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Moscow police detain Navalny supporters at rally

Moscow - Police in Moscow on Saturday began detaining supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he called for demonstrations across the country against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Moscow police clash with Navalny supporters as tens of thousands rally

Moscow - Police clashed violently with protesters in Moscow and arrested more than 2,500 demonstrators in cities across the country Saturday as Russians took to the streets to denounce Kremlin rule and demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Russia cracks down on Navalny allies ahead of protests

Moscow - Russian authorities on Friday cracked down on supporters of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, handing down short jail terms to allies as police vowed to suppress protests this weekend.

Navalny allies face jail ahead of weekend protests

Moscow - Allies of jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny were facing possible fines and prison time on Friday in court cases that ramp up pressure on Kremlin critics ahead of weekend protests.

Russia pressures Navalny allies ahead of weekend protests

Moscow - Russian authorities on Thursday detained five aides of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny and warned social media platforms against spreading online calls to stage weekend protests.

Yulia Navalnaya, Kremlin critic's wife, in the spotlight

Moscow - From hospitals to courtrooms to demonstrations, Russia's chief opposition figure Alexei Navalny is often flanked by his wife Yulia Navalnaya, who has been thrown into the limelight since his poisoning in August.

To jail or not to jail: Kremlin in bind over Navalny return

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's defiant pledge to return to Moscow from Germany after surviving a poisoning attack puts the Kremlin in a major bind.

Cambodia resumes mass trial of opposition figures

Phnom Penh - A closed-door mass trial of 150 Cambodian opposition figures resumed in Phnom Penh Thursday, in what critics labelled a politically motivated sham.

Alexei Navalny: Russia's charismatic anti-Putin campaigner

Moscow - A charismatic anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny has been Russia's leading opposition politician for around a decade, determined to challenge Vladimir Putin's grip on power despite frequent prison stays and harm to his health.

Russia probes Navalny ally for 'threatening suspected poisoner'

Moscow - Russian authorities on Friday launched a criminal probe into an ally of Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny after she tried to doorstep the apartment of a man Navalny said took part in his poisoning.

Russia probes Navalny ally for 'threatening suspected poisoner'

Moscow - Russian authorities on Friday launched a criminal probe into an ally of Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny and raided her flat for allegedly threatening a man Navalny said took part in his poisoning.

Russia sanctions EU over poisoning of 'delusional' Navalny

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday slapped tit-for-tat sanctions on EU officials over their response to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, saying the opposition leader had a persecution complex and "compares himself to Jesus.

Navalny says he tricked FSB agent into admitting poisoning

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday he had tricked a security agent into admitting the Federal Security Service (FSB) sought to kill him this summer and placed poison in his underwear.

C.Africa opposition coalition calls for delay to elections

Bangui - An opposition coalition in Central African Republic on Sunday called for postponement of elections a week before the vote, as the party of ex-president Francois Bozize denied claims that it was attempting to stage a coup.

Venezuelan opposition wraps up 'popular consultation'

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition wrapped up a "popular consultation" on Saturday, in a symbolic poll hailed as "historic" by organizers but which did not prompt the massive mobilization seen during protests last year.

Belarus opposition protester dies after arrest

Minsk - A Belarusian artist has died in Minsk after police arrested him in a city square that has become a symbol of opposition to strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko, investigators said on Friday.

Belarus opposition leader decries mass protest arrests

Minsk - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Monday denounced a crackdown on peaceful demonstrators after more than one thousand people were detained at a rally against strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Russian activist jailed for 15 days over crucifixion stunt

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday jailed a political activist for 15 days for re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ near the headquarters of the security service in central Moscow.

Fear, tension grip Ivory Coast town after disputed vote

Toumodi - Shifting through the charred remains of his home, Jacob Yahot can only talk about fear after he saw houses and shops torched in election riots.

Caracas says Spain envoy helped Venezuela opposition leader flee

Caracas - Venezuela's government accused Madrid's envoy to Caracas on Sunday of being an accomplice in the "escape" of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to Spain.

Venezuela opposition figure Lopez headed to Spain: family

Madrid - Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan opposition figure who has sheltered at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas for 18 months, has now fled the country, his father told AFP Saturday.

Venezuela opposition figure Lopez en route to Spain after leaving Caracas embassy: family

Madrid - Leopoldo Lopez, a key Venezuelan opposition figure who has been holed up at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas for the past 18 months, has left the embassy and fled the country, his father told AFP Saturday.

Ethiopia's Jawar Mohammed: From Abiy ally to terror trial

Addis Ababa - Jawar Mohammed, the Ethiopian media mogul-turned-opposition politician facing trial on terror charges, is no stranger to sparring with the government.

Exiled Saudi dissidents launch opposition party

London - A group of Saudi dissidents exiled in Britain, the US and elsewhere announced the launch of an opposition party on Wednesday, the first organised political resistance under King Salman's rule.

In Siberia, hopes for a political awakening over Navalny poisoning

Tomsk - Yelena Basova at first was not convinced that Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny could have been poisoned in her hometown in Siberia.Then she watched his investigation into local corruption.

Belarus opposition figure 'tore passport to pieces' to avoid expulsion

Minsk - Authorities in Belarus tried to forcibly expel leading opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova from the country but she tore up her passport in defiance and jumped out a car window to stay, her allies said Tuesday.

Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova detained at a border

Minsk - One of Belarus's leading opposition figures Maria Kolesnikova has been detained while trying to cross into Ukraine, border officials said Tuesday.

Senior Belarusian opposition figure reportedly detained

Minsk - Unidentified men in black on Monday morning grabbed Maria Kolesnikova, a leading Belarusian opposition figure, and pushed her into a minibus, her campaign team reported, citing witnesses.

'Some improvement' in Navalny's condition: Berlin hospital

Berlin - The Berlin hospital treating leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Friday there was "some improvement" in his condition after he suffered a suspected poisoning.

Kremlin says Navalny not poisoned as West urges probe

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday rejected international calls for an investigation into the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying medics had not identified any toxin.
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