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Veteran British left-wing disruptor George Galloway wins a special election dominated by war in Gaza

Mar. 01, 2024 15:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A veteran left-wing British political disruptor has won a special election in a town in northern England with a big Muslim minority following a contest that was mired in chaos and controversy and dominated by the Israel-Hamas war. George Galloway's victory was...

Russians embrace hope amid despair as Alexei Navalny says his final goodbye

Mar. 01, 2024 15:34 PM EST

Russians have seen many images of Alexei Navalny — a firebrand protest leader with a bullhorn. A government critic whose face was splashed with green dye by an attacker, which he joked turned him into the Hulk. A smiling political prisoner making a heart with his hands as he gestured to his wife...

Tuvalu's new premier says democracy and loyalty are reasons for preferring Taiwan over Beijing

Mar. 01, 2024 13:06 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The new prime minister in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu said on Friday his country shares democratic values with Taiwan and reaffirmed that his government would maintain diplomatic ties with Taipei, ruling out a shift to Beijing. Prime Minister...

Democracy's appeal is slipping as nations across much of the world hold elections, a poll finds

Feb. 28, 2024 12:16 PM EST

Representative democracy remains a favorite system of governance around the globe, but its appeal is slipping on the eve of elections in much of the world, according to a survey of 24 democratic countries by the Pew Research Center released Wednesday. While a median of 77% across the...

Senegal's president says the postponed election will be held before the rainy season begins

Feb. 26, 2024 19:47 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's President Macky Sall told a national dialogue Monday that elections will be held before the rainy season begins around July, and reiterated his commitment to leave office before his mandate ends in April. But the election's 16 candidates refused to...

Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise

Feb. 24, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thwel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, saw very few options left to her after Myanmar’s military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks. “As a person living in this country, I only have two options: to go abroad illegally or die here,” Thwel...

US Congress members praise Taiwan's democracy in a visit that's certain to draw China's scrutiny

Feb. 22, 2024 13:49 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of United States Congress members met with Taiwan's president Thursday in a show of bipartisan support that is certain to draw scrutiny from China, which opposes such visits and sees them as a challenge to its claim of sovereignty over the self-governing island. ...

China-born Australian democracy blogger won't appeal suspended Chinese death sentence

Feb. 21, 2024 02:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A China-born Australian democracy blogger will not appeal his suspended death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, with his family saying Wednesday a legal challenge would be detrimental to his welfare. Yang Hengjun was found guilty of espionage...

French mayors face violence and intimidation from xenophobic far-right groups

Feb. 19, 2024 00:05 AM EST

SAINT-BREVIN-LES-PINS, France (AP) — The mayor of a small resort town on the Atlantic coast of France resigned, closed his medical practice and moved away after his house and two cars were set on fire. The arson followed months of death threats over plans to relocate a refugee center near a...

Tens of thousands rail against Mexico's president and ruling party in 'march for democracy'

Feb. 18, 2024 22:26 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators cloaked in pink marched through cities in Mexico and abroad on Sunday in what they called a “march for democracy” targeting the country's ruling party in advance of the country's June 2 elections. The demonstrations called...