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In leaderless Hong Kong movement, Joshua Wong just 1 voice

Sep. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Overseas, Joshua Wong has emerged as a prominent face of Hong Kong's months-long protests for full democracy. At home, he is just another protester. The 22-year-old activist, who rose to fame as a leader of democracy protests five years ago, speaks to a U.S. congressional committee on...

Hong Kong festival marked with pro-democracy messages

Sep. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong people carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages and formed human chains on two of the city's peaks during mid-autumn festival celebrations Friday night, sustaining months-long protests for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Activists and...

Tunisia sees 26 candidates for lively presidential election

Sep. 13, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is holding a cacophonous presidential election this weekend, with voters choosing among 26 candidates for a new leader who can secure the North African nation's young democracy and tackle unemployment, corruption and the economic despair in its provinces. Sunday's first-round...

Tonga's prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

Sep. 12, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78. Pohiva died at the Auckland City Hospital at about 9 a.m. after being medically evacuated to New...

The Latest: NC House Republicans defend veto override action

Sep. 11, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina House Republicans' surprise vote in a half-empty chamber to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto (all times local): 3:30 p.m. North Carolina House Republican leaders say they never made any announcement or decision that would have prevented...

In Brazil, president's son questions democracy

Sep. 10, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like father, like son? A son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has caused a stir by questioning democracy in Latin America's biggest country, which emerged from a two-decade military dictatorship in 1985. "The transformation that Brazil wants will not happen at the speed we are...

Sudan's Cabinet sworn in, 1st since al-Bashir's ouster

Sep. 8, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has sworn in its first Cabinet since the military ousted autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April following mass pro-democracy protests. The new members include Sudan's first woman foreign minister, Asmaa Abdalla, and a former World Bank economist as finance minister. The Cabinet is...

Joshua Wong urges Taiwanese to show support for Hong Kong

Sep. 3, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, a central figure in the territory's ongoing mass anti-Beijing protests, urged Taiwanese people on Tuesday to hold their own demonstrations as they face growing pressure from China. Wong, secretary general of Hong Kong pro-democracy group...

Hong Kong activists freed on bail, protest march banned

Aug. 30, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities denied permission for a major march Saturday as they took what appears to be a harder line on this...

Latest: Trump: Trade war makes China cautious in Hong Kong

Aug. 30, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:40 a.m. President Donald Trump says he thinks the situation in Hong Kong would have been much more violent if not for the U.S. trade war with China. Trump says he sees a connection between Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests and...