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Ex-Polish leaders ask EU to defend Poland's democracy

Jun. 13, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ex-Polish President Lech Walesa and several other former leaders appealed Wednesday to the European Union to help defend the rule of law in their country under a populist government that is overhauling the judiciary. In a statement published in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, the former...

At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy

May. 25, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton implored a crowd at Harvard University on Friday to stand up for "the truth, facts and reason" as attacks on the rule of law, free press and elections threaten to undermine American democracy. The former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state, U.S....

Thai court grants bail to detained pro-democracy activists

May. 24, 2018 7:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand granted bail Thursday to 15 pro-democracy activists who were arrested earlier this week during a protest against military rule at which several thousand police were deployed. Krisadang Nutjaras, a lawyer for the student activists, told reporters they applied for bail...

Indian archbishop urges Catholics to pray for democracy

May. 22, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The archbishop of New Delhi has waded into Indian politics, urging Catholics to pray for democracy and marginalized people ahead of national elections next year, bringing a quick rebuke from the ruling party. India is "witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the...

In veiled shot at Trump, Tillerson warns democracy at risk

May. 16, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a veiled shot at President Donald Trump on Wednesday, warning that a growing national crisis of ethics and integrity has put American democracy at risk. In remarks to graduates of the Virginia Military Institute, Tillerson lamented assaults on...

Poles march to denounce government, erosion of democracy

May. 12, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles marched in Warsaw on Saturday to demand respect for their country's constitution while denouncing a populist government they accuse of eroding democracy. Many participants carried Polish and European Union flags during an event promoted as the "March of Freedom" and...

Philippine top judge, Duterte's critic, ousted by colleagues

May. 11, 2018 8:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court ousted its chief justice, a critic of the country's authoritarian president, in an unprecedented vote Friday by fellow judges that she and hundreds of protesters called unconstitutional and a threat to democracy. Court spokesman Theodore Te said...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Mahathir after historic win

May. 10, 2018 10:15 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on Malaysia's election (all times local): 10 a.m. President Donald Trump has congratulated Mahathir Mohamad on having been sworn in as Malaysia's prime minister. Mahathir led an opposition alliance to a historic victory in Wednesday's election, ending the 60-year...

Ex-strongman seeks legacy as savior of Malaysia's democracy

May. 10, 2018 8:58 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Known as an authoritarian leader who ruthlessly persecuted his foes and stifled dissent, Mahathir Mohamad was an unlikely choice to steer Malaysia on a more democratic path. But the pugnacious politician, remarkably robust at age 92, pulled off a stunning electoral upset on...

UN report calls voter center attacks 'assault on democracy'

May. 10, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The nearly two dozen recent attacks on voter registrations centers in Afghanistan are tantamount to an "assault on democracy," a United Nations report released Thursday says. The report by the U.N.'s Assistance Mission in Afghanistan identified 23 separate incidents directed at...