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Turkey opposition leader promises 'first-class democracy'

Ankara - Turkey's main opposition leader pledged on Sunday to introduce a "first-class democracy" and eradicate poverty as he announced a election manifesto ahead of the June legislative poll. "You have my word.

Russian opposition parties link up ahead of 2016 polls

Moscow - The marginalised Russian opposition parties of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and arch Putin foe Alexei Navalny have announced they will form an alliance for legislative polls in 2016.

Syria opposition figures seek to form alternative body

Damascus - A group of Syrian opposition figures is seeking to form an alternative to the National Coalition body and open negotiations with President Bashar al-Assad to end their country's conflict.

Thai 'Red Shirts' cancel 2010 crackdown anniversary

Bangkok - Thailand's anti-coup "Red Shirts" on Thursday cancelled a religious ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of a deadly military crackdown, accusing security forces of surrounding a temple where the memorial was due to take place.

Venezuela formally charges Caracas mayor

Caracas - Prosecutors in Venezuela formally charged Caracas mayor and opposition politician Antonio Ledezma Tuesday with staging a US-funded attempted coup against President Nicolas Maduro.

Russians gather to remember slain Putin critic Nemtsov

Moscow - Hundreds of supporters of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov gathered Tuesday at the site near the Kremlin where he was killed to commemorate his death.

Vandals destroy memorial to murdered Russian opposition leader

Moscow - Vandals Saturday destroyed an improvised memorial created by supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot a month ago, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported Saturday.

Guinea opposition leaders call for fresh protests

Paris - The leaders of the three main Guinean opposition parties met in Paris Tuesday and called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde, who they claimed has "lost all legitimacy".

Future bleak for Russia's cowed opposition

Moscow - After years with no real political power and a steady Kremlin crackdown on dissent, Russia's opposition was in the doldrums even before the assassination of one of its most vocal activists, Boris Nemtsov.

Putin awards medal to chief suspect in Litvinenko murder

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday awarded a medal of honour to the chief suspect in the murder of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko for "services to the fatherland".

Kremlin critic Navalny freed from latest prison stint

Moscow - Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Friday vowed to keep up his fight against President Vladimir Putin as he was released from his latest jail term, a two-week stint for organising an illegal gathering.

Putin says Nemtsov assassination a 'disgrace'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday described the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as a tragedy that had brought disgrace on Russia, and warned against a rise in "extremist crime".

Thousands pay last respects to slain Putin critic

Moscow - Thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Latvian MEP says barred from entering Russia for Nemtsov funeral

Riga - Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete who planned to attend the funeral of slain Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov said Monday she had been refused entry into Russia at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

Polish, Latvian officials barred from entering Russia for Nemtsov funeral

Warsaw - Senior Polish and Latvian officials who sought to attend the Moscow funeral of slain Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov said Monday they had been denied entry into Russia on the eve of the ceremony.

Nemtsov murder witness says blocked from leaving Moscow

Moscow - The Ukrainian model girlfriend of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov complained Monday she was being blocked from leaving Moscow, as authorities vowed to solve the most shocking political assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Nemtsov murder witness says blocked from leaving Russia

Moscow - The chief witness to the murder of Russian protest leader Boris Nemtsov, a Ukrainian model by his side when he was shot dead, complained Monday of being kept under guard in Moscow.

Detained Ukrainian lawmaker released from custody in Moscow

Moscow - A Ukrainian lawmaker said Sunday he was detained by Russian police ahead of a Moscow march to honour opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin.

Tens of thousands march for slain Russian opposition leader Nemtsov

Moscow - Tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow to honour the memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in the highest-profile assassination during Vladimir Putin's rule.

Memorial rally in Moscow for slain Russian opposition leader

Moscow - Supporters of Boris Nemtsov were preparing to march through Moscow Sunday afternoon in an outpouring of anger and grief at the brutal murder of the opposition leader and fervent critic of Vladimir Putin, who has vowed to bring the killers to justice.

Nemtsov admitted fears for life weeks before murder

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down on Friday in a contract-style killing, gave an interview this month admitting he had feared for his life over his opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

List of dead Kremlin critics grows with Nemtsov murder

Moscow - Boris Nemtsov's name was added to the list of Kremlin opponents who have been killed or died in suspicious circumstances in recent years after the slaying of the prominent opposition leader in central Moscow Friday.

West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe.

Moscow permits march in memory of slain opposition leader

Moscow - Moscow city authorities on Saturday gave permission for opposition leaders to hold a march in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, after they cancelled a planned protest rally.

Nemtsov urged end to Ukraine conflict hours before killing

Moscow - Three hours before his death, Boris Nemtsov gave an interview to a Moscow radio station, condemning President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine and calling for an end to the conflict.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov's murder 'meticulously planned'

Moscow - The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said Saturday, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers' knowledge of his movements.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead near Kremlin

Moscow - Western leaders on Saturday condemned the drive-by shooting of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, as he was walking across a bridge near the Kremlin.

Venezuela's ruling party targets new opposition leader

Caracas - Lawmakers from Venezuela's ruling party said Tuesday they have asked prosecutors to investigate a leading opposition lawmaker for conspiring to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the latest attack on his opponents.

Egypt jails 2011 revolt activist Abdel Fattah for five years

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading dissident in the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, to five years in prison over an illegal protest.

Hundreds march in memory of slain Russian lawyer and journalist

Moscow - Hundreds of Russians marched in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Monday, six years after a lawyer and reporter were murdered by ultra-nationalists.
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