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Hong Kong democrats 'furious' over new election ban

Fpo - A Hong Kong legislator has been barred from standing in a local election after being accused of supporting independence from China, sparking fury Monday among the city's pro-democracy camp who warn of tightening ideological control.

Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial

Fpo - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners pleaded not guilty on Monday to public nuisance charges over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive ...

Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial

Fpo - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners pleaded not guilty on Monday to public nuisance charges over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive ...

Pioneering democracy trio prepare for trial in Hong Kong

Fpo - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners go on trial next week over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive China.

US unconcerned by Bolsonaro rise in Brazil: official

Washington - The United States does not believe that far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro's possible winning of the presidency in Brazil will threaten democracy in Latin America's biggest country, a White House official said Wednesday.

Protest in Hong Kong over China suppression

Fpo - Protesters marched in Hong Kong Monday against suppression by Beijing as fears grow that freedoms in the semi-autonomous city are seriously under threat.

Review: Is technology threatening democracy? Special

A new book raises concerns about the current direction that technology is taking, particularly the threat this trajectory poses for democratic structures and institutions. Part of the problem is our unquestioning embrace of big tech.

Poland's Senate approves Supreme Court changes

Warsaw - Poland's Senate approved early Wednesday a controversial bill to reform the Supreme Court in a move that critics say puts the judicial system under government control and is a threat to the country's democracy.

Democracy in decline around the world, including US: study

Paris - A third of the world's population resides in countries where democracy is in retreat, including India, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Russia and the United States, researchers reported Thursday.

Former Polish presidents urge EU to defend rule of law

Warsaw - Three former Polish presidents, including anti-communist icon Lech Walesa, on Wednesday urged the EU to defend the rule of law in their country, which they say is under threat from the current right-wing government.

Nicaragua's way out of crisis is early elections: OAS

Washington - Early elections are the only way for crisis-gripped Nicaragua to restore peace, the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) said Wednesday, after a spate of recent anti-government unrest left at least 76 dead.

Tunisia votes in first free municipal elections

Tunis - Tunisia's first free municipal elections got under way Sunday as voters expressed frustration at the slow pace of change since the 2011 revolution in the cradle of the Arab Spring.

Thai activists vow to march on coup anniversary

Bangkok - Thai pro-democracy activists Saturday vowed to march on the seat of government to mark the fourth anniversary of a military coup, comparing the junta leader to Pinocchio for not holding promised elections.

Out for the count? Hong Kong's battered independence movement

Fpo - It was only two years ago that thousands gathered near government headquarters in the heart of Hong Kong for an energetic rally in support of independence from China.

Blow for Hong Kong democrats in key elections

Fpo - Hong Kong's democracy camp failed to claw back all their lost seats Monday in controversial by-elections as the city's pro-Beijing establishment further cements its grip.

Scuffles in Hong Kong at key vote for democrats

Fpo - Hong Kong's best-known young activists were heckled by Chinese nationalists in tense scenes Sunday as the city's pro-democracy camp tries to claw back lost seats in controversial by-elections.

Hong Kong goes to polls in crunch vote for democrats

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp will try to claw back lost seats as polls opened early Sunday in controversial by-elections that have exposed the heart of the city's political divide.

US makes symbolic cut to Cambodia aid

Washington - The White House on Tuesday said it was cutting $8.3 million worth of aid programs to Cambodia, a largely symbolic move to protest against an anti-democratic crackdown.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists 'honoured' by Nobel nomination

Hong Kong - Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow Friday said they were honoured to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a group of US lawmakers at a time when the city's freedoms are "under serious attack by China".

Spain risks downgrade to 'flawed democracy' over Catalonia: think tank

Madrid - Spain risks being downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed" one over its handling of Catalonia's secession crisis, a research group that compiles an influential annual democracy ranking warned Wednesday.The country's score dropped from 8.

Spain risks downgrade to 'flawed democracy' over Catalonia: think tank

Madrid - Spain risks being downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed" one over its handling of Catalonia's secession crisis, a research group that compiles an influential annual democracy ranking warned Wednesday.The country's score dropped from 8.

Leading Hong Kong democracy activist banned from vote

Hong Kong - One of Hong Kong's best-known democracy activists was banned Saturday from standing as lawmaker in upcoming elections, the latest blow to freedoms in the city as Beijing tightens its grip.

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong jailed over protest

Hong Kong - Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was jailed for the second time Wednesday for his role in mass pro-democracy protests as concern grows that prison terms for young campaigners are shutting down debate in the semi-autonomous city as Beijing increases contr...

India PM Modi steers party to state election wins

New Delhi - India's ruling party Monday celebrated victory in two state elections, but saw its majority dip in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stronghold of Gujarat, where the charismatic leader campaigned aggressively in a closely-fought race.

Modi declares victory for ruling party in state elections

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday declared victory for his party in two state elections, including a closely-fought race in his stronghold of Gujarat where the charismatic leader fronted the campaign.

Hong Kong democracy activist found guilty of sandwich 'attack'

Hong Kong - Hong Kong democracy activist Avery Ng was Tuesday found guilty of assault for throwing a sandwich towards the city's then-leader which hit a police officer.

Don't treat us as heroes says bailed Hong Kong activist Wong

Hong Kong - Ten weeks in jail has had an effect on Joshua Wong; he is pensive, reflective and thinner. It is an experience that has forced him to weigh up the cost of being the most recognised face of Hong Kong's democracy campaign.

Jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists released on bail

Hong Kong - Jailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released on bail Tuesday pending an appeal against sentences handed down for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests.

Jailed Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong released on bail

Hong Kong - Jailed democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released on bail Tuesday pending an appeal against convictions for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests.

Hong Kong democracy rally marks China national day

Hong Kong - Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday to mark China's national day with a pro-democracy rally, and voice growing fears that the city's liberties are under threat from Beijing.
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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Protest in Hong Kong on January 1st, 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.
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.