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August 14, 2017
Dark days for China's democracy dream
Beijing/Hong Kong, China (AFP) July 19, 2017
The death of Liu Xiaobo deprives China's dissident movement of a crucial figurehead at a time when political activism on the mainland is being forced ever deeper underground, and pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong are under threat. The world had not heard from Nobel laureate Liu since he was jailed in 2009 for writing a petition calling for political reform, but he remained an influential heavyweight of China's democracy movement and an inspiration for opponents of the Communist-ruled system. His ... read more

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Veteran Hong Kong democracy activist cleared of misconduct
A pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker who was recently removed from parliament after a Beijing intervention was cleared Monday of misconduct in a case he described as politically motivated. ... more
Mongolians vote in their first presidential runoff
Mongolians head to the polls on Friday in the country's first-ever presidential runoff after the first round elections failed to produce a clear winner following campaigns tainted by corruption scandals. ... more
Marine Le Pen charged over EU funding scandal
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was charged Friday over claims her party illegally claimed millions of euros from the European Parliament to pay for France-based staff. ... more
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained by police
Hong Kong student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was detained by police on Wednesday after an anti-China protest ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping. ... more
Marine Le Pen to meet judges over party funding claims: AFP
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen told AFP Thursday she had arranged to meet investigating magistrates over claims her party misused European Parliament funds to pay for staff in France. ... more
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen wins seat in French parliament: party
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday won a seat in the French parliament, but her anti-EU National Front (FN) party faced disappointment, winning only four to eight seats, polls and party figures said. ... more
Macron party readies for parliamentary assault
The year-old centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron prepared Saturday for the first round of parliamentary elections looking set to grab the lead in the race for a clear majority. ... more
Suu Kyi, Trudeau talk federalism for Myanmar
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday to learn about Canadian federalism, a system of government she believes could bring stability to her nation. ... more

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France's left and right fear Macron landslide
France's traditional bastions of the left and right for 60 years fear they will be swept aside by President Emmanuel Macron's centrist candidates in Sunday's first round of parliamentary elections, leaving the country without an effective opposition. ... more
Philippines' Duterte faces martial law legal challenge
Philippine opposition lawmakers on Monday asked the Supreme Court to reject President Rodrigo Duterte's imposition of martial law in the south of the country, branding it unconstitutional. ... more
Suu Kyi to consult Trudeau on constitutional reform
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to Canada next week to consult with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on constitutional reforms, his office announced Friday. ... more
Scottish Conservative leader hopes to rein in independence
There is a running joke in Scotland that it has more pandas than Conservative members of parliament. ... more
Philippines' Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ignore the Supreme Court and congress as he enforces martial law across the southern third of the country, even though the constitution gives them oversight. ... more
Trump meets Macron, says whole world talking about win
US President Donald Trump on Thursday held his first formal meeting with newly-elected French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, hailing his outsider campaign as a model of its kind. ... more
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Bahrain has referred its first civilian case to a military court following a constitutional amendment approved by the king last month, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. ... more
Police boost security at Eiffel Tower after demo reveals 'flaws'
Greenpeace activists on Friday pulled off a daring stunt in central Paris, attaching a giant banner to the Eiffel Tower and leaving police to admit security "flaws" at a time when terror fears remain high. ... more
Political left, right similarly motivated to avoid rival views
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French presidential vote: international media react
The results of France's first round of presidential election made front page headlines around the world on Monday. ... more
March for Science not about Trump, organizers say
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Trump's far-right backers rebel over 'hoax' Syria attack
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Bahrain king approves military trials for civilians
Bahrain's king on Monday approved a constitutional amendment granting military courts the right to try civilians, raising concerns among rights groups for activists in the Gulf kingdom. ... more
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