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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Sep. 21, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

Bloomington Pantagraph. September 18, 2021. Editorial: Positive signs at signing The presence of elected Republicans beside Gov. J.B. Pritzker as a bill signing this week shows sometimes politicians can put people over party. ...

Latin American leaders divided on OAS at regional meeting

Sep. 18, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to leave questions of human rights and democracy to the United Nations, as part of his continuing criticisms of the Organization of American States. López Obrador spoke Saturday at the meeting of...

Algerian state television says ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted amid pro-democracy protests, dies at 84

Sep. 17, 2021 19:21 PM EDT
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian state television says ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted amid pro-democracy protests, dies at 84.

Hong Kong police arrest defiant Tiananmen vigil leaders

Sep. 08, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested four leaders of the group that organized the city's annual Tiananmen Square commemorations after they refused to cooperate in a national security investigation, the group said. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of...

Hong Kong activists slam government for foreign agent label

Sep. 07, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong government is arbitrarily labeling pro-democracy organizations as foreign agents, making them subject to prosecution under a tough national security law, a leader of the group that has organized the city’s annual Tiananmen candlelight vigils said Tuesday. ...

Polish PM to EU: Don't lecture us Poles about democracy

Sep. 03, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Friday that nobody has the right to lecture his country on democracy, after the European Union said talks were still ongoing over the payment of billions of euros to bloc member Poland due to rule of law issues. ...

Concerts nixed, activists sentenced in Hong Kong crackdown

Sep. 01, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A popular Hong Kong singer and pro-democracy activist will not be allowed to perform at one of the city’s top theaters later this month, in an indication that a crackdown by authorities on dissent is reaching the entertainment and cultural sphere. ...

US senator Menendez criticizes Turkey under Erdogan

Aug. 27, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez, speaking during a visit to Athens Friday, criticized Turkey, saying its current leadership is not committed to the principles of democracy and rule of law. Menendez, the...

Zambia celebrates peaceful transfer of power after elections

Aug. 17, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Business quickly returned to normal in Zambia Tuesday, a day after veteran opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was declared president-elect and the incumbent president Edgar Lungu conceded his election defeat. Citizens brushed aside concerns of...

Hong Kong democracy group behind massive protests disbands

Aug. 15, 2021 05:25 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy group that organized some of the biggest protests during months of political upheaval in Hong Kong in 2019 is dissolving, the group said Sunday. The Hong Kong Civil Human Rights Front, made up of a slew of member organizations, said it...