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Pro-democracy demonstrators flash a three-finger salute of defiance during a protest rally at the Silom business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The protesters continue to gather Thursday with their three main demands of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's resignation, changes to a constitution that was drafted under military rule and reforms to the constitutional monarchy. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand protesters take to street to mock fashion show

Oct. 29, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand returned Thursday to the capital’s business district, staging something akin to a street fair to bring attention to their contention that the country’s monarchy holds too much power and influence. Their rally on the city’s Silom...

Agence France-Presse’s Kashmir correspondent Parvaiz Bukhari, centre, talks to his colleagues after National Investigation Agency personnel searched his premises on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir

Oct. 28, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s premier investigating agency on Wednesday said it raided 10 locations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including the offices and residences of a journalist and two prominent activists, triggering concerns of a crackdown on information and a free press in the disputed...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets the gathering before his meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Pompeo plans to press Sri Lanka to push back against Chinese assertiveness, which U.S. officials complain is highlighted by predatory lending and development projects that benefit China more than the presumed recipients. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka denounced Pompeo’s visit to the island even before he arrived there, denouncing a senior U.S. official’s warning that the country should be wary of Chinese investment. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

Oct. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation. In one significant step, Pompeo announced that...

People attend funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in the town of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. (AP Photo)

US accuses Syria of delaying constitution ahead of election

Oct. 27, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and several Western allies on Tuesday accused the Syrian government of deliberately delaying the drafting of a new constitution to waste time until presidential elections in 2021, and avoid U.N.-supervised voting as called for by the U.N. Security Council. U.S....

An anti-government protester runs from police water cannons, on the day Chileans vote in a referendum to decide whether the country should replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

Eager for change, Chile faces long road to new constitution

Oct. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The fireworks and street celebrations are over in Chile, and now many months of hard work and uncertainty loom for a population impatient for change. One of Latin America’s most affluent nations, and also one haunted by social and economic inequality, plans to draft a new...

Pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. As lawmakers debated in a special session in Parliament that was called to address political tensions, student-led rallies were set to continue with a march through central Bangkok on Monday evening to the German Embassy, apparently to bring attention to the time King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends in Germany. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

Oct. 26, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The...

People gather at Plaza Italia on the day Chileans voted in a referendum to decide whether the country should replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

2/3rds of Chilean voters back rewriting their constitution

Oct. 25, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Amid a year of contagion and turmoil, Chileans turned out Sunday to vote overwhelmingly in favor of having a constitutional convention draft a new charter to replace guiding principles imposed four decades ago under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The country's...

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo,  mourners gathered at the Alabama Capitol following the death of Rep. John Lewis. Alabama voters will decide whether to remove racist, segregation-era language from the state's 1901 Constitution in the upcoming election. If approved, the measure would go back to legislators and another statewide vote. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett, File)

Voters could remove racist phrases from Alabama Constitution

Oct. 23, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters once again have the chance to remove the racist language of Jim Crow from the state's constitution, which was approved in 1901 to enshrine white supremacy as state law. Courts have long since struck down legalized segregation, but past attempts to strip the offensive...

Sri Lankan trade union and civil society activists hold placards outside the parliament as they protest against a proposed constitution amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka Parliament votes to strengthen presidential power

Oct. 22, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament by a large majority has approved a constitutional amendment concentrating powers under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and reversing reforms a previous government had made to curb authoritarianism. After the August elections gave him the parliamentary votes to...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, police clash with protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest near the Seattle Police East Precinct headquarters in Seattle. New York, Seattle and Portland, three cities recently labeled

Seattle, Portland, New York sue over Trump's 'anarchy' label

Oct. 22, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — New York, Seattle and Portland — three cities recently labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the U.S. Justice Department — filed a lawsuit Thursday to invalidate the designation and fight off the Trump administration's efforts to withhold federal dollars....