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Germany grants asylum to 2 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

May. 22, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has granted asylum to two Hong Kong activists in a sign of growing concern over how dissent is dealt with in the territory. In interviews with The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times published on Wednesday, Ray Wong Toi Yeung said he and fellow pro-democracy protester Alan Li Tung...

Erdogan defends Istanbul vote redo, critics see power grab

May. 7, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Tuesday that rerunning the Istanbul mayoral vote that was won by the opposition will only strengthen democracy, while critics called the decision an "outrageous" move to eliminate dissent against his government. Ruling in favor of...

Turkey's electoral board orders re-run of Istanbul vote

May. 6, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's top election authority voided the Istanbul mayoral election won by an opposition candidate and ordered a do-over, ruling Monday in favor of a request by the president's party to throw out the vote it narrowly lost. Opposition leaders said the Supreme Electoral Board's...

The Latest: Voided vote called 'victory' for democracy

May. 6, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on disputed mayoral elections in Turkey (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman says the voiding of the mayoral election in Istanbul amounts to "a victory for Turkish democracy" by ensuring the results reflect the voters' choice....

NewsBreak: Turkish president's spokesman calls invalidated Istanbul mayoral election a 'victory for democracy'

May. 6, 2019 5:39 PM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NewsBreak: Turkish president's spokesman calls invalidated Istanbul mayoral election a 'victory for democracy'

The Latest: Lima Group backs Guaidó in Venezuela unrest

Apr. 30, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A group of Latin American nations and Canada is backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in what it calls his efforts "to restore democracy" to his South American country. It rejects...

Hong Kong sentences leaders of 2014 democracy protests

Apr. 24, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A court in Hong Kong handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months Wednesday to eight leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests on public nuisance offenses. The sentences are seen as an effort by the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to draw a line under the...

Hong Kong sentences protest leaders to up to 16 months in prison for roles in 2014 pro-democracy movement

Apr. 23, 2019 11:45 PM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong sentences protest leaders to up to 16 months in prison for roles in 2014 pro-democracy movement.

Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

Apr. 20, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030. ___ Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of...

9 leaders of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests found guilty

Apr. 9, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court found nine leaders of 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations guilty Tuesday on public nuisance and other charges, a verdict that activists say likely presages more restrictions on free expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Those convicted included law professor...