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Syrian political opposition says it supports Astana talks

Riyadh - Syria's mainstream political opposition said Saturday it supports planned peace talks sponsored by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital later this month.

Kenya opposition forms 'super alliance' to unseat Kenyatta

Nairobi - Kenya's main opposition leaders on Wednesday announced the formation of a super alliance in a bid to unseat incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in August elections.

DR Congo opposition leader urges citizens to reject Kabila

Brussels - Congolese opposition head Etienne Tshisekedi called on citizens and foreign countries to "no longer recognise" Joseph Kabila as president, in a video released as the long-serving leader appeared set to remain in office on despite his mandate expiring.

Putin foe Navalny announces 2018 Kremlin bid

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday announced he would run for president in 2018 after a court victory allowed the outspoken Kremlin critic to be a candidate.

Bahrain upholds jail sentence for opposition chief

Dibai - Bahrain's appeals court on Monday upheld a nine-year jail sentence against opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, a judicial source said, the latest move in a crackdown on the Shiite majority.

Bahrain upholds jail sentence for opposition chief

Dibai - Bahrain's appeals court on Monday upheld a nine-year jail sentence against opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, a judicial source said, the latest move in a crackdown on the Shiite majority.

Bahrain upholds jail sentence for opposition chief

Dibai - Bahrain's appeals court on Monday upheld a nine-year jail sentence against opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, a judicial source said, the latest move in a crackdown on the Shiite majority.

Cuban dissidents fear repression after Castro death

Havana - While Cuban-Americans partied in the streets of Miami after Fidel Castro died, dissidents in Cuba stayed home, fearing more repression though some hope his brother Raul will enact reforms.

Jailed Kosovo activist committed suicide: prosecutor

Pristina - An autopsy on the body of a Kosovo opposition activist who died in prison found that he committed suicide, authorities in the Balkan nation said, after his death drew protesters onto the streets.

Syrian opposition urges Trump to protect civilians

Birut - Syria's main opposition group has urged US president-elect Donald Trump to protect civilians and help end the bloodshed in the country, devastated by five years of war.

Nobel winner Alexievich urges release of Russia activist

Minsk - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, last year's Nobel Literature Prize winner, has signed a petition for the release of a Russian activist who says he has been tortured and threatened in prison.

Impossible to refuse jihadist help in Aleppo: Syria opposition

Geneva - People stuck in war-ravaged Aleppo do not have the luxury of refusing help from jihadists, a high-level member of Syria's main opposition said, lashing out at international "inaction" in breaking the siege.

Jailed Russian activist says was beaten, threatened

Moscow - A Russian activist jailed for staging solo anti-government protests claimed in a letter published Tuesday that he was beaten and threatened with rape and murder in prison.

Bahrain court overturns jail term of opposition chief

Dubai - A top court in Bahrain on Monday overturned a nine-year jail term against Shiite opposition chief cleric Ali Salman, convicted of inciting hatred and calling for forceful regime change.

Gambia opposition to field single presidential candidate

Banjul - The Gambia's opposition parties announced Friday they would unite around a single candidate for December's presidential election, in an unusual show of unity as President Yahya Jammeh seeks a fifth term in power.

Ivorian opposition calls for constitution vote boycott

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's main opposition coalition called Friday on voters to boycott a referendum on the adoption of a new constitution that changes contentious rules on presidential eligibility.

Zambian opposition leader arrested

Lusaka - Zambia's opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema was arrested Wednesday on charges of sedition and unlawful assembly, police said.

Turkey opposition leader blasts Erdogan's 'counter coup'

Istanbul - Turkey's main opposition party leader on Friday accused the government of seeking to capitalise on the July 15 coup to stifle dissent, and vowed to oppose moves to extend a three-month state of emergency.

Syria political deal not viable: opposition official

Birut - Escalating violence in Syria, particularly against rebel-held Aleppo city, means a political solution to the conflict is "no longer a viable option," an opposition official said Wednesday.

Deadly clashes in DR Congo for second day

Kinshasa - Several people died in a second day of violence in DR Congo Tuesday, with three opposition HQ buildings torched in clashes between police and opponents of President Joseph Kabila.

Bitter Syrian opposition says world ignoring plight

New York - Leaders of Syria's embattled opposition reacted with bitter scorn Monday, accusing the world of ignoring their people's plight as a week-long truce in their country's civil war collapsed.

Khodorkovsky seeks 'Putin alternative' for 2018 Russia vote

Moscow - Former oil tycoon and Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Monday unveiled his campaign to find an alternative to Vladimir Putin ahead of 2018 presidential polls, but insisted that he will not run.

Token opposition enters Belarus parliament in first since 2008

Minsk - Two opposition candidates have been elected to parliament in ex-Soviet Belarus, the first time since 2008 that critics of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko have made it into the rubber-stamp legislature.

Gabon post-election turmoil escalates with court bid for recount

Libreville - Gabon's Jean Ping took his bid to have a wafer-thin presidential election loss overturned to the country's top court, as President Ali Bongo blamed the opposition leader for creating a climate of violence.

Guinea president, opposition meet after anti-govt protests

Conakry - Guinea's President Alpha Conde and opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo met for talks, two weeks after violent protests over alleged government corruption swept the capital.

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.
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