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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers blast Britain over report

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no "commitment" to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing.

Macau announces democracy vote after massive Hong Kong poll

Hong Kong - Activists in the gambling hub of Macau have announced an unofficial referendum on electoral reform in the latest challenge to Beijing, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong.

Police arrest 500 after huge Hong Kong democracy march

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 protesters at a sit-in early Wednesday following a huge march that organisers said mobilised half a million people demanding democratic reforms.

Hundreds of thousands march for democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Waving colonial-era flags and chanting anti-Beijing slogans, more than half a million protesters staged a pro-democracy march in rain-soaked Hong Kong Tuesday, organisers said claiming the largest turnout since the city was handed back to China.

Hong Kong braces for huge democracy protest

Hong Kong - Hundreds of thousands of protesters are set to take to the streets in Hong Kong on Tuesday in a pro-democracy rally which organisers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China.

China media slams Hong Kong democracy poll despite 800,000 votes

Hong Kong - Organisers Monday urged Hong Kong's government to take seriously an unofficial referendum on democratic reform after nearly 800,000 people voted in the Chinese city, but state media in Beijing dismissed the ballot as unpatriotic.

Hong Kong democracy poll closes with nearly 800,000 votes: organisers

Hong Kong - Polls in an unofficial vote on electoral reform in Hong Kong closed Sunday with almost 800,000 taking part, organisers said, days before an expected major protest seeking greater democracy for the southern Chinese city.

Hong Kong hits back at Chinese media over democracy poll

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday hit back at Chinese media criticism of an unofficial democracy poll in the city, softening his previous stance on the ballot after more than 700,000 people voted.

Hong Kongers defy Beijing to vote in democracy referendum

Hong Kong - Hong Kong citizens cast their ballots in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform Sunday, as booths opened across the territory in a poll that has enraged Beijing and drawn nearly 650,000 votes since it opened online.

More than half-a-million vote in Hong Kong democracy poll

Hong Kong - More than half-a-million people have voted in an unofficial Hong Kong electoral reform poll, organisers said Saturday, in a ballot hit by a massive cyberattack and labelled by Beijing as "illegal".

Venezuela's judiciary targeting protestors

Geneva - Venezuela's judiciary is cracking down on students and dissidents while allowing nine out of ten other crimes, including thousands of murders, to go unpunished, an international watchdog said Thursday.

Op-Ed: The circular, peculiar state of CSEC oversight Special

Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) is insulated from meaningful oversight. This article explains how the agency avoids scrutiny, and what you can do to encourage change.

Tutu 'glad' Mandela not alive to see today's S.Africa

Cape Town - Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said in an interview published Sunday that he was glad Nelson Mandela was not alive to witness the current state of South Africa."I'm glad that Madiba is dead.

South Africa celebrates 20 years since apartheid

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma led celebrations Sunday on the 20th anniversary of post-apartheid democracy in South Africa, insisting it is closer to its dream of a multi-racial nation despite stubborn inequality, poverty and corruption.

Op-Ed: Leadnow's call to action against voter suppression, election law Special

Vancouver - Rodrigo Samayoa of Leadnow (Vancouver) discusses voter suppression, how the Unfair Elections Act (UEA) will disenfranchise many voters and will affect fraud investigations. He encourages people, including youth, to sign the unfair elections act petition.

SABC bans DA television commercial critical of ANC

The South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) has banned and refuses to show a Democratic Alliance (DA) political television commercial critical of current ANC government, ahead of the coming May elections.

Suu Kyi cautions Myanmar 'not yet a democracy'

Berlin - Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi warned Friday that her country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, "is not yet a democracy".

Thirst for democracy catches world powers off guard

Washington - Time was, overturning a freely-elected government would have earned a sharp US rebuke.

Elections don't always lead to democracy, says Kerry

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke passionately about the "incredible yearning for modernity" sweeping across the world, warning that free elections do not necessarily usher in true democracy in many countries.The months of protests in Ukraine that...

Op-Ed: 'Twitch Plays Pokemon' takes the Internet by storm Special

In the wake of Flappy Bird's demise, a new Internet sensation has taken over that's one part Internet phenomenon, one part social experiment, and all parts frustration.

Op-Ed: Economic recovery cannot exist in a plutocratic America

Much debate is had every month when job reports are released about the state of our economy, but these debates are between politicians and economists and rarely reflect what the American people as a whole feel or think.

Cuba Edmonton Committee to Harper: Start supporting Cuba

Edmonton - A group supporting Cuba's right to self-determination and sovereignty is suggesting the communist country has more provisions for freedom than what is allowed by Prime Minster Stephen Harper's government in Canada.

Op-Ed: Parallels in U.S. and South African history

Cape Town - The disenfranchisement of the black majority in South Africa did not begin with the rule of the Afrikaner-dominated Nationalist Party in 1948, but after a history of British colonization much like the U.S.

Philippine leader to help in Myanmar's democratic transition

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will be helping Myanmar in its efforts to open its society to democratic reforms after many years of isolation brought about by the long years of military rule.

Op-Ed: Mandela dies at age 95

Johannesburg - South Africa has announced the death, at the age of 95, of former President Nelson Mandela, who led the country in the struggle against white-minority rule.

U.S. suspends deliveries of F-16's to Egypt

The U.S. has announced that it has suspended it's deliveries of four F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian military, due to the current crisis in Egypt.

Myanmar President Thein Sein to release all political prisoners

Myanmar President Thein Sein promised to release all political prisoners in his country by the end of the year during his official visit to the UK on Monday.

In India, women village heads face gender bias, discrimination Special

Gender bias at home and office stalks India’s tribal women village leaders. However, fear of revenge forces them to maintain a stoic silence.

Turks protest for freedom Special

Istanbul - Protests that began earlier this week in Istanbul because of a park threatened by bulldozers have spread throughout Turkey as Turks call for the saving of democracy and not just trees.

Op-Ed: CIA foiled again, this time by Nicolas Maduro

The CIA and the United States Government have had considerable success in toppling democracies around the world but they may have met their match in Presidente Nicolas Maduro, the legitimately elected leader of Venezuela.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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