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Venezuela, US clash over political prisoners

Caracas - Venezuela and the United States locked horns again over political prisoners held by Caracas, including a jailed opposition leader whose supporters took to the streets of the capital Saturday to demand his release.

Venezuelans to protest for opposition leader's release

Caracas - Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has called on his supporters to hold a "massive" protest on Saturday, after US President Donald Trump incensed Caracas by calling for his release.

Venezuela Supreme Court upholds sentence for opposition leader: lawyer

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's nearly 14-year prison sentence, a day after US President Donald Trump called for his release.

Trump calls for release of Venezuela opposition leader

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Venezuela to free jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez "immediately," posting a picture of himself and Vice President Mike Pence with Lopez's wife at the White House.

Detained Sudan rights activist on hunger strike: wife

Khartoum - A prominent Sudanese human rights activist has begun a hunger strike in detention and the authorities have accused him of attempting to commit suicide, his wife said Saturday.

UK 'concerned' by Russia opposition guilty verdict

London - Britain said Thursday it was "concerned" at the guilty verdict against Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying it raised questions about the rule of law.

Putin foe Navalny given five-year suspended jail term

Moscow - Top Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was found guilty on Wednesday of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence that threatens to end his bid to challenge President Vladimir Putin in a presidential poll next year.

Putin critic Kara-Murza suffered 'acute poisoning'

Moscow - A Russian opposition politician in a coma with organ failure suffered "acute poisoning" by an unknown substance, his wife said Tuesday, two years after a suspected poisoning nearly killed him.

Turkey arrests pro-Kurd party spokesman in crackdown

Istanbul - Turkey arrested two MPs from the main pro-Kurdish party on Tuesday, including its chief spokesman, the latest move in a crackdown on the group ahead of a vote on changing the constitution.

Syria key opposition leaders decline talks with Lavrov

Birut - Syria's main opposition leaders on Thursday turned down an invitation from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks in Moscow.

Sudan opposition leader Mahdi returns from exile: party

Khartoum - Sudanese opposition leader and ex-prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi returned to the country on Thursday more than two years after he fled abroad, his party said.

Syrian political opposition says it supports Astana talks

Riyadh - Syria's mainstream political opposition said Saturday it supports planned peace talks sponsored by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital later this month.

Kenya opposition forms 'super alliance' to unseat Kenyatta

Nairobi - Kenya's main opposition leaders on Wednesday announced the formation of a super alliance in a bid to unseat incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in August elections.

DR Congo opposition leader urges citizens to reject Kabila

Brussels - Congolese opposition head Etienne Tshisekedi called on citizens and foreign countries to "no longer recognise" Joseph Kabila as president, in a video released as the long-serving leader appeared set to remain in office on despite his mandate expiring.

Putin foe Navalny announces 2018 Kremlin bid

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday announced he would run for president in 2018 after a court victory allowed the outspoken Kremlin critic to be a candidate.

Bahrain upholds jail sentence for opposition chief

Dibai - Bahrain's appeals court on Monday upheld a nine-year jail sentence against opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, a judicial source said, the latest move in a crackdown on the Shiite majority.

Bahrain upholds jail sentence for opposition chief

Dibai - Bahrain's appeals court on Monday upheld a nine-year jail sentence against opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, a judicial source said, the latest move in a crackdown on the Shiite majority.

Bahrain upholds jail sentence for opposition chief

Dibai - Bahrain's appeals court on Monday upheld a nine-year jail sentence against opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, a judicial source said, the latest move in a crackdown on the Shiite majority.

Cuban dissidents fear repression after Castro death

Havana - While Cuban-Americans partied in the streets of Miami after Fidel Castro died, dissidents in Cuba stayed home, fearing more repression though some hope his brother Raul will enact reforms.

Jailed Kosovo activist committed suicide: prosecutor

Pristina - An autopsy on the body of a Kosovo opposition activist who died in prison found that he committed suicide, authorities in the Balkan nation said, after his death drew protesters onto the streets.

Syrian opposition urges Trump to protect civilians

Birut - Syria's main opposition group has urged US president-elect Donald Trump to protect civilians and help end the bloodshed in the country, devastated by five years of war.

Nobel winner Alexievich urges release of Russia activist

Minsk - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, last year's Nobel Literature Prize winner, has signed a petition for the release of a Russian activist who says he has been tortured and threatened in prison.

Impossible to refuse jihadist help in Aleppo: Syria opposition

Geneva - People stuck in war-ravaged Aleppo do not have the luxury of refusing help from jihadists, a high-level member of Syria's main opposition said, lashing out at international "inaction" in breaking the siege.

Jailed Russian activist says was beaten, threatened

Moscow - A Russian activist jailed for staging solo anti-government protests claimed in a letter published Tuesday that he was beaten and threatened with rape and murder in prison.

Bahrain court overturns jail term of opposition chief

Dubai - A top court in Bahrain on Monday overturned a nine-year jail term against Shiite opposition chief cleric Ali Salman, convicted of inciting hatred and calling for forceful regime change.

Gambia opposition to field single presidential candidate

Banjul - The Gambia's opposition parties announced Friday they would unite around a single candidate for December's presidential election, in an unusual show of unity as President Yahya Jammeh seeks a fifth term in power.

Ivorian opposition calls for constitution vote boycott

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's main opposition coalition called Friday on voters to boycott a referendum on the adoption of a new constitution that changes contentious rules on presidential eligibility.

Zambian opposition leader arrested

Lusaka - Zambia's opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema was arrested Wednesday on charges of sedition and unlawful assembly, police said.

Turkey opposition leader blasts Erdogan's 'counter coup'

Istanbul - Turkey's main opposition party leader on Friday accused the government of seeking to capitalise on the July 15 coup to stifle dissent, and vowed to oppose moves to extend a three-month state of emergency.

Syria political deal not viable: opposition official

Birut - Escalating violence in Syria, particularly against rebel-held Aleppo city, means a political solution to the conflict is "no longer a viable option," an opposition official said Wednesday.
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