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Gambian opposition says party member dies in custody

Banjul - A member of Gambia's main opposition has died in state custody, the United Democratic Party said Monday, in the second such case in five months.

Wife of jailed Venezuela opposition leader condemns death threat

Caracas - The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said her husband had received a death threat from prison guards.

Man killed as 500,000 protest Guinea government

Conakry - A man was shot dead by police during a demonstration in Guinea that saw at least half a million people protest against alleged government corruption, officials said.

After coup bid, Erdogan seeks to ride national unity wave

Istanbul - One nation. One flag. One homeland. One state.These eight words have been the key slogan of Turkish politics in the last years, strongly favoured by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a symbol of national unity.

Turkey detains dozens over 'Gulen-linked' sex tape scandal

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained at least 36 people over a sex tape scandal that felled the leader of the main opposition party in 2010, linking the affair to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey has chance to end polarisation after coup: Opposition chief

Ankara - The failed coup in Turkey offers a unique chance to end the dangerous levels of polarisation in the country, the main opposition leader told AFP Wednesday.

Suspects in murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov face jury trial

Moscow - Five suspects in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose killing unleashed global condemnation, will face a jury trial in Moscow, a court ruled Tuesday.

Turkey govt to work with opposition on new constitution: PM

Ankara - The Turkish government is ready to work with all the main opposition parties in drafting a new constitution, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday, after months of deadlock on the issue.

Trial opens over murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov

Moscow - A Moscow military court on Monday began an initial closed-door hearing in the trial of the suspects in the shock murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov last year, a lawyer said.

French unity unravels after latest attack

Paris - After jihadists struck Paris in January 2015 politicians marched shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, and following the attack 10 months later they stood together to sing a moving rendition of the "Marseillaise".

Iran calls in French envoy over exiled opposition rally

Tehran - Iran has called in the French ambassador and lodged a formal protest over a rally outside Paris held by an exiled opposition group last weekend, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

Syria opposition warns of Aleppo starvation amid siege fears

Istanbul - Hundreds of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas of Aleppo risk starvation, the head of Syria's main opposition coalition said Tuesday, accusing Damascus of trying to besiege the city into submission.

Russia says 'completed' first probe of Kremlin critic's murder

Moscow - Russian investigators on Monday announced they had completed a first probe into the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, describing the killing as a hit ordered by a low-ranking Chechen official and other "unidentified" suspects.

DR Congo opposition demands Kabila quit by year's end

Genval - Opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo early Friday said they had forged an alliance and demanded that President Joseph Kabila quit when his term expires in December.

Turkish protesters, police clash over threats against opposition chief

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul to protest against threats made to the head of the main opposition party.

Khodorkovsky unveils candidates for Russia parliamentary polls

Moscow - Top Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Wednesday condemned Vladimir Putin's "scorched earth politics" as he presented the candidates he is backing for parliamentary elections in Russia later this year.

Bahrain appeal raises opposition head jail term to nine years

Dubai - A Bahraini appeals court on Monday more than doubled a jail sentence against opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman in a move his bloc warned risked stoking fresh unrest among the kingdom's Shiite majority.

Chief Syrian opposition negotiator resigns over failed peace talks

Birut - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator in stalled UN-brokered peace talks, Mohammed Alloush, announced his resignation Sunday citing the failure of the Geneva negotiations and the continued shelling of rebel-held areas by President Bashar al-Assad's ...

At least one killed in clashes as opposition protests sweep DR Congo

Kinshasa - At least one person was reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma.

DR Congo's opposition defiant despite rising crackdown

Lubumbashi - Tensions are soaring in the Democratic Republic of Congo where veteran President Joseph Kabila is turning up the pressure on an embattled yet defiant opposition ahead of planned protests on Thursday.

Venezuela's angry opposition: What's their game?

Caracas - The political opposition pushing for the removal of Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro has vowed fresh protests this week in the volatile South American state.

Op-Ed: As Venezuela begins to melt down, Maduro blames U.S. for problems

Caracas - It is evident that Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro is going to do anything, including locking the country down, to avoid a recall referendum that would kick him out of office.

Macedonian vote set to be postponed: Opposition leader

Skopje - The opposition leader in crisis-hit Macedonia said Friday he was confident that a general election scheduled for early June would not go ahead, and the Balkan country’s dissolved parliament was likely to reconvene soon.

EU sanctions mooted amid DR Congo crackdown

Kinshasa - Britain warned Friday it may seek EU sanctions over "acts of repression" in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as police clashed with supporters of a key opposition leader accused of hiring foreign mercenaries.

Syrian opposition chief wants 'actions not words' from foreign backers

Paris - Former Syrian prime minister turned key opposition leader Riad Hijab has told AFP in an interview the forces fighting the regime need "actions, not words" from countries that support them.

Serbian opposition cries foul after ballot

Belgrade - Serbian opposition groups on Friday alleged electoral "fraud" at weekend polls after the latest results showed a far-right coalition has been excluded from parliament.

Russian novelist Ulitskaya attacked at awards ceremony: rights group

Moscow - Activists on Thursday attacked prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, schoolchildren and other participants at a prize ceremony organised by rights campaign group Memorial, which exposes Stalin-era repression.

S. African leftist leader threatens violence to oust Zuma

Johanesburg - The firebrand head of South Africa's radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, has warned he could seek to remove the government "through the barrel of a gun.""We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight.

Syria opposition negotiator urges attacks on regime despite truce

Ginebra - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator on Sunday called for renewed attacks on regime forces, despite the shaky truce deal between government troops and rebel fighters.

Syria opposition says willing to govern with regime 'diplomats, technocrats'

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) told AFP Friday it was willing to join a transitional government with diplomats and technocrats from President Bashar al-Assad's government.
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