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OAS invokes Inter-American Democratic Charter on Nicaragua

Jan. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States is calling on the body to formally assess the state of democracy in Nicaragua and possibly to take action to "foster the restoration of democracy." The Central American nation has been mired in a political crisis since protests broke out in...

Gabon government thwarts coup attempt, 2 plotters dead

Jan. 7, 2019 4:15 PM EST

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government thwarted an attempted military coup on Monday, retaining control of the oil-rich West African nation after two plotters were killed and other army officers were arrested, the government said. Authorities regained control of state broadcasting offices and a major...

UK leader May: Brexit critics risk damaging UK democracy

Jan. 6, 2019 9:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday that a delayed vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal will "definitely" go ahead later this month, as she promised to set out measures to win over skeptical lawmakers. May told the BBC that in the coming days she will give more details about...

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

Dec. 17, 2018 3:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain's Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 — more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU. But even as May...

Analysis: In democracies' political chaos, new model emerges

Dec. 14, 2018 6:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Bickering in the Oval Office. Shouting at the Houses of Parliament. Rioting on the Champs-Elysees. It's a chaotic moment for the countries that have long underpinned the global order, a time of instability for the balance of power that has reigned for decades. Across the world, people are...

Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

Dec. 13, 2018 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump's most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real." Flake declined to seek re-election to a second term, acknowledging that his...

Cambodia mulls law to restore opposition politicians' rights

Dec. 4, 2018 7:48 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's parliament will consider legislation to allow politicians banned from political activity to have the ban lifted, a measure that long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen's government is touting as a step "to strengthen democracy and political space." The move, announced...

Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy

Nov. 28, 2018 9:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is encouraging Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to lead his country toward democracy. Merkel said Wednesday before a meeting with Prayuth in Berlin that "Thailand has had very difficult years on the domestic front and ... I will encourage the prime...

Hong Kong protest leaders warn of threat to civil rights

Nov. 19, 2018 8:21 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protest leaders who went on trial Monday for spearheading pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 said their prosecution threatens the future of civil rights in the territory, where fears have grown of Beijing's growing influence. "What is on trial is not just the nine of us. What...