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In democracy's birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

Dec. 04, 2021 14:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good rather than narrow, nationalist interests. Arriving in...

Sudan group condemns UN's call to support reinstated PM

Dec. 04, 2021 11:06 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese pro-democracy group has condemned comments by the U.N. chief urging citizens to support a deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, so the country can have “a peaceful transition towards a true democracy.” The Sudanese...

China's communists bash US democracy before Biden summit

Dec. 04, 2021 06:25 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's Communist Party took American democracy to task on Saturday, sharply criticizing a global democracy summit being hosted by President Joe Biden next week and extolling the virtues of its governing system. Party officials questioned how a polarized...

China, US tussle over Biden's 'Summit for Democracy'

Dec. 02, 2021 23:23 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are tussling over President Joe Biden’s upcoming democracy summit, which the ruling Communist Party sees as a challenge to its authoritarian ways. The party maintains China has its own form of democracy and plans to issue a...

Tens of thousands protest in anti-military marches in Sudan

Nov. 30, 2021 13:39 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, as tens of thousands marched in the latest demonstrations against a military takeover that took place last month. Protesters took to the streets in Khartoum...

Despite deal, Sudanese rally to demand military rulers leave

Nov. 25, 2021 14:37 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets on Thursday in the capital of Khartoum, renewing their demand for a fully civilian government and denouncing the country's military rulers who were behind the October coup. Since the takeover, protesters have...

US invitation of Taiwan to democracy summit angers China

Nov. 24, 2021 10:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its Summit for Democracy next month, the State Department announced, prompting sharp criticism from China, which considers the self-ruled island as its territory. The summit makes good on a pledge...

Ex-South Korean strongman Chun Doo-hwan dies at age 90

Nov. 23, 2021 06:44 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean military strongman Chun Doo-hwan, who seized power in a 1979 coup and brutally crushed pro-democracy protests before going to prison for misdeeds while in office, died Tuesday. He was 90. Chun, who suffered in recent years...

EXPLAINER: What does PM's reinstatement mean for Sudan?

Nov. 23, 2021 01:37 AM EST

The reinstatement of Sudan's prime minister after weeks under house arrest was the biggest concession made by the military since its Oct. 25 coup, but it leaves the country's transition to democracy mired in crisis. The military reached a deal with Abdalla Hamdok on...

Emergency officials say South Korean ex-President Chun Doo-hwan, who crushed pro-democracy protests in 1980, has died.

Nov. 22, 2021 20:42 PM EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Emergency officials say South Korean ex-President Chun Doo-hwan, who crushed pro-democracy protests in 1980, has died.