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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands with Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the ruling sovereign council, in Khartoum, Sudan. President Donald Trump on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and families. (Sudanese Cabinet via AP, File)

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

Oct. 19, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and their families, but some hurt in the attacks weren't happy with the deal. The move would open...

In this Oct. 9, 2020 photo, former lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung, known as

Pandemic, politics lead to closure of storied Hong Kong bar

Oct. 18, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Nearly 15 years ago, Grace Ma decided to name her bar Club 71, in commemoration of a July 1, 2003, rally where hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers protested a proposed national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese city. “I took the name Club 71, because somehow it is more...

Pro-democracy protesters march during a protest in Udom Suk, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The authorities in Bangkok shut down mass transit systems and set up roadblocks Saturday as Thailand’s capital faced a fourth straight day of determined anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Transit shutdowns fail to deter Thai pro-democracy protests

Oct. 17, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city's mass transit systems. Unlike protests a day earlier, in which police used a water cannon...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo supporters react as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport in Des Moines, Iowa. The overwhelming majority of voters believe the nation is deeply divided over its most important values and many have doubts about the health of the democracy itself. And supporters of President Donald Trump and Joe Biden alike think the opposing candidate will make things even worse if elected, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

AP-NORC poll: Voters see the nation as fundamentally divided

Oct. 16, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The overwhelming majority of voters believe the nation is deeply divided over its most important values, and many have doubts about the health of the democracy itself. And supporters of President Donald Trump and Joe Biden alike think the opposing candidate will make things even worse if...

Pro-democracy activists Jimmy Lai, left, and Leung Kwok-hung, right, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Lai on Thursday, according to Lai's aide. The raid comes ahead of Lai’s scheduled court appearance Thursday on charges of joining an unauthorized assembly on June 4. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong police raids outspoken media tycoon's office

Oct. 15, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s aide. Lai’s aide Mark Simon wrote in a post on Twitter that 14 police officers visited Lai's office and confiscated documents. Lai, 71, is an...

Pro-democracy protesters push Thai policemen with riot shields during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Thai police dispersed a group of protesters holding an overnight rally outside the prime minister's office. (AP Photo/Rapeephat Sitichailapa)

Thai police disperse protesters outside PM's office

Oct. 14, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police early Thursday dispersed a group of pro-democracy protesters who camped out overnight outside the office of the prime minister to demand his resignation, leading him to implement a “severe” state of emergency in the capital area. An Associated Press journalist saw...

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters march out from the Democracy Monument to the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered Wednesday for a rally at Bangkok's Democracy Monument being held on the anniversary of a 1973 popular uprising that led to the ousting of a military dictatorship, amid a heavy police presence and fear of clashes with political opponents. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Thai democracy protesters march despite police, rival groups

Oct. 14, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai activists hoping to keep up the momentum in their campaign for democratic change held a third major rally in Bangkok on Wednesday, amid concerns about a possible confrontation with police or rival groups supporting the government. Despite a massive security presence and harassment from...

Chita Rivera appears at the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 10, 2018, from left, Peppermint appears at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 13, 2019 and Allison Janney appears at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. Broadway and the world of drag will combine later this month for a streaming variety show

Broadway stars and drag queens to unite for voter drive show

Oct. 1, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway and the world of drag will combine later this month for a streaming variety show to promote voter participation that promises plenty of show tunes and a lot of fierce lipstick. “Divas For Democracy: United We Slay” will feature Broadway stars such as Chita Rivera and...

Supporters of the. military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) wave the party flags and cheer from their motorbikes during an election campaign for next month's  general election, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Ethnic identifiers in Myanmar election app criticized

Oct. 1, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Sweden-based organization that promotes democracy and assists in organizing elections said Thursday it is not responsible for a smartphone application's inclusion of a controversial term describing the ethnic background of at least two candidates in Myanmar’s upcoming...

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks in front of a newly-painted mural by artist Ndubisi Okoye, during a press conference by MichiganVoting.com Coalition members announcing

12 Democratic governors vow that all votes will be counted

Sep. 30, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Twelve Democratic governors issued a joint statement on Wednesday defending American democracy, vowing that every valid ballot will be counted in the election after President Donald Trump sowed distrust during the first presidential debate. Trump claimed without evidence Tuesday night...