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Thai activists charged for violence against the queen

Bangkok - Five pro-democracy activists in Thailand were charged Wednesday with the criminal offence of attempting to harm the queen, over an encounter with a royal motorcade during a protest last year.

Thai police fire rubber bullets at protesters outside PM's residence

Bangkok - Thai police shot rubber bullets and used water cannon and tear gas against pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok Sunday at a rally outside a military barracks housing the prime minister's residence.

Biden declares America, transatlantic alliance 'back'

Washington - President Joe Biden declared the "transatlantic alliance is back" Friday in a powerful speech seeking to reestablish the United States as leader of the West against what he called a global assault on democracy.

Suu Kyi's fate, and Myanmar's, in the balance after army coup

Yangon - After a lifetime struggling against Myanmar's military, 75-year-old Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is back under detention with a junta in power –- although her international image no longer shines.

Myanmar coup: What we know so far

Yangon - The Myanmar military's seizure of power on Monday follows weeks of tensions with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.

For Swiss preschoolers, democracy is child's play

Lausanne - Rather than playing house or building blocks, a few dozen Swiss preschoolers line up to cast their ballots in a vote that will shape lives in the make-believe village where they call the shots.

'Post-9/11 era is over': Mob attack to haunt Biden on world stage

Washington - President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to restore a global leadership role for the United States, but he will be haunted by a final act of his predecessor -- inciting a mob to trash the US Capitol.

Pro-Trump protests targeted state capitols across the U.S.

While pro-Trump protests in Washington D.C. turned into what many lawmakers are calling an act of insurrection and an attack on Democracy on Wednesday, across the nation, protesters, some of them armed, descended on statehouses from California to Georgia.

Pandemic putting democracy under threat: study

Stockholm - More than six in 10 countries around the world have adopted measures during the Covid-19 pandemic that threaten democracy or human rights, a report by democracy institute International IDEA said Wednesday.

Cold War security body OSCE set to fill leadership vacuum

Vienna - The international security body OSCE is expected to fill an unprecedented leadership vacuum, during meetings Thursday and Friday, after it failed to reappoint four of its top leaders in July.

Denying defeat, Trump offers fodder for world's strongmen

Washington - The United States has long championed democracy around the world, pushing persistently, if not always consistently, for leaders to give up power when they lose.

Thai pro-democracy protesters scale Bangkok monument and rappers take aim at monarchy

Bangkok - Thai pro-democracy protesters scaled a Bangkok monument Saturday night to unfurl a giant banner scribbled with anti-government slogans, and a Thai hip hop group took aim at the monarchy with their new song.

Thai opposition figure charged over illegal protest

Bangkok - A prominent Thai anti-establishment figure was on Thursday charged for his role in an illegal flash mob protest last year, prosecutors in the country's capital said.

Hong Kong activist 'Grandma Wong' says held 14 months in mainland China

Fpo - An elderly woman who disappeared midway through Hong Kong's democracy protests last year resurfaced in the financial hub on Saturday after 14 months away, saying she had been detained on the Chinese mainland.

Op-Ed: Voters have a voice in November - Chaos or compassion and decency

The New York Times editorial staff wrote that Donald Trump is the "Greatest threat to American Democracy since WWII," while Rudy Giuliani's daughter, in Vanity Fair, called on voters to end Trump's "reign of terror."

Police arrest 21 at Thai pro-democracy rally

Bangkok - Police arrested 21 protesters Tuesday during a Bangkok rally that saw dozens of people give a royal motorcade a three-fingered salute -- a show of defiance by Thai pro-democracy activists calling for reforms to the monarchy.

Thai protesters defy monarchy with 'People's Plaque'

Bangkok - Thousands of protesters cheered as activists installed a plaque in Bangkok Sunday declaring that Thailand "belongs to the people" -- the boldest show of defiance in a youth-led movement which is questioning the unassailable monarchy's role in the count...

Polls in Ethiopia's Tigray set to escalate standoff with Abiy

Adigrat - In a career that took him from Mogadishu to Washington and beyond, veteran diplomat Wondimu Asamnew spent 24 years pleading Ethiopia's case to the world.

Anger in Togo after government accused of using spyware on critics

Lom - A Togolese civil society coalition on Wednesday accused the government of spying on the public after it was reported that six critics of President Faure Gnassingbe, including Catholic leaders, had been victims of a hacking campaign.

Hong Kong couple acquitted of rioting charges

Fpo - A Hong Kong couple were found not guilty of rioting during last year's pro-democracy protests on Friday in a ruling that could see hundreds of others avoid jail time.

Hong Kong democrats hold primary despite security law warning

Fpo - Pro-democracy parties in Hong Kong held primary polls on Saturday to choose candidates for upcoming legislative elections despite warnings from government officials that it may be in breach of a new security law imposed by China.

Facebook says to block foreign state media ads for US election

San Francisco - Facebook says it will block ads from foreign state media during the US election, as well as allowing users to hide all paid-for political messages.

South Korea's Moon honours Gwangju Uprising victims

Seoul - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in honoured victims of the pro-democracy Gwangju Uprising on Monday, speaking at the spot where protesters were killed 40 years ago.

Trauma endures of South Korea's Gwangju Uprising

Gwangju - It is 40 years since Choi Jung-ja saw her husband, who has been missing since South Korea's military dictatorship killed hundreds of people when they crushed the pro-democracy Gwangju Uprising, a scar that burns in the country's political psyche to thi...

Hong Kong activists arrested over last year's democracy rallies

Fpo - Police in Hong Kong carried out a sweeping operation against high-profile democracy campaigners on Saturday, arresting 15 activists on charges related to massive protests that rocked the Asian financial hub last year.

US warns Hungary on 'undue' rights restrictions over virus

Washington - The United States on Wednesday warned Hungary against restricting human rights and press freedom after parliament gave nationalist leader Viktor Orban sweeping powers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ethiopia to free dozens of opposition prisoners

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia announced Tuesday it would release dozens of high-profile prisoners from jail, including opposition activists held over an alleged coup and other high-ranking government critics.

Joyous scenes as Bougainville independence vote starts

Joyous voters in the Pacific island chain of Bougainville cheered and sang as they flocked to the polls Saturday at the start of a long-awaited referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.

Belarus polls showed 'lack of respect' for democracy: monitors

Minsk - Parliamentary polls in Belarus lacked respect for democracy and denied basic freedoms to voters and candidates, international vote observers said Monday, after the opposition failed to win a single seat.

Poland broke EU law by trying to lower judges' retirement age

Luxembourg - An attempt by Poland to change the retirement age of its judges broke EU law, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, prompting Brussels to demand Warsaw quickly fix the damage it caused to the ranks of its judiciary.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Former North Korean prison camp inmate Chol-Hwan Kang attends the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy in Geneva, February 19, 2013
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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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Great song, but perhaps a bit hopeful.
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Some of the people attending "Shine a Light on Democracy" in downtown Guelph Tuesday March 2, 2010.
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.
A view of the people who turned up to  Shine a Light on Democracy.
A view of the people who turned up to "Shine a Light on Democracy."
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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Protesters who came to participate in "Shining a Light on Democracy" in Guelph on March 2nd.
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.
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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Jerry Prager describes the Mace and its journey across Canada to "Shining a Light on Democracy" participants in Guelph, March 2nd.
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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