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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.

Poland 'broke EU law' by trying to change 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, intensifying a showdown between Brussels and the conservative government in Warsaw over democratic standards.

Hong Kong democracy activist injured in knife attack

Fpo - A man handing out leaflets for a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant who slashed his neck and abdomen on Saturday, days after a leading activist was left bloodied in another street attack.

Colourful and controversial figures win EU parliament seats

Paris - With an intake that includes youthful idealists, weathered political survivors, former fascists and candidates elected from pre-trial detention, the European Parliament looks set to play host to a colourful and controversial array of lawmakers.

Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted in Umbrella Movement trial

Fpo - A group of Hong Kong activists face jail after being convicted Tuesday on colonial-era "public nuisance" charges for their role in organising mass pro-democracy protests that paralysed the city for months and infuriated Beijing.

Hong Kong democracy leaders await Umbrella Movement verdict

Fpo - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners will find out if they face jail Tuesday for their involvement in mass rallies, with their trial sparking renewed alarm over shrinking political freedoms under an assertive China.

Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely': Amnesty

Fpo - Hong Kong's human rights have "deteriorated severely" over the past year, with free speech under attack, Amnesty International said Tuesday, the latest report to criticise the city's government for restricting liberties.

Dissidents trapped inside Taiwan airport allowed in after 125 days

Taipei - Two Chinese activists who spent more than four months trapped in limbo at a Taiwanese airport have been temporarily allowed to stay on the island, officials said Thursday.

Tech experts: Facebook is to democracy what smoking is to health

At the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting, some tech experts are embracing Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's comparison of Facebook to smoking.

Macau denies entry to Hong Kong former activist leader

Fpo - A former leader of Hong Kong's student-led Umbrella Movement protests has been refused entry to Macau as a "public security" threat in what critics said was a new escalation in Beijing's drive to curb the movement of dissidents.

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.
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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.
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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Protesters who came to participate in "Shining a Light on Democracy" in Guelph on March 2nd.
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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.
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A view of the people who turned up to "Shine a Light on Democracy."
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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.
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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