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A burning police vehicle during the anti-government protester rally in Bangkok, Thailand on August 7. Photo: Anusak Laowilas/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Thai police on Saturday fired water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd of anti-government protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha over his handling of the coronavirus, AP reports.

Driving the news: Demonstrators, who were part of the student protest group Free Youth, threw rocks, bottles and shot fireworks during the confrontation at an army base where Prayuth lives, per AP.

  • Five people were hospitalized, including three police officers, per AP.
  • COVID-19 cases are spiking and the health care system is increasingly stretched to the limit, per AP.
  • Thailand reported a record high of 21,379 confirmed cases on Saturday, with 191 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus case tracker.
  • Protesters asked for part of the budget for the monarchy and the military to be redirected into the country's pandemic response.

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Thousands of Puerto Ricans protest against persistent power outages

People march along Las Americas Highway to demand the expulsion of power company Luma amid a continued lack of electricity across Puerto Rico on Oct. 15. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of Puerto Ricans on Friday marched to protest against ongoing power outages across the island, AP reports.

Driving the news: Many of the approximately 4,000 protesters called for the ouster of Luma, a private company that took over the island’s transmission and distribution of power on June 1, per AP.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.