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Venezuelan opposition 'skeptical' of vote observers

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition said Wednesday it is "deeply skeptical" of the objectivity of election observers for high-stakes legislative polls next month.

Cambodia police 'will arrest' opposition chief on his return

Phnom Penh - Cambodian police vowed to arrest opposition leader Sam Rainsy if he returns to the kingdom as planned on Monday night, in a move condemned as a political attack by the country's strongman prime minister on his main rival.

Vienna plan 'unrealistic,' Syrian opposition warns

Birut - Syrian opposition members said Sunday an ambitious plan by world powers for a political transition in their war-ravaged country was unrealistic, though some reacted with cautious optimism.

Turkey opposition dazed after Erdogan poll knockout

Ankara - The stunning victory of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party in legislative elections has plunged the Turkish opposition into disarray, leaving it fighting simmering rebellions and baffled over how to challenge the strongman leader.

Thousands protest in Haiti over 'electoral coup'

Port-au-prince - Thousands of people aligned with the political opposition demonstrated in the Haitian capital on Wednesday against President Michel Martelly, accusing him of orchestrating an "electoral coup d'etat.

Maduro must go by 2016, says Venezuelan opposition leader

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition is seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro by mid-2016, jailed dissident Leopoldo Lopez said Tuesday as the country headed toward legislative elections that the ruling socialists risk losing.

No result, but Suu Kyi fans sure win is in their grasp

A sea of red flooded the streets around Aung San Suu Kyi's party headquarters in Yangon late Sunday, as supporters erupted in cheers while watching the trickle of results from Myanmar's landmark elections on a big screen.

Turkish police raid business group tied to Erdogan rival

Ankara - Turkish police on Friday raided the offices of a major business group linked to a US-based cleric who is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's archfoe, local media reported.

Myanmar opposition candidate wounded in sword attack at rally

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition called for calm Friday after a party MP was wounded by a sword-wielding attacker while canvassing in Yangon, as tensions rise in the days ahead of key elections in Myanmar.

Belarus opposition holds rare rally

Minsk - Scores of people gathered in Minsk Thursday to commemorate victims of Stalin-era repressions, a rare event organised by the opposition which would usually face a tough police response.

Georgia launches probe into 'coup plot'

Tbili - Georgia said Saturday it had launched a probe into controversial media reports suggesting that exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili was plotting a coup to overthrow the authorities.

Venezuela opposition figure arrested on return from exile

Maracaibo - Venezuelan opposition politician Manuel Rosales, who fled into exile after authorities charged him with corruption in 2009, was arrested Thursday as he returned ahead of key legislative elections.

Portugal socialists tell investors they are 'not Syriza'

Lisbon - Portugal's Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa in a bid to reassure investors told AFP Tuesday that a left-wing government would respect trade commitments and would avoid any new crises in the eurozone.

Jailed Kremlin critic goes on hunger strike

Moscow - Jailed Russian protest leader Sergei Udaltsov has begun a hunger strike to protest his solitary confinement in the prison camp where he is being held for allegedly inciting unrest at anti-Kremlin protests, his wife said Monday.

Belarus opposition struggles to get heard in presidential vote

Minsk - In Minsk, street posters, television ads and even automated text messages exhort Belarussians to vote in Sunday's presidential polls.Who to vote for is barely mentioned.

EU set to suspend sanctions against Belarus's Lukashenko

Brussels - The EU is ready to suspend sanctions against Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko after he released the country's last political prisoners, European sources told AFP Friday, two days ahead of elections in Belarus.

Tajikistan arrests 23 leaders of banned opposition party

Dushanbe - Ex-Soviet Tajikistan announced Tuesday it had arrested 23 leaders of the beleaguered Islamic opposition party the volatile Central Asian state has banned and branded a terrorist organisation.

Russia strike kills 36 civilians: Syria opposition chief

New York - A Russian air strike Wednesday killed 36 civilians, the head of Syria's main opposition group told AFP, as he accused Moscow of seeking to strengthen the regime.

'Change is possible': Thousands join Moscow opposition protest

Moscow - Thousands of people poured onto Moscow's streets Sunday for the first authorised opposition protest in a year-and-a-half, with Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny telling the crowds: "Change is possible.

Georgia jails top opposition leader for four and a half years

Tbili - A court in ex-Soviet Georgia sentenced a top opposition leader to four and a half years in jail for misspending public funds, a charge he denounced as trumped-up and politically motivated.

Georgia court frees opposition leader from 'illegal' detention

Tbili - A court in ex-Soviet Georgia on Thursday ordered a top opposition leader detained on graft charges to be released from jail after his 14-month pre-trial detention was declared unconstitutional.

Georgia opposition leader's detention illegal: Court

Tbili - Ex-Soviet Georgia's constitutional court on Wednesday ruled that a top opposition leader detained on graft charges is being illegally kept in prison.

Main DR Congo opposition party walks out of talks

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition says it has broken off talks with President Joseph Kabila ahead of elections.

Belarus opposition leader detained on return from exile

Minsk - A prominent opposition leader who ran against authoritarian Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko in a 2010 poll was briefly detained Tuesday on returning from self-imposed exile.

Tajikistan's Islamic opposition party faces ban amid crackdown

Dushanbe - Tajikistan on Friday demanded that the country's largest opposition party halt its "illegal activities" in a move widely seen as an effective ban on the group.

Organiser of liberal Russian MP's murder jailed for 17 years

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court on Friday sentenced the organiser of the 1998 killing of prominent opposition politician Galina Starovoitova to 17 years in prison.

Freed Belarus opposition leader unbroken after 'slow murder' in jail

Minsk - Jailed for daring to stand against authoritarian Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko in 2010 elections, Mikola Statkevich walked free this month after five years behind bars, most of it in solitary confinement.

Belarus leader frees jailed opposition to appease West

Minsk - Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has released six opposition leaders, including a former presidential rival, less than two months before presidential elections in a move hailed Sunday by the European Union.

Belarus leader frees jailed opposition to appease West

Minsk - Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has released six opposition leaders, including a former presidential rival, less than two months before presidential elections in a move hailed Sunday by the European Union.

Daughter of slain Kremlin critic Nemtsov wants Chechen leader grilled

Moscow - The daughter of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Netmsov has filed a complaint over investigators' refusal to question Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov over her father's murder, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
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