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Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini arrives to meet reporters for a press conference at the League headquarters in Milan, Italy, early Monday morning, May 27, 2019. Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini, of the League kisses a crucifix as as he talks to reporters during a press conference at the League headquarters in Milan, Italy, early Monday morning, May 27, 2019. Italy's anti-migrant, anti-Islam interior minister, Matteo Salvini, boosted his right-wing League party to become the No. 1 party in Italy, with more than 30 percent of the vote, according to early projections. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
May 26, 2019 - 10:54 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 a.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still...
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FILE - In a Saturday, April 27, 2019 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he arrives to deliver a speech to members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, during a three-day closed door meeting to assess recent local election results. After weeks of uncertainty, Turkey’s highest electoral board could decide as early as Monday, May 6 whether an opposition politician was the rightful winner of Istanbul’s mayoral race _ or whether a new election must be held.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool, File)
May 06, 2019 - 6:01 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on disputed mayoral elections in Turkey (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman says the voiding of the mayoral election in Istanbul amounts to "a victory for Turkish democracy" by ensuring the results reflect the voters' choice...
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Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations, holds up documents from his office as he speaks during a news conference at the U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 30, 2019 - 6:08 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A group of Latin American nations and Canada is backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in what it calls his efforts "to restore democracy" to his South American country. It rejects...
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Occupy Central leaders, from left, Tanya Chan, Chan Kin-man and Lee Wing-tat chant before entering a court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The court is preparing to sentence nine leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests convicted last month of public nuisance offenses. The sentences to be handed down Wednesday are seen as an effort by the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to draw a line under the protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
April 24, 2019 - 1:30 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A court in Hong Kong handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months Wednesday to eight leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests on charges of public nuisance offenses. The sentences are seen as an effort by the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to draw a...
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Occupy Central leaders, from right, Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Chu Yiu-ming, Tanya Chan and Eason Chung shout slogans before entering a court in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Nine leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy movement arrived the court to hear the verdicts in their trial. The co-founders of the "Occupy Central" campaign - legal Professor Benny Tai, sociology professor Chan Kin-man and retired pastor Chu Yiu-ming - are facing charges related to the planning and implementation of the campaign which became part of the large-scale pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests which were carried out 79 days between September and December 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 09, 2019 - 6:21 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court found nine leaders of 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations guilty Tuesday on public nuisance and other charges, a verdict that activists say likely presages more restrictions on free expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Those convicted included law...
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April 09, 2019 - 12:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of a prominent liberal group are urging Democratic presidential contenders who are pitching massive policy changes to also focus on more fundamental "structural reforms" to American democracy. In a book set for publication this fall, Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg — who...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Abdel-Fattah was released from prison early Friday March 29, 2019, after serving a five-year sentence for inciting and taking part in protests, his family and lawyer said. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
March 29, 2019 - 2:05 pm
CAIRO (AP) — A leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist was freed from prison early Friday after serving a five-year sentence for organizing and taking part in protests, his family and lawyer said. The terms of his release, however, require that he report to a police station every day for the next...
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FILE - This March 23, 2018 file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether the Trump administration can ask people if they are citizens on the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is quietly seeking comprehensive information about the legal status of millions of immigrants. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)
March 06, 2019 - 6:39 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census "threatens the very foundation of our democratic system" because it would cause a significant undercount of immigrants and Latinos that could distort the distribution of congressional seats, a...
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February 20, 2019 - 7:34 am
LONDON (AP) — A hacking group has targeted European democratic institutions including think tanks and non-profit groups ahead of highly anticipated EU parliamentary elections in May, Microsoft said. The company said Tuesday that a group called Strontium targeted email accounts for more than 100...
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Maria Ressa, center, the award-winning head of a Philippine online news site Rappler, listens to a reporter's question after posting bail at a Regional Trial Court following an overnight arrest by National Bureau of Investigation agents on a libel case Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Ressa was freed on bail Thursday after her arrest in a libel case. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
February 14, 2019 - 7:37 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of a Philippine online news site who was arrested on a libel complaint accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent. "What we're seeing ... is a level of impunity that I frankly...
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