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Putin foe Navalny freed from jail after back-to-back sentences

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail Sunday after three weeks behind bars for organising anti-Kremlin protests, his second spell in detention in as many months.

Katumbi's DR Congo trial sent to constitutional court

Apo - The trial of exiled DR Congo opposition presidential candidate Moise Katumbi for the alleged recruitment of mercenaries was suspended Wednesday and sent to the constitutional court, his lawyer said.

Iranian diplomat held in Belgium over 'bomb plot'

Apo - An Iranian diplomat was taken into custody in Belgium on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in France.

US condemns Venezuela govt 'involvement' in opposition member's death

Washington - The United States on Wednesday condemned what it said was Venezuelan government "involvement" in the fatal fall from a window of an opposition activist who was in custody.

UN calls for probe into death of Venezuela opposition member

Geneva - The United Nations called Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death of Venezuelan opposition member Fernando Alban after Caracas said he killed himself in custody.

Opposition forms coalition ahead of Cameroon vote

Yaound - Two Cameroonian opposition parties agreed a coalition on Friday to jointly contest this weekend's presidential polls, a spokesman said, in an effort to dislodge six-term President Paul Biya.

Germany approves extradition of Iran diplomat over bomb 'plot'

Berlin - A German court said Monday it gave the green light for an Iranian diplomat linked to an alleged bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally to be handed over to Belgium.

Kremlin critic Navalny gets 20 days in jail for protest

Moscow - Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 20 days in jail for organising an opposition protest in a new court ruling Monday, the day he was freed after spending a month behind bars, his spokeswoman said.

Kremlin loses regional votes amid anger over pension reform

Moscow - Russia's ruling party suffered two rare defeats in regional elections this weekend as its candidates lost to nationalists amid widespread discontent over a pension reform backed by President Vladimir Putin.

Putin foe Navalny sentenced to 20 days after spending month in jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 20 days in jail for organising an anti-Kremlin protest in a new court ruling Monday, the day he was freed after spending a month behind bars.

Kremlin loses regional votes amid anger over pension reform

Moscow - Russia's ruling party suffered two rare defeats in regional elections this weekend as its candidates lost to populists amid widespread discontent over a pension reform backed by President Vladimir Putin.

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained on release from prison: spokesperson

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained Monday on his release from prison after serving a 30-day sentence for an unauthorised protest, his spokesperson said.

Turkey court orders release of prominent opposition MP

Ankara - Turkey's top appeals court on Thursday ordered the release of an opposition lawmaker convicted last year of leaking classified material to the press, state media reported.

Russian security chief calls opposition leader to 'duel'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin's close ally and chief of the National Guard on Tuesday challenged Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to a "duel" and threatened to turn him into "steak".

Dutch govt under fire for Syria opposition support

Den Haag - The Dutch government faced a storm of protest from lawmakers Monday after a news report said it supported a Syrian opposition group which Dutch prosecutors had labelled a "terrorist" organisation.

Polish citizen groups unite against 'populist' govt policies

Lodz - Representatives of Polish citizens' initiatives met at a congress on Sunday in the central city of Lodz to discuss how to combat what they call the "populist" and "harmful" policies of the country's conservative government.

Sex doll brothel opening in Toronto sparks opposition

Sex doll brothels are already popular in Japan, Korea, Barcelona, and Paris, but North America has so far, managed to be kept out of the fake-sex partner trade. But Aura Dolls is cashing in on a wide-open market by opening a brothel in Toronto.

Over 100 rights groups urge Bahrain to free activist Rajab

Paris - More than 100 rights groups urged Bahrain Wednesday to "immediately release" high-profile activist Nabeel Rajab who is serving two separate jail sentences for alleged anti-government statements.

Mali opposition leader 'categorically rejects' election result

Bamako - The main opposition candidate in Mali's contested election said on Thursday that he "categorically rejects" the results of the presidential run-off that handed a second term to Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Zimbabwe opposition asks court to annul election result

Harare - Zimbabwe's opposition argued in the country's top court Wednesday that the presidential election results should be thrown out, alleging that only "massive doctoring" of the vote had kept Emmerson Mnangagwa in office.

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail again

Phnom Penh - Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha was denied bail Wednesday after almost a year in jail on treason charges that critics say were trumped up by premier Hun Sen to gift himself a free run in last month's election.

Zimbabwe top court hears appeal against election result

Harare - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will Wednesday hear an opposition petition seeking to overturn the presidential election result, in a legal challenge seen as unlikely to succeed despite allegations of vote fraud.

Turkish nationalist party re-elects chief despite election defeat

Ankara - Turkey's nationalist Good Party re-elected Meral Aksener as its chief on Sunday, even though she had vowed to step down following her heavy defeat in the presidential election in June.

Top Zimbabwe opponent bailed after Zambia asylum bid

Harare - Western governments and the UN expressed alarm Thursday as top Zimbabwe opposition figure Tendai Biti appeared in court after a dramatic attempt to flee to neighbouring Zambia and claim asylum.

Zambia deports top Zimbabwe opponent Biti, defying court order: lawyer

Lusaka - Zambian authorities on Thursday defied a court order stopping them from deporting top Zimbabwe opposition figure Tendai Biti, handing him to police across the border, his lawyer said.

Zimbabwe opposition confirms court challenge to election results

Harare - Zimbabwe's MDC opposition party on Wednesday confirmed it would launch a legal challenge to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow election victory, which it says was due to fraud.

Post-Mugabe euphoria fades with Zimbabwe's elections

Harare - When Robert Mugabe's brutal rule finally came to an end, millions in Zimbabwe dreamed of a brighter future -- but many fear his freshly elected former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa will simply offer more of the same.

Exiled Syrian actress who took on Assad buried in France

Dourdan - May Skaf, a prominent Syrian actress and activist who emerged as a fiercely outspoken critic of President Bashar al-Assad's regime after the uprising began in 2011, was buried Friday in France, where she had fled after being freed from prison.

E.Guinea opposition denounces 'illegal detention' of prisoners

Malabo - The leading opposition party in Equatorial Guinea has denounced the "illegal detention" of its activists, with dozens in prison despite a pledge last month by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema that they would be released.

Syria opposition turns to political path after military defeats

Apo - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator, Nasr al-Hariri, called for a renewal of UN-brokered peace talks while acknowledging "significant military losses" by rebel forces, in an interview with AFP.
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