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Serbian opposition cries foul after ballot

Belgrade - Serbian opposition groups on Friday alleged electoral "fraud" at weekend polls after the latest results showed a far-right coalition has been excluded from parliament.

Russian novelist Ulitskaya attacked at awards ceremony: rights group

Moscow - Activists on Thursday attacked prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, schoolchildren and other participants at a prize ceremony organised by rights campaign group Memorial, which exposes Stalin-era repression.

S. African leftist leader threatens violence to oust Zuma

Johanesburg - The firebrand head of South Africa's radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, has warned he could seek to remove the government "through the barrel of a gun.""We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight.

Syria opposition negotiator urges attacks on regime despite truce

Ginebra - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator on Sunday called for renewed attacks on regime forces, despite the shaky truce deal between government troops and rebel fighters.

Syria opposition says willing to govern with regime 'diplomats, technocrats'

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) told AFP Friday it was willing to join a transitional government with diplomats and technocrats from President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Syria ceasefire 'about to collapse': Opposition

Paris - The ceasefire in Syria "is about to collapse," an official from the opposition said in an interview published Sunday, just days before the resumption of peace talks in Geneva.

Syria opposition sees U.S. 'ambiguity' on Assad future

Paris - A Syrian opposition figure on Sunday criticised perceived "American ambiguity" on the future of President Bashar al-Assad and urged Washington to confirm he will not be "rehabilitated" in a future government.

Syria opposition rejects unity govt that includes Assad regime

Birut - Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee on Wednesday flatly rejected a demand from President Bashar al-Assad for any transitional government to include his regime."International resolutions speak of...

Rousseff government is 'finished': Brazil opposition leader

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Roussef's government is "finished," a key opposition leader said Tuesday as the leftist leader faced the exit of her coalition partner.

Congo opposition urges peaceful protest of president re-election

Brazzaville - Five defeated opposition candidates in Congo's recent presidential poll called on their countrymen to challenge the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso through "peaceful" and legal actions, according to a statement confirmed by AFP.

Georgia rocked by sex video scandal ahead of polls

Tbili - A political scandal has rocked pro-Western Georgia after a sex video of an opposition party member was posted online and other politicians received similar threats, just months before parliamentary polls.

Two Syria opposition leaders arrive in Geneva for talks

Ginebra - Two leaders from the Syrian opposition delegation arrived in Geneva on Saturday ahead of peace talks due to resume next week, AFP correspondents reported.

Regime will wait only 24 hours for opposition in Geneva: Syria FM

Damascus - The Syrian government delegation to shaky peace talks in Geneva will wait no more than 24 hours for the opposition delegation to arrive, the country's foreign minister said on Saturday."Our delegation will leave for Geneva tomorrow....

Syria opposition says to join Geneva peace talks on March 14

Birut - Syria's main opposition body, the High Negotiations Committee, said Friday that it would attend indirect peace talks with the government in Geneva on March 14.

Venezuela opposition vows 'all means' to oust Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition called Tuesday for the "largest movement that has ever existed" to oust President Nicolas Maduro, vowing to pursue all means to force him from power, including a referendum and protests.

One year on, Russian marchers honour slain Kremlin critic

Moscow - Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Saturday in memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin a year ago in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Year after murder, Russian opposition pays respects to Nemtsov

Moscow - Thousands of Russians prepared Saturday to honour the memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin a year ago in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Nearly 100 rebel factions have agreed to Syria ceasefire

Birut - Nearly 100 rebel factions in Syria agreed Friday to abide by a Russian-US ceasefire for two weeks, hours before it was due to come into force, the country's top opposition grouping said.

Russian opposition leader Navalny hit by cake attack

Moscow - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Thursday said attackers threw two cakes in his face in Moscow, adding that the assault was linked to the Kremlin.

Nemtsov allies seek murder masterminds a year after shooting

Moscow - A small group of volunteers arranges flowers at the makeshift shrine on a bridge just metres from the Kremlin where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down a year ago.

Syria opposition says to respect ceasefire 'for two weeks'

Birut - Syria's main opposition grouping said Wednesday it would respect a provisional ceasefire in Syria "for two weeks", ahead of the proposed start of the truce this weekend.

Russian opposition slam Chechen strongman as 'national security threat'

Moscow - A ruthless and corrupt leader with his own private army who has carved out de facto independence for his restive region: Russia's opposition on Tuesday lashed out at Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov in a new report.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

Moscow - A Russian court has thrown out a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin filed by top opposition leader Alexei Navalny over alleged graft, saying the Kremlin chief was effectively untouchable.

Syria opposition says rebels must decide on ceasefire

Birut - A key Syrian opposition body said Friday that a proposed pause in fighting in the country would have to be examined and decided upon by rebel forces on the ground.

Kremlin downplays 'hooligan' cake attack on opposition leader

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday downplayed a cake-throwing attack on opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov and denied it was linked to a threat last week by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Controversial trial of Islamic opposition opens in Tajikistan

Dushanbe - Thirteen members of a moderate Islamist opposition party went on trial behind closed doors in volatile Tajikistan on Tuesday, accused of fanning a wave of unrest that killed dozens of people last year.

Syria opposition vows no return to talks 'until humanitarian demands met'

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition group will not return to peace talks until its humanitarian demands are met, chief coordinator Riad Hijab said Wednesday after the UN suspended negotiations in Switzerland until February 25.

Russia opposition demands Chechen leader probe over 'sniper' video

Moscow - A Russian opposition party on Wednesday demanded a formal investigation into Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov after he posted a video of its leader in the cross hairs of a sniper scope.

Syria opposition cancels Tuesday meeting with UN envoy

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition group said Tuesday that it will not attend a planned afternoon meeting with the UN special envoy, adding further doubts about the prospects for peace talks in Switzerland.

Syria opposition puts off peace talks decision until Friday

Riyadh - Syrian opposition members meeting in Riyadh have postponed until Friday a decision on whether to attend peace talks due to start in Geneva the same day, delegates said.
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