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Hong Kong activists defiant in face of possible jail term

Hong Kong - A defiant Joshua Wong, who became the face of Hong Kong's huge Umbrella Movement, said Wednesday he had no regrets as he prepared for a possible prison sentence for his leading role in the mass pro-democracy protests.

Op-Ed: Government department bans the use of the term 'climate change'

Washington - The staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work. The terms "greenhouse gasses" and "carbon sequestration" have also been blacklisted.

Dark days for China's democracy dream

Central - The death of Liu Xiaobo deprives China's dissident movement of a crucial figurehead at a time when political activism on the mainland is being forced ever deeper underground, and pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong are under threat.

Protests after Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament

Hong Kong - Activists accused Beijing of crippling Hong Kong's parliament Friday after four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified.More than 1,000 people protested near the government offices Friday night in response to the decision.

Anti-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament

Hong Kong - Four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from Hong Kong's parliament Friday in a move that will worsen growing fears the city's freedoms are under serious threat from Beijing.

Sri Lanka vows Tamil autonomy despite Buddhist resistance

Colombo - Sri Lanka vowed Wednesday to grant greater autonomy to its Tamil minority in a new constitution after an influential Buddhist monk said the clergy opposed the plan.

Op-Ed: Trump's firing of FBI Director shows how dangerous he really is

President Donald Trump has stepped over the line and thrown the presidency and this nation into a dangerous and uncharted territory. Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey shows the extent Trump is willing to go in leading us to our destruction.

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy: activists

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war is part of a worrying assault on human rights and democracy across Southeast Asia, activists said as regional leaders gathered in Manila on Friday.

Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Nine democracy protesters were arrested in Hong Kong Thursday over an anti-Beijing rally in the latest swoop by police as activists say they are being persecuted.

The Gambia prepares for first post-Jammeh poll

Banjul - The Gambia holds its first election Thursday since the downfall of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, with expectations high that new lawmakers will overhaul a national assembly once derided as a mere rubberstamp.

Hong Kong activist jailed over Umbrella Movement protest

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong democracy activist was jailed Thursday over Umbrella Movement mass protests while nine more campaigners face charges, as fears grow that freedoms are under threat in the semi-autonomous city.

Duterte offers authoritarianism as Philippine panacea

Manila - Three turbulent decades after the Philippines shed dictatorship, President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a return to authoritarian rule as a solution to all the problems democracy has failed to fix.

Hong Kong targets activists day after vote

Hong Kong - Police cracked down on Hong Kong democracy activists Monday saying they would be charged over the Umbrella Movement mass protests, a day after a pro-Beijing candidate was chosen as the city's new leader.

Hong Kong targets activists day after vote

Hong Kong - Police cracked down on Hong Kong democracy activists Monday saying they would be charged over the Umbrella Movement mass protests, a day after a pro-Beijing candidate was chosen as the city's new leader.

Hong Kong targets activists day after vote

Hong Kong - Police cracked down on Hong Kong democracy activists Monday saying they would be charged over the Umbrella Movement mass protests, a day after a pro-Beijing candidate was chosen as the city's new leader.

Hong Kong's divisive new leader faces tough task

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam, seen as tough and capable by supporters but hated by the pro-democracy camp, faces a difficult task in calming political tensions in the divided city.

Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership

Hong Kong - Beijing favourite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong's new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city's cherished freedoms.

Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership

Hong Kong - Beijing favourite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong's new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city's cherished freedoms.

Activists march ahead of vote for Hong Kong leader

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy activists and hundreds of supporters marched in Hong Kong Saturday ahead of a vote for the city's next leader which they reject as a sham.

Activists march ahead of vote for Hong Kong leader

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy activists and hundreds of supporters marched in Hong Kong Saturday ahead of a vote for the city's next leader which they reject as a sham.

Activists march ahead of vote for Hong Kong leader

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy activists and hundreds of supporters marched in Hong Kong Saturday ahead of a vote for the city's next leader which they reject as a sham.

Hong Kong leadership rivals clash ahead of 'unfair' vote

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leadership candidates faced off in a live television debate Tuesday as criticism mounts over an appointment process skewed towards Beijing, bypassing the vast majority of voters.

Op-Ed: Cardboard and empty chairs to primary Republicans and Democrats

This week's piece of lightweight political commentary takes a hard look at the newest craze sweeping the nation: cardboard democracy!

Hong Kong's ousted anti-China lawmakers make final appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two ousted pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers on Wednesday announced they were making a final bid to overturn a controversial Beijing-linked ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament.

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying will not run again

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying, who has been vilified by critics as a puppet of Beijing, said Friday he would not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Hong Kong - Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city's politics.

Marcos critics strip, parade coffins in Philippines

Manila - Critics of the Ferdinand Marcos regime staged a naked protest Friday, while others marched through the streets with a mock coffin to denounce the late dictator's burial at the Philippines' cemetery for heroes.

Mortician to Philippines' Marcos reveals trade secrets

Manila - A wax mask covered the face of Ferdinand Marcos for the 23 years his corpse was on show, but the body on display was no fake, the Philippine dictator's mortician told AFP in an interview.
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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.
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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.
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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Great song, but perhaps a bit hopeful.
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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Some of the people attending "Shine a Light on Democracy" in downtown Guelph Tuesday March 2, 2010.
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It doesn't really matter which way hot air blows. It matters who suffocates as a result.
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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