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Xi taking part in Hong Kong anniversary but no word on visit

Jun. 25, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping will participate in next week's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China, the government said Saturday, but it left unclear whether he will visit the former British colony for the highly symbolic event after a crackdown on a...

Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

Jun. 23, 2022 22:13 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — For Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was detained by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party, coming to Taiwan was a logical step. An island just 640 kilometers (400 miles) from Hong Kong, Taiwan is...

Michelle Obama urges voters to stay engaged in anxious times

Jun. 16, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama urged Americans on Monday not to tune out of the gridlocked political system and said voting — and enlisting millions of new voters - is a pathway to change in a deeply polarized nation. “Protecting and expanding our democracy is the best and...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 15, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Lancaster Lancaster Online/LNP. June 12, 2022. Editorial: Pa. Supreme Court should allow cities to impose gun regulations aimed at improving safety Everyone knows that Philadelphia has a gun violence problem. The city has been experiencing a horrific number of gun...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jun. 14, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 10 The New York Times says that Americans must fully confront what happened on Jan. 6 On Thursday night, a congressional committee began an unflinching conversation with the citizens...

Sudan anti-coup group sits with generals for the first time

Jun. 10, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's leading pro-democracy group has met with the country's generals for the first time since last year's military coup, the U.S. Embassy said Friday, in what could signal a breakthrough in attempts to bring the East African nation back on track toward a democratic transition. ...

Jan. 6 committee chairman Thompson warns democracy 'remains in danger' from 'conspiracy' that fueled deadly Capitol riot

Jun. 09, 2022 20:20 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jan. 6 committee chairman Thompson warns democracy 'remains in danger' from 'conspiracy' that fueled deadly Capitol riot.

Biden sidelines Venezuela's pro-democracy leader from summit

Jun. 08, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A little more than two years ago, Juan Guaidó was showered with bipartisan applause when President Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech praised the Venezuelan opposition leader as a “very brave man" who carries on his shoulders the democratic hopes of an entire...

Capitol attack's full story: Jan. 6 panel probes US risks

Jun. 08, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol played out for the world to see, but the House committee investigating the attack believes a more chilling story has yet to be told -- about the president and the people whose actions put American democracy at risk. ...

Talks to end Sudan crisis begin as anti-coup groups boycott

Jun. 08, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Talks aiming at ending Sudan’s ongoing political deadlock began Wednesday, the United Nations said, although the country's main pro-democracy alliance is boycotting them over a continued police crackdown on those protesting last October's military coup. The joint...