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Armenia opposition leader detained after failed talks

Yerevan - Armenia's political turmoil deepened on Sunday with the detention of anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan, shortly after Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian stormed out of talks on the tenth day of mass rallies against his rule.

Armenian protest leader says to meet PM to discuss his 'resignation'

Yerevan - Armenian anti-government protests leader Nikol Pashinyan said he would meet Prime Minister and ex-president Serzh Sarkisian on Sunday, after nine days of mass demonstrations against an alleged power-grab.

Tens of thousands rally in Armenia as ex-president elected PM

Yerevan - Tens of thousands rallied in the Armenian capital on Tuesday after ex-president Serzh Sarkisian was elected prime minister by the country's parliament despite several days of protests, an AFP journalist reported from the scene.

Armenia's ex-president set to keep power as opposition blocks govt buildings

Yerevan - Opposition demonstrators blockaded government buildings in Armenia's capital Tuesday as parliament was set to confirm the pro-Moscow former president as the real power in the country.

Armenia opposition chief urges new protests, strike

Yerevan - An Armenian opposition leader on Monday urged demonstrators to take to the streets again, even after he and dozens of others were hurt in protests over moves by the country's former president to maintain his grip on power.

Armenians protest ex-leader's move to stay in power

Yerevan - Several thousand protesters staged rallies on Monday in the Armenian capital against former president Serzh Sarkisian as he moves to maintain a chokehold on power as prime minister.

US vice president meets Venezuelan opposition ahead of summit

- US Vice President Mike Pence met with Venezuelan opposition figures Friday shortly after he arrived in Peru ahead of a summit with Latin American leaders, reporters traveling with him said.

Russia's Navalny calls for protest ahead of Putin inauguration

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday called for demonstrations across the country on May 5, two days ahead of the inauguration of re-elected President Vladimir Putin.

S.Africa opposition leader re-elected as polls loom

Pretoria - Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance party, was re-elected on Sunday as the party kicked-off campaigning for elections due by 2019.

Kremlin cracking down on internet to muzzle critics, say experts

Moscow - As Vladimir Putin starts his fourth Kremlin term, authorities are turning up the heat on popular websites and apps ostensibly to fight terrorism but analysts say the real motive is to muzzle critics.

Broken by siege, Syria rebels face worst loss yet in Ghouta

Beirut - The expected loss of Eastern Ghouta will deal Syria's fragmented rebels their biggest blow yet, leaving them unable to threaten President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus and increasingly subservient to competing global interests.

Russian city scraps direct mayoral vote in blow to Putin critic

Moscow - Regional lawmakers voted Tuesday to cancel direct elections in Russia's fourth-largest city in a blow to the opposition mayor as the Kremlin intensifies a crackdown on dissent.

DR Congo main opposition to be led by founder's son

Apo - The Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition party on Saturday chose the son of its founder, a historic opposition figure, as its leader and presidential candidate in long delayed polls due at the end of the year.

Facing raids and jail, anti-Kremlin opposition readies to monitor polls

Moscow - In a packed room, supporters of Russia's main opposition leader Alexei Navalny scribble notes as a lecturer gives tips on how to nab ballot-stuffers at Sunday's polls.

Venezuelan presidential challenger says could pull out of race

Madrid - The main challenger in Venezuela's presidential election said in an interview published Saturday he could pull out of the race if incumbent Nicolas Maduro -- who is seeking a second six-year term -- does not meet his demands for international observer...

'Panic' as Mugabe appears to back new Zimbabwe opposition

Johanesburg - Zimbabwe's ex-leader Robert Mugabe sent shockwaves through the party he dominated for decades when he posed with the retired general who will take on the ruling ZANU-PF in this year's election.

Top Malaysian activist to run as opposition bet in upcoming polls

Petaling Jaya - A prominent Malaysian rights activist Tuesday announced her candidacy in upcoming polls in what analysts see as a boost for the opposition's attempt to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Navalny says Russian authorities to keep him behind bars on election day

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces up to a month in prison, on Tuesday accused the authorities of wanting to put him behind bars during the upcoming presidential election.

Russians march for murdered hero Nemtsov ahead of presidential vote

Moscow - Several thousand Muscovites marched Sunday in frigid temperatures in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down three years ago, a rare sanctioned opposition gathering ahead of next month's presidential vote.

Cameroon opposition party picks presidential candidate

Bamenda - Cameroon's main opposition party on Saturday selected deputy leader Joshua Osih as its presidential candidate to challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in elections later this year.

Russian opposition protester jailed for a year

Moscow - A Russian court sentenced a protester to a year in a penal colony Thursday for hitting a police officer during an anti-government demonstration in March 2017.

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained over illegal protest

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was briefly detained Thursday for organising illegal protests as Russia prepares to hold presidential polls next month.

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained in Moscow

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday he had been detained by police in Moscow, less than a month ahead of presidential polls he has been barred from contesting.

Venezuelan opposition says won't contest April 22 polls without guarantees

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition announced Wednesday it would not participate in April 22 presidential elections without guarantees that it would be free and fair.

Venezuelan opposition says won't contest April 22 polls without guarantees

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition announced Wednesday it would not participate in April 22 presidential elections without guarantees that it would be free and fair.

Zimbabwe bids farewell to opposition hero Tsvangirai

Chivhu - Thousands of Zimbabweans gathered Tuesday to bid a final farewell to opposition veteran Morgan Tsvangirai who was one of Africa's most globally admired politicians and lived to see the fall of his political nemesis Robert Mugabe.

Ex-Caracas mayor calls for Venezuela 'intervention'

Geneva - The exiled former mayor of Caracas told AFP Tuesday that the time for diplomacy in Venezuela is over, as he urged the international community to intervene on behalf of a suffering population.

Talks open in Togo between government and opposition

Lom - Long-awaited talks between Togo's government and the opposition began on Monday to try to end a six-month political stand-off that has seen thousands take to the streets in almost weekly protests against the ruling party.

Zimbabwe remembers Tsvangirai, the 'doyen of democracy'

Harare - Thousands of Zimbabweans and foreign mourners took to the streets of Harare Monday to pay tribute to Zimbabwe's iconic opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died after a battle with cancer.

Zimbabwe president hails late opposition hero Tsvangirai, urges unity

Harare - Zimbabwe’s president on Sunday praised opposition icon Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week as an outstanding political figure who had endured political hardship and deserved his place in the country's history.
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