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Syria opposition vows no return to talks 'until humanitarian demands met'

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition group will not return to peace talks until its humanitarian demands are met, chief coordinator Riad Hijab said Wednesday after the UN suspended negotiations in Switzerland until February 25.

Russia opposition demands Chechen leader probe over 'sniper' video

Moscow - A Russian opposition party on Wednesday demanded a formal investigation into Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov after he posted a video of its leader in the cross hairs of a sniper scope.

Syria opposition cancels Tuesday meeting with UN envoy

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition group said Tuesday that it will not attend a planned afternoon meeting with the UN special envoy, adding further doubts about the prospects for peace talks in Switzerland.

Syria opposition puts off peace talks decision until Friday

Riyadh - Syrian opposition members meeting in Riyadh have postponed until Friday a decision on whether to attend peace talks due to start in Geneva the same day, delegates said.

Syria opposition resume Riyadh meeting on peace talks

Riyadh - An important component of Syria's opposition resumed discussions in the Saudi capital on Wednesday to decide whether to join peace talks in Geneva.

U.S. piles pressure on Syria opposition to attend talks

Birut - Syria's leading opposition coalition is to decide Tuesday whether to attend peace talks in Geneva, following a tense meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, a member told AFP on Monday.

Chechnya holds mass rally in support of pro-Kremlin leader

Grozny - Tens of thousands of people on Friday staged a state-sponsored rally in the Chechen capital Grozny in support of strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, days after he caused a furore by vowing to destroy critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Syria opposition names Saudi-backed Islamist top negotiator

Riyadh - Syria's largest opposition coalition on Wednesday named an Islamist rebel chief backed by Riyadh as its chief negotiator for peace talks slated to open on January 25 in Geneva.

Chechnya leader calls for war on Putin's critics

Moscow - The strongman leader of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, on Tuesday threatened to eradicate "enemy" opposition in Russia, raising more concerns about the fate of Kremlin critics and independent media in the country.

Turkey's opposition leader reelected despite poll defeat

Ankara - The head of Turkey's main opposition party was reelected to the post despite a bruising defeat by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party in November elections.

Venezuela sinks deeper into messy political crisis

Caracas - Venezuela sank deeper into a messy political crisis as the opposition-controlled National Assembly suspended its session after the Supreme Court declared it null and void.

Venezuelan opposition in showdown with high court

Caracas - Venezuela headed into ever murkier political waters Monday as the Supreme Court declared the newly opposition-controlled legislature null and void and the opposition vowed to continue defying the judges.

Secular Syrian alliance demands seat at peace talks table

Ginebra - A recently formed secular Kurdish-Arab alliance demanded Sunday that the United Nations give it a seat at the table in upcoming Syria peace talks in Geneva.

Crowds flood Algeria independence figure's hometown for burial

Alger - Tens of thousands gathered in an Algerian village Friday for the burial of Hocine Ait-Ahmed, one of the fathers of the country's struggle for independence and a key opposition figure.Ait-Ahmed died last week in Switzerland aged 89.

Syria releases opposition figures held on way to Riyadh meeting: party

Damascus - Syrian authorities have released two prominent members of the domestic opposition who were arrested on Wednesday as they travelled to Riyadh to meet other regime opponents, their party said.

Chechen man sought in murder of Russian opposition chief Nemtsov

Moscow - A panel probing the murder in February of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday identified a Russian of Chechen origin, Ruslan Mukhudinov, as being a lead figure in the killing.

Russia issues arrest warrant for Kremlin foe Khodorkovsky

Moscow - Russia said on Wednesday it had issued an international arrest warrant for top opposition leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as Moscow ramped up the pressure on a leading critic of President Vladimir Putin.

Venezuela leftists challenge election of 22 opposition lawmakers

Caracas - The leftist party of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Tuesday challenged the election of 22 opposition lawmakers in this month's landmark polls, according to opposition leaders who slammed a "procedural coup.

Russia raids homes of Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky's staff

Moscow - Russian investigators on Tuesday raided the apartments of employees of Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Open Russia group, less than two weeks after Moscow charged the former tycoon with murder.

Jailed Venezuela opponent says Maduro's exit should be priority

Caracas - Ousting President Nicolas Maduro should be a priority of Venezuela's new legislature that meets in January, jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said in an interview out Sunday.

Riyadh-based Syria grouping says no direct Assad talks

Riyadh - A Riyadh-based Syrian opposition grouping preparing for possible talks with the Damascus regime said Friday it will not talk to President Bashar al-Assad himself.

Russia detains over 30 protesters marking Constitution Day: Activists

Moscow - Russian police on Saturday detained over 30 activists, including the leader of a liberal party and several other prominent figures who marked Constitution Day with protests in Moscow over rights abuses.

Nusra chief rejects outcome of Riyadh meet on Syria: Report

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday rejected the outcome of a Saudi-hosted conference of Syrian opposition figures which agreed to negotiate with the Damascus regime, branding it a "plot"."It is a plot, not a conference. Such...

Syria opposition says ready for talks but Assad must go

Riyadh - Syria's main opposition groups agreed at unprecedented talks Thursday to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad's regime but insisted he step down at the start of any political transition.

Key Syria rebel group quits opposition talks

Riyadh - One of Syria's main rebel groups, Ahrar al-Sham, on Thursday pulled out of opposition talks aimed at forging a united front ahead of potential discussions with President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syria's divided opposition in unity talks in Saudi

Riyadh - Representatives from Syria's fragmented opposition began an unprecedented meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, seeking a united front for potential talks with President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syrian opposition in Riyadh for difficult unity talks

Riyadh - Syria's splintered opposition gathers in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a difficult bid to unify ahead of potential peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad.

Thousands protest in Armenia after disputed referendum

Yerevan - Some 4,000 people rallied in Armenia's capital Yerevan on Monday to protest against constitutional reforms to curb presidential powers adopted in a controversial referendum."Take to the streets, be part of a revolution!

Armenia holds referendum on divisive constitutional reforms

Yerevan - Armenians on Sunday voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms which the opposition claims are aimed at keeping the ex-Soviet nation's President Serzh Sarkisian in power.

Georgia revokes ex-president Saakashvili's citizenship

Tbili - Georgia on Friday stripped former leader and reformer Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship as he had acquired a Ukrainian passport to serve as governor of the strategic Odessa region.
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