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Ally of Russian opposition leader Navalny held, faces jail

Moscow - A close ally of Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained Tuesday over last year's opposition rally and faces up to 30 days in jail, he and associates said.

Dozens detained at Saint Petersburg opposition rally

Sanktpeterburg - Police in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday broke up a sanctioned May Day opposition rally and detained more than 60 people after protesters chanted slogans critical of President Vladimir Putin, a monitor said.

Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for hardworking Japanese

Apo - For the Emperor's abdication on April 30, Japanese workers are enjoying an unprecedented 10-day holiday as a rash of special days off combine with the traditional "Golden Week" in May.

Ugandan police detain dissident pop star turned MP Bobi Wine

Kanpala - Ugandan police on Monday detained Bobi Wine, a pop star turned MP who became a high-profile government critic, after shutting down one of his concerts and firing tear gas at his fans.

Turkish police hold ruling party member, five others after opposition chief attack

Istanbul - Turkish police on Monday were holding six people, including a member of the ruling AKP party, after a mob attack on opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu that sparked widespread criticism.

South Sudan opposition urges delay to unity government

Juba - South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not ready to return to Juba and wants to postpone the formation of a unity government until security issues are resolved, an official from his party said Wednesday.

Sudan's disparate opposition comes together post Bashir

Apo - After decades of intense divisions, Sudan's political opposition united recently to form a powerful three-pronged bloc that became part of the protest wave which ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir last week.

Sudan's disparate opposition comes together post Bashir

Apo - After decades of intense divisions, Sudan's political opposition united recently to form a powerful three-pronged bloc that became part of the protest wave which ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir last week.

Rising Turkish political star pulls off Istanbul upset

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party appeared so sure of winning Istanbul in Sunday's election that posters of its candidate thanking the city were plastered on walls early Monday.

Venezuela: Maduro regime strips Guaido of public office

Caracas - Venezuela's auditor general's office announced Thursday it has stripped opposition leader and speaker of congress Juan Guaido of the right to hold public office for 15 years.

Comoros police teargas opposition ahead of results

Moroni - Police fired teargas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse more than 100 opposition supporters as Comoros awaited the results of elections President Azali Assoumani is tipped to win, AFP correspondents saw.

Maduro accuses US of financing mercenary 'plot' against him

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday accused the United States of using frozen Venezuelan funds to bankroll mercenaries to assassinate him in a "plot" he said was directed by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

US slaps sanctions on Venezuelan bank

Washington - The United States on Friday slapped sanctions on a key Venezuelan bank, BANDES and four affiliates over their support for President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela arrests Guaido aide for 'terrorism' in defiance of US

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime defied the US on Thursday to arrest a top aide of opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as the crisis-hit country's interim leader.

Chief of staff to Venezuela's Guaido arrested

Caracas - Venezuelan intelligence officers Thursday arrested the chief of staff of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader recognized by the US and other countries as interim leader, Guaido and the opposition-ruled congress said on Twitter.

Sudan opposition leader held in protest crackdown freed: party

Khartoum - Sudanese authorities have released a senior opposition leader who had been detained since December in connection with demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir's rule, his party said on Tuesday.

Turkey sentences ex-opposition MP to four years in jail

Ankara - A Turkish former opposition lawmaker was sentenced to four years and two months in jail on Friday for allegedly helping a group blamed for the 2016 failed coup, local media reported.

Russians march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Nemtsov

Moscow - Several thousand Russians took part in a march in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Sunday, four years after he was gunned down in the Russian capital.

Sudan opposition to keep up protests despite emergency

Khartoum - Sudan's main opposition party on Saturday dismissed President Omar al-Bashir's declaration of a state of emergency, saying protesters would keep up their campaign until his three-decade rule was ended.

Main challengers to Netanyahu announce alliance for Israeli polls

Jerusalem - The two main challengers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an April poll announced an electoral alliance on Thursday in a bid to defeat him.

Cameroon opposition leader charged with 'rebellion'

Douala - Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with "rebellion" and "insurrection", one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

US slams repression in Zimbabwe

Washington - The United States Tuesday slammed police repression in Zimbabwe, weeks after security forces crushed protests there.Washington also urged all parties to take part in the national dialogue that opposition forces have sat out.

Zimbabwe opposition leader snubs Mnangagwa dialogue call

Harare - Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa snubbed an invitation by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to join a national summit on Wednesday, just weeks after security forces crushed protests over the worsening economy.

White House warns against 'harm' to Venezuela's Guaido

Washington - US President Donald Trump's national security advisor warned Tuesday of "serious consequences" if any harm comes to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Sudan opposition head backs protesters' call for Bashir to go

Khartoum - Sudan's main opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi on Friday called for President Omar al-Bashir to step down, throwing his support behind anti-government demonstrators after weeks of deadly protest.

US vice president to Venezuelan opposition: 'We are with you'

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence issued a rallying cry Tuesday to Venezuela's opposition on the eve of planned protest marches, calling President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator.

Syria opposition urges Arab states not to mend ties with Assad

Apo - Syria's opposition chief on Sunday urged Arab leaders not to rebuild relations with President Bashar al-Assad's government, voicing frustration amid apparent efforts to bring the Damascus regime back into the Arab fold.

Opposition boycotts swearing-in of new Bangladesh MPs

Dhaka - Opposition MPs on Thursday boycotted the swearing-in of the new Bangladesh parliament after a controversial election that was dogged by allegations of intimidation and fraud.

Israel opposition in dramatic split ahead of election

Jerusalem - Israel's centre-left opposition dramatically split on Tuesday ahead of an April 9 election, with leader Avi Gabbay announcing he would no longer partner with veteran politician Tzipi Livni as she sat stone-faced next to him.

Bangladesh poll landslide raises democracy fears: analysts

Dhaka - A crushing victory for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an election overshadowed by allegations it was fixed raises fears about the future of democracy in Bangladesh, analysts say.
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