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Jaded Cuba dissidents eye fresh start with handover

Havana - On the eve of Cuba's historic presidential handover, Manuel Cuesta Morua is striving to find a new path for the island's outlawed and fractured opposition.

Cuba dissidents present slate of candidates for 2017 election

Havana - Opposition leaders said Thursday they plan to present a slate of candidates for next year's legislative and local elections, an act of political defiance in communist-governed Cuba.

'Just words': Cubans applaud Obama visit, but see little change

Havana - After the heady excitement of seeing President Barack Obama shatter decades of US-Cuba hostility, Cubans woke up Wednesday wondering how much will really change on the communist island.

Bi-partisan bill introduced to protect Camp Liberty Residents

Washington - A resolution has been introduced in Congress to provide protection and security for the residents of Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. The residents are exiles from Iran, and have been attacked numerous times by pro-Iranian forces.

Cuba frees four dissidents as 'gift' to Obama: Opposition

Havana - Cuba put four dissidents on a flight bound for the United States, an opposition member said Thursday, calling their release "a gift" to US President Barack Obama.

Assembly in Venezuela approves pardon for political prisoners

Caracas - Lawmakers in Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature approved an amnesty for jailed foes of President Nicolas Maduro, who has pledged to veto the bill.

Cuban dissidents not expecting miracles from pope visit

Havana - Cuban dissidents hope Pope Francis will use his upcoming visit to pressure the government on human rights, but they aren't holding out hope for any miracles from the communist regime.

Freed by Cuba, dissident couple doubt quick changes

Havana - A couple who were among 53 political prisoners Cuba freed under a US detente deal thanked Washington on Tuesday but voiced doubts of seeing immediate changes on the communist island.

Cuba frees 53 political prisoners as agreed in US deal

Washington - Cuba has released all 53 of the political prisoners it agreed to free in last month's normalization deal with the United States, the US State Department said Monday.

Dissident poet Josef Škvorecký had died in Canada

Toronto - The Czech dissident poet and author Josef Škvorecký has died in Canada aged 87. Škvorecký had resided in Canada since fleeing the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Op-Ed: 'Dissident Assange' and the fall of the secrecy wall

The Wikileaks disclosure scandal has set off an unpredictable chain of events, which recalls the days of the fall of the Berlin Wall and communism's demise.

Op-Ed: Political Dissidents Already Missing President Bush

At a conference for dissidents held by the Bush Institute last week that was barely reported on by the media, many dissidents had kind words for Bush but some rather stinging rebukes for Obama. A new Wall Street Journal oped sums it all up: Miss Me Yet?

Iran's censorship policies turn Internet into 'filter-net'

After the recent protests in Iran, during which members of the opposition made much use of the Internet, the regime in Iran has cracked down on free Internet access, so much that dissidents now call it a 'filternet'.

Two British Soldiers Killed by Suspected IRA Dissidents

In Antrim, two men armed with assault rifles opened fire on the British soldiers at the entrance to the Massereene army barracks.

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