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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.

Uganda's popstar MP 'hiding' from police after raid: lawyer

Kanpala - Ugandan popstar turned opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine is in hiding after police raided a hotel he was staying in ahead of a concert, his lawyer said Sunday.

Russia jails elderly activist for protest call

Moscow - A Moscow court on Wednesday sentenced a 77-year-old rights activist to 25 days in jail for calling for protests against a growing crackdown on young people.

Russian opposition chief Navalny goes to EU after ban

Moscow - Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday was allowed to leave Russia, a day after border guards prevented him from flying out of Moscow for a European court ruling."He has flown out," Navalny's lawyer Ivan Zhdanov told AFP.

Opposition chief Navalny says barred from leaving Russia

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was prevented from flying out of Moscow for a European court ruling on whether his recent detentions have been politically motivated.

Honda joins GM in opposition to EPA freeze on emission standards

Washington - On Friday, Honda joined with General Motors in its opposition to the EPA's proposed freeze on emission standards, upping the stakes and asking federal officials to negotiate with California and other states in working out a comprehensive national plan.

Defiant Zimbabwe opposition leader says will not accept poll result

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday vowed to continue his push to take power after disputed elections in which he lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa in July. "We want to claim the victory of the people.

Russia's opposition magazine faces closure over $340,000 fine

Moscow - Russia's only opposition magazine, The New Times, faces bankruptcy and apparent closure after a court slapped the outlet with a fine of nearly $340,000, its editor said on Friday.

Putin foe Navalny freed from jail after back-to-back sentences

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail Sunday after three weeks behind bars for organising anti-Kremlin protests, his second spell in detention in as many months.

Katumbi's DR Congo trial sent to constitutional court

Apo - The trial of exiled DR Congo opposition presidential candidate Moise Katumbi for the alleged recruitment of mercenaries was suspended Wednesday and sent to the constitutional court, his lawyer said.

Iranian diplomat held in Belgium over 'bomb plot'

Apo - An Iranian diplomat was taken into custody in Belgium on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in France.

US condemns Venezuela govt 'involvement' in opposition member's death

Washington - The United States on Wednesday condemned what it said was Venezuelan government "involvement" in the fatal fall from a window of an opposition activist who was in custody.

UN calls for probe into death of Venezuela opposition member

Geneva - The United Nations called Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death of Venezuelan opposition member Fernando Alban after Caracas said he killed himself in custody.

Opposition forms coalition ahead of Cameroon vote

Yaound - Two Cameroonian opposition parties agreed a coalition on Friday to jointly contest this weekend's presidential polls, a spokesman said, in an effort to dislodge six-term President Paul Biya.

Germany approves extradition of Iran diplomat over bomb 'plot'

Berlin - A German court said Monday it gave the green light for an Iranian diplomat linked to an alleged bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally to be handed over to Belgium.

Kremlin critic Navalny gets 20 days in jail for protest

Moscow - Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 20 days in jail for organising an opposition protest in a new court ruling Monday, the day he was freed after spending a month behind bars, his spokeswoman said.
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