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Millions back Suu Kyi call for Myanmar charter change

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of political strength ahead of elections next year.
In the Media by Kelly Macnamara (AFP)

Kremlin snuffs out last avenues of dissent for Putin foes

Moscow - House raids, bugging devices, threats, violence and demeaning posters are just a few things Vladimir Putin's critics have faced while trying to run for city parliament in the Russian capital.
In the Media by Maria Antonova (AFP)

Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader

Istanbul - The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.
In the Media by AFP

Kuwait leaders huddle ahead of opposition rally

- Kuwait's emir consulted with his crown prince and prime minister after four nights of clashes over the arrest of a prominent opposition leader ahead of a mass rally later Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Myanmar opposition youth seek louder voice

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference Saturday dedicated to its youth wing.
In the Media by Hla Hla Htay (AFP)

Kuwait police fire teargas to break up opposition demo

- Kuwaiti police fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse an opposition rally demanding the release of prominent dissident Mussallam al-Barrak, activists said on Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Ihsanoglu: Devout intellectual hoping to de-throne Turkey leader

Ankara - The softly spoken, bespectacled intellectual hoping to defeat Turkey's powerful premier in the country's first direct presidential election faces a steep uphill struggle.
In the Media by Burak AKINCI (AFP)

Dumb in the Duma? Shock in Russia over lawmakers' 'absurd' bills

Moscow - If Russian lawmakers have their way, smoking for women under 40 will soon be banned, advertisement for condoms and pregnancy tests will be banished from the pages of mainstream media and using foreign words will result in a steep fine.
In the Media by Anna Smolchenko (AFP)

U.S., EU welcome release of top Belarus activist

Minsk - The European Union and the United States have welcomed the unexpected release of prominent Belarus rights activist Ales Belyatsky, while urging the government to free other political prisoners as well.
In the Media by Valery Kalinovsky (AFP)

Obama advisor hints at 'lethal' aid to Syrian opposition

Surrain - President Barack Obama's top foreign policy advisor Susan Rice on Friday said Washington was providing "lethal and non-lethal" support to select members of the Syrian opposition, offering more detail than usual on US assistance.
In the Media by AFP

Abkhazia leader forced to flee, denounces coup bid

Sukhum - Opposition protesters stormed the presidency in Abkhazia overnight in what the leader of the Georgian breakaway region called a coup attempt, Russian news agencies said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

French opposition boss quits over Sarkozy funding scandal

Paris - The leader of France's embattled centre-right opposition quit following claims that invoices for former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign were fraudulently billed as party expenses.
In the Media by Abhik Chanda (AFP)

Venezuela to bring complaint against U.S. at UN

Caracas - Venezuela vowed Sunday to accuse the United States of meddling in its political crisis at the United Nations and other international organizations.
In the Media by AFP

Venezuela hopes for opposition talks with foreign help

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he hopes to talk with the opposition after their leaders meet Sunday with visiting South American foreign ministers.
In the Media by Valeria Pacheco (AFP)

Obama meets Syrian opposition leader

Washington - President Barack Obama met Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in a show of support for moderate, embattled foes of President Bashar al-Assad.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP)

The somber and not so happy history of Mother's Day

Mother's Day will turn 100 years old this Sunday, May 11, 2014. Set aside as a day to honor mothers, the maternal bond and the influence that mothers have in our lives, this day is celebrated worldwide, usually from April to May, in other countries.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

Boehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

After more than 55 failed attempts by the House, Speaker John Boehner finally conceded that Obamacare is here to stay. Boehner’s admission comes only three weeks after he vowed the House would continue to try to repeal the law.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson - 1 comment

Putin enemy escapes immediate threat of jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny escaped Thursday the imminent threat of jail when a court extended his arrest, but did not put the top critic of President Vladimir Putin in pre-trial detention.
In the Media by Anna Smolchenko , Anais Llobet (AFP)

Putin foe faces threat of jail in new trial

Moscow - Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial Thursday in a major case that his supporters fear will end in a lengthy jail sentence for President Vladimir Putin's top critic.
In the Media by Anna Smolchenko (AFP) - 1 comment

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

Yangon - Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.
In the Media by Kelly MACNAMARA (AFP)

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies

- Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday aged 84 after striving for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship.
In the Media by Hla Hla Htay (AFP)

Russia warns against re-posting opposition blogger

Moscow - Russian prosecutors have warned against sharing online any information from protest leader and blogger Alexei Navalny, who is under house arrest and banned from using the Internet, his supporters said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Obama, Saudis 'to discuss boosting moderate Syria opposition'

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama, who arrived in Riyadh Friday, will discuss with Saudi officials ways to "best empower" Syria's moderate opposition, including militarily, a senior White House official said.
In the Media by AFP

Syria opposition calls for 'sophisticated' arms

Al Kuwait - Syria's opposition chief urged Arab leaders Tuesday to pressure the international community to supply rebels with "sophisticated" weapons that would tip the balance of power on the ground.Addressing the Arab summit in Kuwait, National Coalition chief A...
In the Media by AFP

Russia TV accuses Navalny of CIA contacts, taking foreign money

Moscow - A pro-Kremlin channel has aired a sensationalist report based on bugged phone calls and eavesdropped hotel meetings, accusing Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny of taking money from abroad and having contacts with the CIA.The report was broadcast by...
In the Media by AFP

Malaysia's Anwar 'disgusted' by missing plane speculation

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim condemned on Tuesday speculation that the captain of a missing Malaysian airliner -- a member of Anwar's party -- may have been driven by political motives to sabotage the plane.Describing Captain Zaharie Ahmad...
In the Media by AFP

Protesters in fresh clashes with Venezuelan police

Caracas - Dozens of hardcore protesters in Caracas threw rocks and lobbed firebombs at riot police who retaliated with tear gas, after Venezuela's opposition upped the ante on President Nicolas Maduro.At least three people were detained in the clashes in a middl...
In the Media by AFP

Venezuela's opposition calls new protests

Caracas - Leaders of Venezuela's opposition movement on Monday announced plans for more street demonstrations, a month after protests began over economic insecurity and political repression.Followers of imprisoned opposition activist Leopoldo Lopez said a Tuesda...
In the Media by AFP

Russia puts protest leader Navalny under house arrest

Moscow - A Moscow court on Friday ordered Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest and banned from using the Internet, a move he said was aimed at thwarting his fight against top-level corruption.The order came after a request from ...
In the Media by Stuart WILLIAMS (AFP)

Dozens detained over Russian opposition TV protest

Moscow - Police in Moscow on Saturday said they had detained around 40 demonstrators protesting apparent pressure from authorities to silence Russia's top opposition broadcaster.
In the Media by AFP
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