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The Latest: Polish ruling party leader declares victory

Oct. 13, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's general election (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The leader of Poland's conservative ruling party has declared victory in an election after an exit poll showed his party expected to have a majority of seats in parliament. Jaroslaw Kaczynski noted that the exit poll...

Tunisia: Post-debate handshake hailed as pro-democracy sign

Oct. 12, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A media mogul and a former law professor who are vying to be Tunisia's next president sparred during a televised debate over how to fight terrorism and poverty — and then they cordially shook hands. Tunisian voters celebrated the handshake as a sign that the democracy built on...

The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...

Sudan ruling council appoints 2 to top judicial posts

Oct. 10, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional government Thursday named two new appointees, including a woman, to the country's top judicial posts after weeks of pressure from pro-democracy activists demanding the original officeholders be sacked for alleged ties to former longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir. Neamat...

Family says Egyptian pro-democracy activist beaten in jail

Oct. 10, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist, who was arrested amid a recent clampdown following anti-government protests, says he was beaten, threatened and stripped to his underwear while in custody. Mona Seif, a prominent human rights activist tweeted on Thursday that her brother...

Hong Kong lawmakers challenge mask ban as protests persist

Oct. 5, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, which diminished in intensity but didn't stop. The mask ban that went...

The Latest: Beijing says chaos in Hong Kong can't continue

Oct. 4, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests (all times local): 10 p.m. A Chinese spokesman for Hong Kong affairs says the "chaotic situation" in the semi-autonomous region cannot be allowed to continue endlessly and more effective measures are needed to stem protests. The official...

Freitas do Amaral, a ‘father’ of Portuguese democracy, dies

Oct. 3, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Diogo Freitas do Amaral, a conservative Portuguese politician who played a leading role in cementing the country’s democracy after its 1974 Carnation Revolution and later became president of the U.N. General Assembly, has died at 78. The Portuguese government announced his...

UK leader Boris Johnson: There will be 'grave consequences for trust in our democracy' if Brexit delayed beyond Oct. 31

Oct. 2, 2019 6:49 AM EDT
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — UK leader Boris Johnson: There will be 'grave consequences for trust in our democracy' if Brexit delayed beyond Oct. 31.

Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary

Oct. 1, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — In a fearsome escalation of violence, Hong Kong police shot a protester in the chest at close range Tuesday, leaving the teenager bleeding and howling on the ground. Tens of thousands joined anti-government demonstrations that spread across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in a...