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Hong Kong activists plead guilty to joining democracy rally

Apr. 07, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Three veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including well-known publisher Jimmy Lai, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in an unauthorized rally in 2019 that led to violence between police and participants. The charges carry prison terms of up to five years. ...

Crowds march in Algiers in weekly pro-democracy protest

Apr. 02, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully in Algeria's capital Friday to support the Hirak pro-democracy movement. The huge crowds filling the streets of Algiers headed toward the imposing central post office, the movement's...

7 Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted as China clamps down

Apr. 01, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Seven of Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy advocates, including a media tycoon and an 82-year-old veteran of the movement, were convicted Thursday for organizing and participating in a march during massive anti-government protests in 2019 that triggered a crackdown on...

Media figure Jimmy Lai, democracy veteran Martin Lee among 7 activists convicted over 2019 protests in Hong Kong

Mar. 31, 2021 23:08 PM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Media figure Jimmy Lai, democracy veteran Martin Lee among 7 activists convicted over 2019 protests in Hong Kong.

China sharply reduces elected seats in Hong Kong legislature

Mar. 30, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China has sharply reduced the number of directly elected seats in Hong Kong’s legislature in a setback for the territory's already beleaguered democracy movement. The changes were announced Tuesday after a two-day meeting of China’s top...

China sharply reduces directly elected seats in Hong Kong legislature to less than one-fourth in reversal for democracy

Mar. 30, 2021 02:30 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — China sharply reduces directly elected seats in Hong Kong legislature to less than one-fourth in reversal for democracy.

Democrats launch Senate battle for expanded voting rights

Mar. 25, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their efforts to muscle through the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, setting up a fight with Republicans that could bring partisan tensions to a climax in the evenly split Senate and become a defining issue for President Joe Biden....

Democrats launch Senate battle for expanded voting rights

Mar. 24, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats renewed their efforts Wednesday to muscle through the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, setting up a fight with Republicans that could bring partisan tensions to a climax in the evenly split Senate and become a defining issue for President Joe...

Eight activists jailed in Shenzhen returned to Hong Kong

Mar. 22, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Eight activists detained at sea as they sought to flee Hong Kong by speedboat have finished serving jail sentences in China and were handed over Monday to authorities in Hong Kong, where they may face further prosecution. The group of eight activists...

2 journalists detained as Myanmar junta clamps down on press

Mar. 19, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Two more journalists were detained in Myanmar on Friday, part of the junta’s intensifying efforts to choke off information about resistance to last month’s coup. Mizzima News reported that one of its former reporters, Than Htike Aung, and Aung...