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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.

Turkey has chance to end polarisation after coup: Opposition chief

Ankara - The failed coup in Turkey offers a unique chance to end the dangerous levels of polarisation in the country, the main opposition leader told AFP Wednesday.

Suspects in murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov face jury trial

Moscow - Five suspects in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose killing unleashed global condemnation, will face a jury trial in Moscow, a court ruled Tuesday.

Turkey govt to work with opposition on new constitution: PM

Ankara - The Turkish government is ready to work with all the main opposition parties in drafting a new constitution, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday, after months of deadlock on the issue.

Trial opens over murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov

Moscow - A Moscow military court on Monday began an initial closed-door hearing in the trial of the suspects in the shock murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov last year, a lawyer said.

French unity unravels after latest attack

Paris - After jihadists struck Paris in January 2015 politicians marched shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, and following the attack 10 months later they stood together to sing a moving rendition of the "Marseillaise".

Iran calls in French envoy over exiled opposition rally

Tehran - Iran has called in the French ambassador and lodged a formal protest over a rally outside Paris held by an exiled opposition group last weekend, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

Syria opposition warns of Aleppo starvation amid siege fears

Istanbul - Hundreds of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas of Aleppo risk starvation, the head of Syria's main opposition coalition said Tuesday, accusing Damascus of trying to besiege the city into submission.
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