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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2016 file photo, Brazil's impeached President Dilma Rousseff receives flowers and gifts from supporters as she leaves the presidential residence, Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Academy Award nomination for a Brazilian documentary about the impeachment of then-President Dilma Rousseff has once again laid bare the polarization of Latin America's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil documentary gets Oscar nomination, exposes division

Jan. 13, 2020 6:20 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Academy Award nomination for a Brazilian documentary about the impeachment of then-President Dilma Rousseff has laid bare the polarization of Latin America's largest democracy. In “The Edge of Democracy," 36-year-old filmmaker Petra Costa uses her personal story to argue that...

Teng Biao, a Chinese legal scholar and human rights activist who now lives in the U.S, speaks during a forum in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Chinese pro-democracy activists who traveled to Taiwan to observe its presidential election said Sunday that the re-election of independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen gave them cause for hope despite Beijing's quashing of dissent on the mainland. (AP Photo/Elaine Kurtenbach)

China democracy activists cheered by Taiwan election results

Jan. 12, 2020 4:31 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese pro-democracy activists who traveled to Taiwan to observe the island's presidential election said Sunday that the reelection of independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen gave them cause for hope despite Beijing's quashing of dissent on the mainland. More than a dozen...

Supporters of the anti-military Future Forward Party participate in a run dubbed as

Thousands run against 'dictatorship' in Thai capital

Jan. 12, 2020 2:48 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters took part in the “Run Against Dictatorship” in the Thai capital Sunday in the biggest political demonstration in years. Organizers said more than 13,000 people turned up for the run at a park, demanding that Prime Minister Prayuth...

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen celebrates her victory with supporters in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.  Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen won a second term in a landslide election victory Saturday, signaling strong support for her tough stance against China. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan’s leader reelected as voters back tough China stance

Jan. 11, 2020 11:11 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Tsai Ing-wen was reelected as Taiwan's president by a landslide Saturday in a victory that signaled strong support for her tough stance against China among voters determined to defend their democratic way of life. Tsai, from the Democratic Progressive Party, soundly defeated...

Taiwanese begin voting in test of calls by independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen to uphold democracy

Jan. 10, 2020 7:04 PM EST
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese begin voting in test of calls by independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen to uphold democracy.
A supporter of Han Kuo-yu, Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate for the KMT or Nationalist Party, wearing the colors of the Taiwan flag, waits for the start of a campaign rally in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung city on Friday, Jan 10, 2020. Taiwan will hold its presidential election on Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Taiwan president urges voters to turn out, uphold democracy

Jan. 10, 2020 9:04 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — T aiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urged her supporters to turn out at the polls in force as campaigning for national elections wrapped up Friday with last minute stumping and rousing rallies before this weekend's election. “Every one of us must vote!” Tsai told a late...

Hong Kong students visit the campaign headquarters for the Democratic Progressive Party in Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Several dozen students from Hong Kong took the opportunity this week to visit Taiwan to observe its democracy up close. The students visited party campaign headquarters and attended rallies as part of their study tour of the Jan. 11 presidential election. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong students get close-up look at Taiwan democracy

Jan. 9, 2020 8:07 PM EST

Taipei, TAIWAN (AP) — For 20-year-old Olivia Tam, a journalism student at Hong Kong Baptist University, Taiwan in the run-up to its presidential election seems a world apart from her hometown. As part of an eight-day trip organized by her university, Tam watched thousands of members of the opposition...

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) speaks during a televised policy debate in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Taiwan will hold its general elections on Jan. 11, 2020. (Pool Photo via AP)

Taiwan president: Island's democracy under threat from China

Dec. 29, 2019 5:42 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday that the self-governing island's democracy remains under direct threat from rival China, underscoring her calls for closer ties with the U.S. and other allies. Tsai was speaking at a televised debate against Han Kuo-yu of the main...

In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, photo, Karen Brenson Bell, from North Carolina, listens during an exercise run by military and national security officials, for state and local election officials to simulate different scenarios for the 2020 elections, in Springfield, Va. These government officials are on the front lines of a different kind of high-stakes battlefield, one in which they are helping to defend American democracy by ensuring free and fair elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

Dec. 26, 2019 1:39 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation’s capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think. These government officials are on the front lines...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018 file handout photo provided by a Sudanese activist, Sudanese protesters set fire to the ruling party headquarters, in Atbara, Sudan. On the first anniversary of the mass protest movement that forced Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir from power, Amnesty International urged the new transitional government to deliver on the Sudanese people’s demands for sweeping change. (Sudanese Activist via AP, File)

Year on, Amnesty urges Sudan deliver on protesters' demands

Dec. 19, 2019 9:40 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday urged Sudan's new transitional government to deliver on popular demands for sweeping change as the country marked the first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. A year ago, the first...