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Belarus says protests 'smaller' after third night of crackdown

Minsk - Authorities in Belarus said Wednesday that post-election protests were getting smaller, after police violently put down a third night of demonstrations.

Belarus presidential challenger demands 'honest election'

Minsk - The main opposition candidate challenging Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko demanded a fair election as she cast her ballot in the presidential poll on Sunday.

Tens of thousands in fresh anti-Kremlin rally

Russia - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Russia's Far East for a fifth consecutive weekend as anti-Kremlin rallies showed little sign of dying down on Saturday.

Surprise opposition candidate says Belarus 'waking up'

Minsk - The surprise opposition candidate mounting the most serious challenge in years to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday that her country was waking up, but warned that the strongman planned to rig the vote.

Thousands rally in Belarus capital Minsk despite crackdown

Minsk - Thousands of supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko's election rival on Thursday rallied in the Belarusian capital Minsk despite an increasing crackdown on the opposition.

Trudeau denies conflicts in ethics scandal

Ottawa - In highly-anticipated testimony to Parliament on Thursday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied any conflict of interest in awarding a lucrative government contract to an organization that had previously paid members of his family.

Mass anti-Kremlin rallies grip Russia's Far East

Khabarovsk - Huge anti-government demonstrations erupted in Russia's Far East on Saturday over the arrest of a popular governor who was replaced this week by a Kremlin appointee who has never lived in the fraught region.

Mass anti-Kremlin rallies grip Russia's Far East

Khabarovsk - Huge anti-government demonstrations erupted in Russia's Far East on Saturday over the arrest of a popular governor who was replaced this week by a Kremlin appointee who never lived in the fraught region.

Russia issues travel ban to Kremlin critic Navalny in slander probe

Moscow - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was barred Friday from leaving Moscow as police carried out a new raid on his offices.

Belarus threatens opposition protesters with criminal charges

Minsk - Belarus said Wednesday that protesters could face serious criminal charges after hundreds were arrested at demonstrations over the removal of opposition candidates from the presidential election.

Belarus threatens opposition protesters with criminal charges

Minsk - Belarus said Wednesday that protesters could face serious criminal charges after dozens were arrested at demonstrations over the removal of opposition candidates from the presidential poll.

New Zealand opposition picks 'Crusher' to challenge Ardern

Wellington - New Zealand's opposition has installed a conservative veteran nicknamed "Crusher" as leader as it regroups for the daunting task of trying to oust Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a September general election.

Russian investigators search homes of Kremlin critics

Moscow - Russian investigators on Thursday searched the homes of several Kremlin critics who have urged supporters to protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule, activists said.

Russia's opposition flounders as Putin changes constitution

Moscow - Russia's opposition is denouncing this week's vote on President Vladimir Putin's constitutional reforms as a joke, pointing out that copies of the amended basic law are already on sale in Moscow bookshops.

Armenia MPs strip opposition leader of immunity

Yerevan - Armenian lawmakers on Tuesday stripped the leader of the main opposition party of his parliamentary immunity, hours after police arrested more than 130 people at a protest rally.

At least 35 detained at Moscow opposition protest

Moscow - Russian police arrested more than 30 people in central Moscow on Friday on the second day that peaceful opposition protesters were detained during a city-wide lockdown.

Russian journalist jailed for 15 days, supporters detained

Moscow - Russian authorities on Thursday sentenced prominent reporter and activist Ilya Azar to 15 days in prison and detained several journalists who rallied in his support.

Russian opposition leader urges constitution vote boycott

Moscow - Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Thursday urged Russians to boycott a vote on constitutional changes backed by President Vladimir Putin, slamming plans to hold it during the pandemic.

Kremlin critic Navalny says bank accounts frozen

Moscow - Russia's main opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that authorities had frozen all of his bank accounts and those of his family, including his elderly parents.

US envoy salutes anti-Putin rally in Moscow

Washington - A US envoy on Monday hailed the thousands of Russians who took to the streets to criticize President Vladimir Putin, saying they showed bravery.

Opposition urges 'Russia without Putin' in rally for slain liberal

Moscow - Thousands rallied in central Moscow on Saturday to call on President Vladimir Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced controversial plans to change the constitution...

Iran dissidents urge vote boycott as leaders eye high turnout

Paris - Opponents of Iran's theocratic leadership are urging an outright boycott of its parliamentary elections, arguing that it is anything but democratic and that casting a ballot serves only to bolster the country's Islamic rulers.

Russian opposition wrong-footed by Putin reform push

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's quick-fire push to overhaul Russia's political system has caught the country's opposition off guard, with critics in disarray about how to respond.

Russian activists take aim at Putin in march against repression

Moscow - More than a thousand opposition activists of various stripes marched in central Moscow on Sunday after President Vladimir Putin proposed re-drafting the constitution, unleashing political upheaval.

Russia raids offices of Kremlin critic Navalny

Moscow - Russian security officials searched the offices of leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption foundation on Thursday, with his team calling the raid a new bid to disrupt their work.

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday detained top opposition leader Alexei Navalny as they conducted fresh searches at his Moscow-based anti-corruption foundation, a spokeswoman said.

Anti-Putin activist 'forcibly drafted' and sent to Arctic base

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Wednesday that one of his allies had been forcibly conscripted and sent to serve at a remote Arctic base, in a move his supporters said amounted to kidnapping.

Georgia opposition vows 'permanent protests' after police crackdown

Tbili - Georgia opposition parties on Tuesday vowed "permanent protests" in a rare show of unity against the country's ruling party after police arrested protesters and used water cannon to disperse an anti-government rally.

Georgian police use water cannon on protesters

Tbili - Police in Georgia on Tuesday arrested protesters and used water cannon to disperse demonstrators who pressed ahead with anti-government rallies despite a new police crackdown.

Defiant Georgia opposition stages fresh protest despite crackdown

Tbili - Up to 20,000 opposition supporters rallied in Georgia on Monday, stepping up pressure on the increasingly unpopular ruling party, despite a police crackdown last week and the arrest of protesters.
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