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Sudan's generals, pro-democracy group ink deal to end crisis

Dec. 05, 2022 13:58 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s coup leaders and the main pro-democracy group signed a deal Monday to establish a civilian-led transitional government following the military takeover last year. But key players refused to participate, and no deadline was set for the transition to begin. ...

Sudan’s ruling generals, main pro-democracy group sign framework deal until elections; key dissenters stay out of deal

Dec. 05, 2022 05:01 AM EST
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s ruling generals, main pro-democracy group sign framework deal until elections; key dissenters stay out of deal.

Supreme Court weighs 'most important case' on democracy

Dec. 04, 2022 17:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is about to confront a new elections case, a Republican-led challenge asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency. The court is set to hear...

Hong Kong divided over China's COVID-19 protests

Dec. 02, 2022 05:09 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The recent wave of protests against China's anti-virus restrictions was a ray of hope for some supporters of Hong Kong's own pro-democracy movement after local authorities stifled it using a national security law enacted in 2020. Thomas So, who joined about a...

Hong Kong publisher Lai faces Security Law in delayed trial

Nov. 30, 2022 23:18 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Jimmy Lai broke into Hong Kong's rambunctious media world 30 years ago armed with the belief that delivering information equates with protecting freedom. Lai's own freedom is at stake as he fights charges of endangering national security as former publisher of his...

Report: Authoritarianism on the rise as democracy weakens

Nov. 30, 2022 06:23 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Democracy is being degraded around the world because people are losing faith in the legitimacy of elections and see freedom of expression being stymied, among a range of other problems, according to a global body founded to promote democracy worldwide. ...

US, allies announce plans for second democracy summit

Nov. 29, 2022 13:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday announced plans for a second Summit for Democracy next year, this time to be co-hosted by the governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, South Korea and Zambia. The summit will be held March 29 to March 30 in a virtual format...

EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat charges?

Nov. 29, 2022 11:10 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault...

Hong Kong asks Beijing to step in into row over UK lawyer

Nov. 28, 2022 09:35 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said on Monday he will ask Beijing to rule whether to let foreign lawyers be involved in national security cases after the city's top court allowed a prominent pro-democracy publisher to hire a British lawyer for his upcoming trial. John Lee...

'Democracy voters' delivered for Democrats in tightest races

Nov. 16, 2022 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tried to shape the midterm elections not as a verdict on his time in office, but rather on the contrast between Democrats and Republicans on American democracy. “We’ll have our difference of opinion. And that’s how it’s supposed to...