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A woman speaks during a protest, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky.  Protests against racial injustice aren't just part of the United States' national conversation. America's foes have taken note too, using the demonstrations and images of police violence to criticize the country at the U.N. General Assembly this year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The U.S. reckoning on race, seen through other nations' eyes

Sep. 26, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's not only in the United States where protests against racial injustice are part of the national conversation. A handful of America's critics have taken note too, using recent months' demonstrations and graphic images of police violence to denounce the country at the...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to media as he arrives at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, as he returns Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Progressives pledge to keep pushing Biden to expand court

Sep. 24, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since Joe Biden ran away with the Democratic presidential nomination in March, leading progressives have accepted him — sometimes grudgingly — as their party's leader. But, in the final weeks of the campaign, the Supreme Court vacancy is threatening to inflame old divides....

A man walks near a hole at the Sanam Luang field in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. A plaque symbolizing Thailand's transition to democracy has been removed less than 24 hours after it was installed by anti-government demonstrators in a historic royal field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in less than a day

Sep. 21, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand was removed from a royal field less than 24 hours after being installed by anti-government protesters and was submitted as evidence in connection with a complaint by officials that its installation was illegal, police said Monday. The...

Pro-democracy student leaders install a plaque declaring

Thai protesters install plaque symbolizing democracy

Sep. 20, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators occupying a historic field in the Thai capital on Sunday installed a plaque symbolizing the country's transition to democracy to replace the original one that was mysteriously ripped out and stolen three years ago, as they vowed to press on with calls for new...

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a memorial service for the late former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei, Taiwan on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Lee, remembered for leading the island's transition to democracy, died at age 97 in July, (Pool Photo via AP)

China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honors late leader

Sep. 19, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China sent more warplanes toward Taiwan for the second day Saturday as the island's leader, senior government officials and a high-level U.S. envoy paid tribute to the man who led Taiwan's transition to democracy, former President Lee Teng-hui. Keith Krach, the U.S. undersecretary for...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Justice minister accuses EU of 'attack' on Polish democracy

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister accused the European Union of waging an “attack on democracy" after the European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing lax adherence to the rule of law and discrimination against women, LGBT people and minorities in the EU member-state. Justice...

FILE- In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampha, left, greets as he arrives at criminal courthouse for hearing to determine whether he has violated his bail conditions in Bangkok, Thailand. Nampha and Panupong Jadnok, two top leaders of Thailand's pro-democracy protest movement, were released from jail Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 after police agreed they no longer needed to be detained for investigation. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

2 top Thai pro-democracy protesters released from jail

Sep. 7, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two top leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy protest movement were released from jail on Monday after police agreed they no longer needed to be detained for investigation. Bangkok Criminal Court last Thursday ordered Arnon Nampha and Panupong Jadnok to be held in Bangkok Remand Prison...

A woman wears a face mask reading 'Free Uyghurs' as she attends a protest during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets his Chinese counterpart at the foreign ministry guest house Villa Borsig for bilateral talks. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Hong Kong democracy activists urge German action on China

Sep. 1, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activists demonstrated outside the German Foreign Ministry as China's top diplomat visited Germany's capital Tuesday, urging the government in Berlin to do more to force Beijing to address human rights issues. Led by prominent activist Nathan Law, who fled to Britain...

Poland marks 40 years since key pro-democracy agreement

Aug. 31, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Monday celebrated 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc's first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course of the nation's history. At the same time, Poland is closely watching protests in neighboring Belarus...

Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil, front left, is greeted by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu as he arrives for delivering a speech at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Aug. 31. 2020. Vystrcil arrived in Taiwan on Sunday accompanied by Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib and more than 80 representatives from government, business and academia for a six-day visit. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Czech officials visit Taiwan as China threatens retaliation

Aug. 31, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Czech Republic's top legislator on Monday told an economic forum in Taiwan that freedom and democracy are the basis of prosperity, on the second day of a visit that has drawn vows of retaliation from Beijing. Senate President Milos Vystrcil is leading a delegation of 89 leaders...