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US: Cuba's political prisoners are "affront" to democracy

Oct. 15, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States says Cuba is jailing 130 political prisoners in a "blatant affront" to fundamental democratic freedoms, but the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that the U.S. lacks the moral authority to teach other countries such lessons given what she calls the...

Missing Saudi writer had big plans for his troubled region

Oct. 12, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Saudi contributor to the Washington Post who went missing more than a week ago and is feared dead had major plans, including a string of new projects to promote inclusiveness and accountability lacking around the Arab world, his friends say. Jamal Khashoggi, a prolific writer and...

John Kerry: Only way to restore democracy is to vote

Oct. 11, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry implored constituents to vote during an appearance on a Rhode Island public affairs television program. The Newport Daily News reports that Kerry talked with "Story in the Public Square" hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on Wednesday night at...

Kennedy warns of dangers to democracy, won't talk Kavanaugh

Sep. 28, 2018 7:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement created the vacancy that produced the no-holds-barred confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh, said Friday maintaining civil discourse is critical to democracy's survival. Kennedy never spoke directly about Kavanaugh,...

SE Asia microcosm: 2 contrasting leaders address the UN

Sep. 28, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders who appeared at the United Nations on Friday present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human rights problems that follow it like a bad smell. On the one hand is Malaysia's Mahathir...

Arrested senator and Duterte critic: 'Democracy lost today'

Sep. 25, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested Tuesday after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy. Sen. Antonio...

EU lawmakers cancel Turkey funds over democracy shortfalls

Sep. 25, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers say they are canceling 70 million euros ($82.4 million) in funding meant to help Turkey join the EU due to what they see as Ankara's failure to improve rule of law and human rights. The European Parliament's Budget Committee said Tuesday that the money would now go...

The Latest: US congratulates Maldives, notes opposition win

Sep. 23, 2018 10:01 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 5 a.m. The U.S. State Department has congratulated the Maldives' on its peaceful democratic election. Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory in Sunday's vote, which was widely seen as a...

The Latest: Official: Campaign office raided in bribery case

Sep. 22, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 11:10 p.m. An opposition party spokesman in the Maldives says police obtained a warrant to search the main campaign office of the party's presidential candidate based on police intelligence that the office was being...

Maldives police raid opposition office on eve of election

Sep. 22, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on Saturday, the eve of an election viewed as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country. Police said they had obtained a warrant to search the office based on police...