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US vice president to Venezuelan opposition: 'We are with you'

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence issued a rallying cry Tuesday to Venezuela's opposition on the eve of planned protest marches, calling President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator.

Syria opposition urges Arab states not to mend ties with Assad

Apo - Syria's opposition chief on Sunday urged Arab leaders not to rebuild relations with President Bashar al-Assad's government, voicing frustration amid apparent efforts to bring the Damascus regime back into the Arab fold.

Opposition boycotts swearing-in of new Bangladesh MPs

Dhaka - Opposition MPs on Thursday boycotted the swearing-in of the new Bangladesh parliament after a controversial election that was dogged by allegations of intimidation and fraud.

Israel opposition in dramatic split ahead of election

Jerusalem - Israel's centre-left opposition dramatically split on Tuesday ahead of an April 9 election, with leader Avi Gabbay announcing he would no longer partner with veteran politician Tzipi Livni as she sat stone-faced next to him.

Bangladesh poll landslide raises democracy fears: analysts

Dhaka - A crushing victory for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an election overshadowed by allegations it was fixed raises fears about the future of democracy in Bangladesh, analysts say.

Uganda's popstar MP 'hiding' from police after raid: lawyer

Kanpala - Ugandan popstar turned opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine is in hiding after police raided a hotel he was staying in ahead of a concert, his lawyer said Sunday.

Russia jails elderly activist for protest call

Moscow - A Moscow court on Wednesday sentenced a 77-year-old rights activist to 25 days in jail for calling for protests against a growing crackdown on young people.

Russian opposition chief Navalny goes to EU after ban

Moscow - Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday was allowed to leave Russia, a day after border guards prevented him from flying out of Moscow for a European court ruling."He has flown out," Navalny's lawyer Ivan Zhdanov told AFP.

Opposition chief Navalny says barred from leaving Russia

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was prevented from flying out of Moscow for a European court ruling on whether his recent detentions have been politically motivated.

Honda joins GM in opposition to EPA freeze on emission standards

Washington - On Friday, Honda joined with General Motors in its opposition to the EPA's proposed freeze on emission standards, upping the stakes and asking federal officials to negotiate with California and other states in working out a comprehensive national plan.

Defiant Zimbabwe opposition leader says will not accept poll result

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday vowed to continue his push to take power after disputed elections in which he lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa in July. "We want to claim the victory of the people.

Russia's opposition magazine faces closure over $340,000 fine

Moscow - Russia's only opposition magazine, The New Times, faces bankruptcy and apparent closure after a court slapped the outlet with a fine of nearly $340,000, its editor said on Friday.

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.
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