Democracy

WASHINGTON | Flake’s Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump’s most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the “threats to our democracy from within and without are real.” Flake declined to seek re-election to a second term, acknowledging that his battles with Trump over the past two years … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flake’s Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. Pence said there would be no letup in President Donald Trump’s policy of combating … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

MILAN | Italian journalists protest against governing party insults

MILAN  — Italian journalists have protested across the country against insults from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement. Journalists gathered in piazzas in regional capitals Tuesday to protest statements by 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and another prominent official labeling journalists “prostitutes,” ”jackals” and “intellectually and morally corrupt.” Protesters called the attacks a risk … Continue reading MILAN | Italian journalists protest against governing party insults

SACRAMENTO, Calif | Kennedy warns of dangers to democracy, won’t talk Kavanaugh

SACRAMENTO, Calif— Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement created the vacancy that produced the no-holds-barred confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh, said Friday maintaining civil discourse is critical to democracy’s survival. Kennedy never spoke directly about Kavanaugh, who was once his law clerk, or the bitter battle unfolding in Congress. But it was on … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | Kennedy warns of dangers to democracy, won’t talk Kavanaugh

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A decade after people took to the streets to welcome democracy to the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago, voters head to the polls on Sunday in what has become a referendum on whether democracy will stay. The Maldives’ third multiparty presidential election is being held five years after incumbent President Yameen … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

WASHINGTON | US: Goal remains peaceful return to democracy in Venezuela

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration says its preference for the peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela remains “unchanged.” White House National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis commented Sunday following a New York Times report that Trump administration officials have met secretly in the past year with Venezuelan military rebels to discuss their plans to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: Goal remains peaceful return to democracy in Venezuela

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says critical NYT op-ed has ‘backfired’

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on an anonymous New York Times opinion piece claiming there’s a “resistance” working within President Donald Trump’s administration (all times local): 10 p.m. President Donald Trump says The New York Times’ decision to publish an op-ed from an anonymous Trump administration official has “backfired” and he has “picked up a lot … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says critical NYT op-ed has ‘backfired’

LONDON | UK prime minister says no, again, to second Brexit vote

LONDON  — Britain’s prime minister has again spoken out against calls for a second referendum on Britain’s decision to split with the European Union. Theresa May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that it would be a “gross betrayal of our democracy” to have another vote. She said “millions came out to have their say” in … Continue reading LONDON | UK prime minister says no, again, to second Brexit vote