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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius answers questions during a meeting with the press in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vilnius, Lithuania. Lithuania is playing an outsized role among European Union nations amid a major crisis in neighboring Belarus. The EU's foreign ministers are meeting Friday Aug. 14, 2020 to discuss the brutal law enforcement crackdown on protesters who insist the Belarusian presidential election was rigged to keep the country's long-time authoritarian leader in power.  (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)

Small Lithuania has outsized role as EU faces Belarus crisis

Aug. 14, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lithuania is relatively small by European Union measures, but it is playing an outsized role as protesters in neighboring Belarus face a brutal law enforcement crackdown following a presidential election they say was rigged. As the EU’s foreign ministers meet Friday to discuss...

In this July 30, 2020 photo, Chris Evans, co-founder of the civic engagement video-based app

Chris Evans hopes to shield democracy with politics website

Aug. 13, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Evans became the most politically prickly “Avenger” a few years back with withering tweets about President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters. But the “Captain America” actor is staying relatively quiet during this presidential campaign. He...

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, center, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Lai was arrested Monday on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers, his aide said, in the highest-profile use yet of the new national security law Beijing imposed on the city after protests last year. (AP Photo)

Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

Aug. 10, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday, broadening their enforcement of a new national security law and stoking fears of a crackdown on the semi-autonomous region's free press. Police were seen carting away boxes of what they said was evidence at Lai's...

Aide says Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law

Aug. 9, 2020 9:43 PM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Aide says Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law.
Pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampha talks to police at a police station, Friday, Aug, 7, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. The government cracked down on Friday with the arrests of some high profile members of the pro-democracy movement. Among them was  Arnon, who was arrested on charges of sedition and defying an emergency decree the government instituted months ago to try to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters threaten escalation as police make arrests

Aug. 7, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed Friday to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. Protest leaders warned that they will expand their activities if the government fails to meet their...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, Friday, July 31, 2020. She announce to postpone legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong postpones elections by a year, citing coronavirus

Jul. 31, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency ordinance in delaying the...

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing government, citing coronavirus, postpones elections; pro-democracy opposition cries foul

Jul. 31, 2020 6:12 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's pro-Beijing government, citing coronavirus, postpones elections; pro-democracy opposition cries foul.

Transcript: Barack Obama's address at John Lewis' funeral

Jul. 30, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A transcript of former President Barack Obama's address to those present at the funeral service for John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday. ___ James wrote to the believers, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,...

Local media report former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who oversaw island's transition to full democracy, has died

Jul. 30, 2020 8:24 AM EDT
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Local media report former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who oversaw island's transition to full democracy, has died.
Pro-democracy Civic Party members, Cheng Tat-hung, right, Dennis Kwok, second right, Alvin Yeung, fourth right, and Kwok Ka-ki, fifth right, attend a news conference after disqualifying for a September legislative election in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 30, 2020. At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy nominees including Joshua Wong were disqualified for a September legislative election, with authorities saying Thursday they failed to uphold the city's mini-constitution and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and Beijing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong disqualifies 12 opposition nominees for assembly

Jul. 30, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy nominees including prominent activist Joshua Wong were disqualified for September legislative elections, with authorities saying Thursday they failed to uphold the city's mini-constitution and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and Beijing. Others who were...