Democracy

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at sunrise in Washington. At a time when many Americans say they're struggling to distinguish between fact and fiction, the country is broadly skeptical that facts underly some of the basic mechanisms of democracy in the United States - from political campaigns to voting choices to the policy decisions made by elected officials. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 20, 2019 - 1:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time when many Americans say they're struggling to distinguish between fact and fiction, the country is broadly skeptical that facts underlie some of the basic mechanisms of democracy in the United States — from political campaigns to voting choices to the policy decisions...
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A Belarus' Army serviceman casts his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
November 17, 2019 - 4:52 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian president has disdainfully brushed off concerns that Sunday’s parliament election, from which many opposition figures have been excluded, would be regarded as neither free nor fair. After casting his ballot in a polling station in the capital of Minsk,...
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Protesters use umbrellas to protect themselves as they face police teargas in Hong Kong, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Protesters smashed windows in a subway station and a shopping mall Sunday and police made arrests in areas across Hong Kong amid anger over a demonstrator's death and the arrest of pro-democracy lawmakers.Hong Kong is in the sixth month of protests that began in June over a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy and other grievances. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
November 10, 2019 - 7:04 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Police fired tear gas and protesters broke windows at a shopping mall Sunday in anti-government demonstrations across Hong Kong amid anger over a student activist's death and the arrest of pro-democracy lawmakers. Hong Kong is in the sixth month of protests that began in June over...
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A woman attends a vigil for student Chow Tsz-Lok in Hong Kong, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Chow Tsz-Lok, the Hong Kong university student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters died Friday in a rare fatality in five months of unrest, fueling more outrage against authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
November 09, 2019 - 9:39 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong said Saturday that they have arrested and charged six pro-democracy lawmakers, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters...
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CORRECTS POSITION - People watch a televised debate between presidential candidates Kais Saied, left, and Nabil Karoui, on the last day of campaigning before the second round of the presidential elections, in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
October 12, 2019 - 12:37 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A media mogul and a former law professor who are vying to be Tunisia's next president sparred during a televised debate over how to fight terrorism and poverty — and then they cordially shook hands. Tunisian voters celebrated the handshake as a sign that the democracy built on...
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Hong Kong police detain a protester on the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. All subway and train services were suspended, lines formed at the cash machines of shuttered banks, and shops were closed as Hong Kong dusted itself off and then started marching again Saturday after another night of rampaging violence decried as "a very dark day" by the territory's embattled leader. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 05, 2019 - 7:28 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, which diminished in intensity but didn't stop. The mask ban...
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Protestors shield behind umbrellas as they prepare to face off with police in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Riot police fired tear gas Sunday after a large crowd of protesters at a Hong Kong shopping district ignored warnings to disperse in a second straight day of clashes, sparking fears of more violence ahead of China's National Day. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 29, 2019 - 5:32 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Thousands of people have marched in Taiwan in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. Spurred by anti-China cries from loudspeakers, demonstrators took to the streets of Taipei, the capital, on Sunday despite...
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Protestors crowd a street in Hong Kong, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. A pro-democracy rally in downtown Hong Kong has ended early amid sporadic violence, with police firing tear gas and a water cannon after protesters threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at government offices. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 28, 2019 - 9:15 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A massive rally Saturday in downtown Hong Kong to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the city's 2014 protest movement ended early after violence broke out, with police firing tear gas and a water cannon after protesters threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at government buildings...
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Edgar Zambrano, the first Vice President of National Assembly, left, shares a moment with National Assembly Juan Guaido, during a legislative session in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Lawmakers with the ruling socialist party returned to the National Assembly Tuesday after years of absence as part of a widely criticized pact between President Nicolas Maduro and a handful of outlier opposition parties. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
September 24, 2019 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The $52 million in new...
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Pro-China protesters wave a Chinese national flag at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Protest-related activities are expected to continue Friday, when Chinese celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with lanterns and mooncakes. Police banned a planned major march in central Hong Kong on Sunday, but many protesters have said they will turn up anyway. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
September 13, 2019 - 7:19 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A tennis tournament and a London musical are the latest events postponed in Hong Kong out of concerns over safety and disruptions from pro-democracy protests. K-pop concerts, Chanel fashion shows and international conferences have been canceled, postponed or moved out of the semi-...
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