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Arundhati Roy: the literary canary in India's coalmine

New Delhi - She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being "smashed".

Chinese dissident's widow sends desperate letter

Bejing - Friends of the late Chinese democracy advocate and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo voiced concern about his widow's health on Thursday after she sent a letter showing signs of deep depression.

Venezuela opposition doubtful over talks with government

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition cast doubt Tuesday over whether it would participate in a scheduled round of exploratory talks with the government hosted by the Dominican Republic.

New Venezuelan assembly to try opposition leaders for treason

Caracas - Venezuela's all-powerful new constituent assembly said Tuesday it will hold treason trials for opposition leaders it said are promoting economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

Eggs hurled in parliament as Maldives crisis drags on

Male - Lawmakers belonging to rival parties hurled eggs across the Maldives parliament Thursday in chaotic scenes described by a top US envoy as "disturbing" as a protracted political crisis in the honeymoon islands worsened.

Prominent Bangladesh government critic disappears

Dhaka - One of Bangladesh's most prominent government critics went missing on Monday after calling his wife to tell her he feared he would be killed, police said.

China dissident sees threat in new Interpol president

Lyon - The election of a Chinese security official as president of Interpol could pose risks to opponents of China's government who have fled the country, a prominent exiled dissident warned Wednesday.

Maldives opposition face crackdown after failed power bid

Colombo - Opposition parties in the Maldives accused the government Friday of waging a revenge campaign against their leaders after they narrowly failed to seize control of parliament.

Maldives deny atoll sale to Saudis after protests

Colombo - The Maldives government on Wednesday denied it was selling a cluster of small islands to Saudi Arabia, following opposition protests against such a deal, but said it was seeking foreign investment to develop the area.

Maldives deny atoll sale to Saudis after protests

Colombo - The Maldives government on Wednesday denied it was selling a cluster of small islands to Saudi Arabia, following opposition protests against such a deal, but said it was seeking foreign investment to develop the area.

Maldives deny atoll sale to Saudis after protests

Colombo - The Maldives government on Wednesday denied it was selling a cluster of small islands to Saudi Arabia, following opposition protests against such a deal, but said it was seeking foreign investment to develop the area.

Venezuela tension rises as government arrests rivals

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities Thursday said they arrested four opponents of President Nicolas Maduro for plotting an armed revolt, while the opposition accused him of using intimidation to cling to power.

Opponents arrested in Venezuela government crackdown

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have detained several opponents of President Nicolas Maduro this week as he hits back at renewed bids to drive him from office due to a desperate economic crisis.

Cuba dissidents say arbitrary arrests soared in 2016

Havana - Cuban opposition activists said Thursday that the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents on the communist island soared to nearly 10,000 last year.

Cuba cracks down on dissidents after Castro death

Havana - Authorities across Cuba have cracked down on dissidents, arresting dozens, keeping others from marching in Havana, and detaining an American human rights lawyer, activists said Sunday.

Cuban dissidents lie low after Castro's death

Havana - Cuban dissidents called off a regular protest on Sunday as the communist island prepared for days of tributes to the late revolutionary icon Fidel Castro.

Sri Lanka's ex-leader to lead breakaway from coalition

Colombo - Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced Thursday, a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation.

Top Cuban dissident halts hunger strike

Havana - Leading Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas ended a 54-day hunger strike Monday, citing a European Parliament plan to press Havana's communist leaders to ease up on dissidents.

War veterans attack 'beginning of the end' for Mugabe: Analysts

Harare - Zimbabwe's war veterans' surprise attack on President Robert Mugabe signals the "beginning of the end" for the long-time leader, already buckling under pressure from a restive population angry over worsening economic woes.

Leading Cuban dissident begins hunger strike

Havana - Renowned Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas said Thursday he has begun a hunger strike demanding the Raul Castro government end torture and other human rights abuses against opponents.

Veteran Vietnam dissident released ahead of Obama visit: Church

Hanoi - Authoritarian Vietnam released one of the country's longest serving prisoners of conscience on Friday, just days before US President Barack Obama is due to visit, the Catholic Church said.

Tibetan schoolboy who set himself alight dies in India

New Delhi - A Tibetan schoolboy living in India has died four days after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule, the hospital treating him said Friday.

Tibetan schoolboy who set himself alight dies in India

New Delhi - A Tibetan schoolboy living in India has died four days after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule, the hospital treating him said Friday.

Tibetan schoolboy who set himself alight dies in India

New Delhi - A Tibetan schoolboy living in India has died four days after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule, the hospital treating him said Friday.

Venezuelan opposition leader faces investigation

Caracas - The Venezuelan government is investigating the opposition leader heading a campaign to hold a referendum on firing President Nicolas Maduro, officials said.

Tibetan monks shy away from self-immolation as families threatened

Aba - Adrak's last words before Chinese police dragged him away were "May the Dalai Lama live 10,000 years".

Maldives arrests vice president over plot to kill president

Male - Maldivian authorities on Saturday arrested the nation's Vice President Ahmed Adeeb over an alleged plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, who escaped death after his boat was hit by a bomb last month, the home minister said.

Jousting, but no insurrection at UK Labour conference

Brighton - Jeremy Corbyn's debut conference as British Labour leader began with dark warnings that the party was on the brink of civil war, but potential mutineers have so far kept their swords sheathed.

Venezuela releases former general-turned-Chavez critic: Lawyer

Caracas - A former Venezuelan defense minister and ally-turned-critic of the late president Hugo Chavez has been released on parole after spending more than six years in prison on corruption charges, his lawyer said Thursday.

Future bleak for Russia's cowed opposition

Moscow - After years with no real political power and a steady Kremlin crackdown on dissent, Russia's opposition was in the doldrums even before the assassination of one of its most vocal activists, Boris Nemtsov.
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