Latest Democracy News

US Congress members praise Taiwan's democracy in a visit that's certain to draw China's scrutiny

Feb. 22, 2024 04:37 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of United States Congress members met with Taiwan's president Thursday in a show of bipartisan support that’s certain to draw scrutiny from China, which opposes such visits and sees them as a challenge to its claim of sovereignty over the self-governing island. ...

China-born Australian democracy blogger won't appeal suspended Chinese death sentence

Feb. 21, 2024 02:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A China-born Australian democracy blogger will not appeal his suspended death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, with his family saying Wednesday a legal challenge would be detrimental to his welfare. Yang Hengjun was found guilty of espionage...

French mayors face violence and intimidation from xenophobic far-right groups

Feb. 19, 2024 00:05 AM EST

SAINT-BREVIN-LES-PINS, France (AP) — The mayor of a small resort town on the Atlantic coast of France resigned, closed his medical practice and moved away after his house and two cars were set on fire. The arson followed months of death threats over plans to relocate a refugee center near a...

Tens of thousands rail against Mexico's president and ruling party in 'march for democracy'

Feb. 18, 2024 22:26 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators cloaked in pink marched through cities in Mexico and abroad on Sunday in what they called a “march for democracy” targeting the country's ruling party in advance of the country's June 2 elections. The demonstrations called...

Hungary's government declines offer to meet US senators seeking approval for Sweden's NATO bid

Feb. 18, 2024 14:46 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators made an official visit to Hungary's capital Sunday and called on the nationalist government to immediately approve Sweden's request to join NATO. Hungary is the only one of NATO's 31 existing members not to have...

Saving democracy is central to Biden's campaign messaging. Will it resonate with swing state voters?

Feb. 17, 2024 12:11 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Just blocks from the shuttered Bethlehem Steel plant, the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley was bustling on a recent day with scores of older people eating lunch. Downstairs, out of sight, a constant stream of visitors was shopping in its massive food pantry. Over...

Threats to federal judges have more than doubled in 'alarming' spike, US Marshals director says

Feb. 14, 2024 17:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of threats targeting federal judges has more than doubled over the last three years amid a surge in violent and harassing messages directed at public officials around the U.S., the head of the U.S. Marshals said in congressional testimony Wednesday. ...

Indonesia's president, who mingles with people and listens to Metallica, still popular in last term

Feb. 13, 2024 23:39 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo’s phenomenal rise from a riverside slum, where he grew up, to the presidency of Indonesia spotlighted how far the world’s third-largest democracy had veered from a brutal authoritarian era decades ago. With his second and final five-year...

A defense minister and 2 former governors are vying for Indonesia’s presidency

Feb. 13, 2024 21:51 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian voters on Wednesday were making their choice of who will succeed popular President Joko Widodo, who is serving his second and final term. It is a three-way race for the presidency among current Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and two former...

What's at stake in Indonesia, which is choosing a president and some 20,000 other office holders

Feb. 13, 2024 21:45 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia on Wednesday opened polling stations where nearly 205 million eligible voters will choose a new president and some 20,000 other public officials. The world’s third-largest democracy is holding its fifth presidential and legislative elections...