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At least one killed in clashes as opposition protests sweep DR Congo

Kinshasa - At least one person was reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma.

DR Congo's opposition defiant despite rising crackdown

Lubumbashi - Tensions are soaring in the Democratic Republic of Congo where veteran President Joseph Kabila is turning up the pressure on an embattled yet defiant opposition ahead of planned protests on Thursday.

Venezuela's angry opposition: What's their game?

Caracas - The political opposition pushing for the removal of Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro has vowed fresh protests this week in the volatile South American state.

Op-Ed: As Venezuela begins to melt down, Maduro blames U.S. for problems

Caracas - It is evident that Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro is going to do anything, including locking the country down, to avoid a recall referendum that would kick him out of office.

Macedonian vote set to be postponed: Opposition leader

Skopje - The opposition leader in crisis-hit Macedonia said Friday he was confident that a general election scheduled for early June would not go ahead, and the Balkan country’s dissolved parliament was likely to reconvene soon.

EU sanctions mooted amid DR Congo crackdown

Kinshasa - Britain warned Friday it may seek EU sanctions over "acts of repression" in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as police clashed with supporters of a key opposition leader accused of hiring foreign mercenaries.

Syrian opposition chief wants 'actions not words' from foreign backers

Paris - Former Syrian prime minister turned key opposition leader Riad Hijab has told AFP in an interview the forces fighting the regime need "actions, not words" from countries that support them.

Serbian opposition cries foul after ballot

Belgrade - Serbian opposition groups on Friday alleged electoral "fraud" at weekend polls after the latest results showed a far-right coalition has been excluded from parliament.

Russian novelist Ulitskaya attacked at awards ceremony: rights group

Moscow - Activists on Thursday attacked prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, schoolchildren and other participants at a prize ceremony organised by rights campaign group Memorial, which exposes Stalin-era repression.

S. African leftist leader threatens violence to oust Zuma

Johanesburg - The firebrand head of South Africa's radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, has warned he could seek to remove the government "through the barrel of a gun.""We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight.

Syria opposition negotiator urges attacks on regime despite truce

Ginebra - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator on Sunday called for renewed attacks on regime forces, despite the shaky truce deal between government troops and rebel fighters.

Syria opposition says willing to govern with regime 'diplomats, technocrats'

Ginebra - Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) told AFP Friday it was willing to join a transitional government with diplomats and technocrats from President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Syria ceasefire 'about to collapse': Opposition

Paris - The ceasefire in Syria "is about to collapse," an official from the opposition said in an interview published Sunday, just days before the resumption of peace talks in Geneva.

Syria opposition sees U.S. 'ambiguity' on Assad future

Paris - A Syrian opposition figure on Sunday criticised perceived "American ambiguity" on the future of President Bashar al-Assad and urged Washington to confirm he will not be "rehabilitated" in a future government.

Syria opposition rejects unity govt that includes Assad regime

Birut - Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee on Wednesday flatly rejected a demand from President Bashar al-Assad for any transitional government to include his regime."International resolutions speak of...

Rousseff government is 'finished': Brazil opposition leader

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Roussef's government is "finished," a key opposition leader said Tuesday as the leftist leader faced the exit of her coalition partner.

Congo opposition urges peaceful protest of president re-election

Brazzaville - Five defeated opposition candidates in Congo's recent presidential poll called on their countrymen to challenge the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso through "peaceful" and legal actions, according to a statement confirmed by AFP.

Georgia rocked by sex video scandal ahead of polls

Tbili - A political scandal has rocked pro-Western Georgia after a sex video of an opposition party member was posted online and other politicians received similar threats, just months before parliamentary polls.

Two Syria opposition leaders arrive in Geneva for talks

Ginebra - Two leaders from the Syrian opposition delegation arrived in Geneva on Saturday ahead of peace talks due to resume next week, AFP correspondents reported.

Regime will wait only 24 hours for opposition in Geneva: Syria FM

Damascus - The Syrian government delegation to shaky peace talks in Geneva will wait no more than 24 hours for the opposition delegation to arrive, the country's foreign minister said on Saturday."Our delegation will leave for Geneva tomorrow....

Syria opposition says to join Geneva peace talks on March 14

Birut - Syria's main opposition body, the High Negotiations Committee, said Friday that it would attend indirect peace talks with the government in Geneva on March 14.

Venezuela opposition vows 'all means' to oust Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition called Tuesday for the "largest movement that has ever existed" to oust President Nicolas Maduro, vowing to pursue all means to force him from power, including a referendum and protests.

One year on, Russian marchers honour slain Kremlin critic

Moscow - Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Saturday in memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin a year ago in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Year after murder, Russian opposition pays respects to Nemtsov

Moscow - Thousands of Russians prepared Saturday to honour the memory of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin a year ago in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Nearly 100 rebel factions have agreed to Syria ceasefire

Birut - Nearly 100 rebel factions in Syria agreed Friday to abide by a Russian-US ceasefire for two weeks, hours before it was due to come into force, the country's top opposition grouping said.

Russian opposition leader Navalny hit by cake attack

Moscow - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Thursday said attackers threw two cakes in his face in Moscow, adding that the assault was linked to the Kremlin.

Nemtsov allies seek murder masterminds a year after shooting

Moscow - A small group of volunteers arranges flowers at the makeshift shrine on a bridge just metres from the Kremlin where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down a year ago.

Syria opposition says to respect ceasefire 'for two weeks'

Birut - Syria's main opposition grouping said Wednesday it would respect a provisional ceasefire in Syria "for two weeks", ahead of the proposed start of the truce this weekend.

Russian opposition slam Chechen strongman as 'national security threat'

Moscow - A ruthless and corrupt leader with his own private army who has carved out de facto independence for his restive region: Russia's opposition on Tuesday lashed out at Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov in a new report.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

Moscow - A Russian court has thrown out a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin filed by top opposition leader Alexei Navalny over alleged graft, saying the Kremlin chief was effectively untouchable.
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