential violence

(CNN) - Several diplomatic facilities were shuttered Friday as many brace for intensified protests over the anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims," as well as recently published cartoons in a French publication of a figure resembling the Prophet Mohammed.

Demonstrations have raged for days as many in the Muslim world are angry about the U.S.-made Prophet Mohammed mocking film and the French cartoon. And some believe Friday prayers, a time of protest recently in the Middle East and North Africa, could add fuel to the fire.

Protesters in Peshawar, Pakistan torched two movie theaters in the city Friday morning, in protest against the film and the cartoon, a fire official said.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Reza Sayah details the new demonstrations and explains how countries are bracing for an uptick in violence.

Filed under: Protest
May 3rd, 2012
06:54 AM ET

'One Million Moms' vs. JCPenney...again: Group accuses retailer of taking sides in gay marriage issue

JCPenney's May catalog is attracting controversy from a group the company has tousled with before.

In the ad, you can see a smiling lesbian couple with both women wearing wedding bands and the caption says it's "Wendi and her partner Maggi."

The conservative group "One Million Moms," which is considered by some to be anti-gay, is accusing the retailer of "taking sides" and is calling for a boycott.

This isn't the first time "One Million Moms" has gone after JCPenny. They crticized the store back in February for naming openly gay talk show host Ellen Degeneres as its spokesperson.

Branding strategist Peter Shankman talks with Ashleigh Banfield this morning on "Early Start" to talk about how this will affect JCPenney.

Filed under: Branding • Gay rights • Protest
April 5th, 2012
06:36 AM ET

Pepper-sprayed student describes chaos at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College student Kayleigh Wade on what happened when students were pepper sprayed in a campus protest.

Filed under: Protest