Democracy

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a memorial service for the late former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei, Taiwan on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Lee, remembered for leading the island's transition to democracy, died at age 97 in July, (Pool Photo via AP)
September 19, 2020 - 1:43 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China sent more warplanes toward Taiwan for the second day Saturday as the island's leader, senior government officials and a high-level U.S. envoy paid tribute to the man who led Taiwan's transition to democracy, former President Lee Teng-hui. Keith Krach, the U.S...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1980 file photo, Lech Walesa, head of the striking workers delegation, center, is pictured during the first negotiations and signing of the preliminary contract between the striking workers and the Polish government delegation, led by deputy Premier Mieczyslaw Jagielski, with his back to the camera, right, at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. Poland on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 celebrated 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc's first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course of the nation's history. (Bjoern Elgstrand/Reportagebild via AP, file)
August 31, 2020 - 11:44 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Monday celebrated 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc's first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course of the nation's history. At the same time, Poland is closely watching protests in neighboring...
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Former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, second from right, and other supporters of Belarus opposition participate in a "Freedom Way", a human chain of about 50,000 strong from Vilnius to the Belarusian border, during a protest near Medininkai, Lithuanian-Belarusian border crossing east of Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. In Aug. 23, 1989, around 2 million Lithuanians, Latvians, and Estonians joined forces in a living 600 km (375 mile) long human chain Baltic Way, thus demonstrating their desire to be free. Now, Lithuania is expressing solidarity with the people of Belarus, who are fighting for freedom today. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
August 23, 2020 - 3:36 pm
MEDIKINNAI, Lithuania (AP) — More than 50,000 Lithuanians joined hands Sunday in a human chain stretching 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital of Vilinus to the Belarus border to express solidarity with their neighbor's dramatic struggle for democracy. The massive event, dubbed “the Freedom...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2018 file photo, former President Barack Obama steps on stage to speak during a campaign rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Since leaving the White House nearly four years ago, former President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for a new generation of political leaders to step up. On Wednesday, he’ll implore Americans to vote for Joe Biden, a 77-year-old who has been on the national political stage for more than four decades. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 19, 2020 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama will issue a blistering rebuke of President Donald Trump in Wednesday's Democratic Party convention, accusing his successor of unleashing America’s “worst impulses” and treating the presidency as a reality show “to get the attention he craves." In excerpts released...
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Pro-democracy students with tape covering their mouths raise a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance, during a protest rally at Mahidol University in Nakhan Pathom, Thailand, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Student protesters have stepped up pressure on the government with three core demands: holding new elections, amending the constitution and ending the intimidation of critics of the government. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
August 18, 2020 - 8:55 pm
NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (AP) — High school students in Thailand's capital held blank signs and flashed three-fingered salutes to show opposition to the government, and about 2,000 university students joined a protest on the outskirts of Bangkok on Tuesday as the youth-led pro-democracy movement...
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In this July 30, 2020 photo, Chris Evans, co-founder of the civic engagement video-based app "A Starting Point" with Mark Kassen, is photographed on a tablet during a remote portrait session with photographer in Los Angeles and subject in Boston, Mass. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
August 13, 2020 - 5:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Evans became the most politically prickly “Avenger” a few years back with withering tweets about President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters. But the “Captain America” actor is staying relatively quiet during this presidential campaign. He wants to amplify the...
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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, right, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Lai was arrested Monday on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers, his aide said, in the highest-profile use yet of the new national security law Beijing imposed on the city after protests last year. (AP Photo)
August 10, 2020 - 6:15 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence. Two days after Chinese and Hong Kong officials...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, Friday, July 31, 2020. She announce to postpone legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 31, 2020 - 12:48 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency ordinance in delaying...
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Young pro-democracy activists and localist candidates who were elected from unofficial pro-democracy primaries, including Joshua Wong, left, gather during a news conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy nominees including Joshua Wong were disqualified for a September legislative election, with authorities saying Wednesday, July 29, they failed to uphold the city's mini-constitution and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and Beijing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 30, 2020 - 7:15 am
HONG KONG (AP) — At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy nominees including prominent activist Joshua Wong were disqualified for September legislative elections, with authorities saying Thursday they failed to uphold the city's mini-constitution and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and Beijing. Others...
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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong poses for a picture with the nomination papers as he files his candidacy in Legislative Council elections due in September in Hong Kong Monday, July 20, 2020. Activist Wong on Monday filed to stand as a candidate in an upcoming legislative election, even as the city's new national security law could disadvantage opposition candidates from taking office. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
July 20, 2020 - 2:38 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong filed candidacy papers Monday for upcoming legislative elections in Hong Kong, where the new national security law could prevent opposition candidates from taking seats. Wong was one of the top candidates emerging from unofficial primaries held by...
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