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Kremlin foe Navalny can run for president 'after 2028'

Moscow - Vladimir Putin's top critic Alexei Navalny will only be able to run for president after 2028, the head of the Russian Central Election Commission said on Tuesday.

Turkish MP to be retried over espionage conviction

Ankara - A Turkish court on Monday ordered the retrial of an opposition lawmaker whose 25-year jail sentence sparked one of the biggest opposition protests in years, a party spokesman said.

Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitors

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police on Saturday violently broke up an opposition rally in Saint Petersburg and detained more than 60 people protesting against President Vladimir Putin on his birthday, a monitoring group said.

Top filmmaker slams Putin for 'revolting' moves to block Navalny

Moscow - Acclaimed Russian filmmaker Andrei Zyvagintsev on Friday slammed President Vladimir Putin for hindering opposition leader Alexei Navalny's bid to run for the Kremlin next year.

Police raid Open Russia opposition group

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday raided the Moscow offices of opposition movement and website Open Russia, which is financed by exiled former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Half of Cambodia's opposition have fled crackdown, MP says

Phnom Penh - Nearly half of Cambodia's opposition parliamentarians have fled abroad in the past month to escape a government crackdown that has battered their party with legal cases ahead of crunch polls, an MP said on Wednesday.

Russian court sentences Putin foe Navalny to 20 days in jail

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday sentenced opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who wants to unseat President Vladimir Putin in next year's election, to 20 days in jail on charges of repeatedly violating a law on organising public meetings.

Security tight in Cameroon anglophone region as toll rises

Buea - Police maintained a tight grip in English-speaking Cameroon on Monday a day after the anglophone minority declared symbolic independence, as the toll from weekend clashes rose to at least 17 dead, according to an unofficial tally.

Seven killed in Cameroon as anglophones declare 'independence'

Buea - At least seven people were killed in Cameroon's restive anglophone belt at the weekend as a separatist group made a symbolic declaration of independence.

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained, faces month in jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who aims to unseat Vladimir Putin in presidential elections next year, was detained by police ahead of a rally on Friday and could face up to a month in jail.

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained in Moscow

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was detained by police on Friday as he left his home in Moscow, hours before he was to hold a banned rally."They have detained me in my building's entrance hall.

Cameroon sets travel clamp in troubled anglophone region

Yaound - Authorities in an English-speaking region in southwestern Cameroon on Thursday announced temporary curbs on travel and public meetings, adding to a curfew imposed in the northwest after protests by the country's anglophone minority.

Japan opposition unites in election bid to topple Abe

Toukyo - Japan's main opposition Thursday decided not to run candidates in the upcoming election, effectively joining forces with a new party formed by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike in a bid to topple Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Northern Togo: an unlikely place for a protest movement

Kara - With its dirt roads of red earth, children playing with old tyres and succession of dilapidated mosques, northern Togo is an unlikely home for a movement that's challenging Africa's longest-ruling political dynasty.

Repeal of women driving ban tests Saudi reform drive

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's historic lifting of a ban on women driving will be a litmus test for its king-in-waiting, who has sought to sideline the kingdom's arch-conservatives as he accelerates reforms, analysts say.

Tokyo governor Koike vows break from the past with new party

Toukyo - Popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike Wednesday vowed a break with old-school politics as she unveiled a new party she hopes will shake up the upcoming snap election in Japan.

Cambodian opposition erects banners urging leader's release

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's opposition party on Monday began erecting banners nationwide calling for the release of its leader Kem Sokha, ahead of a bail ruling for the politician who was arrested three weeks ago.

Togo readies for fresh protests amid charges of repression

Lom - Opposition parties in Togo readied for a second day of demonstrations on Thursday over the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa's oldest political dynasty, amid accusations of harsh repression by the security forces.

Turkey detains opposition leader's lawyer

Ankara - Turkish police on Friday detained the lawyer to the country's main opposition party as part of a probe into the group led by the US-based Islamic preacher blamed for last year's failed coup, the party said.

Kenya's Odinga sets conditions to take part in poll re-runĀ 

Nairobi - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday set conditions for taking part in a presidential vote re-run in October after the Supreme Court annulled last month's poll won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Opposition lawmaker from Venezuela seeks help in Europe

Caracas - One of Venezuela's leading opposition figures, national assembly leader Julio Borges was in Europe Sunday ahead of meetings with European leaders for talks on Venezuela's deadly political crisis, he said.

DR Congo opposition leader returns to tensions at home

Kinshasa - The leader of the opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, returned to Kinshasa on Sunday just as police arrested some of his supporters during a demonstration.

Venezuela blocking opposition trip to visit Europe leaders

Caracas - The wife of one of Venezuela's top jailed opposition figures said airport agents on Saturday stopped her from traveling to meet the leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Britain.

Venezuela secret service holding ex-minister: family

Caracas - Venezuelan former defense minister Raul Isaias Baduel, a government critic whose whereabouts have been unknown for three weeks, is being held by the intelligence service, his family said Friday.

Zambian opposition leader says arrest was political

Cape Town - Zambia's main opposition leader on Thursday condemned his four-month imprisonment for alleged treason as an abuse of the criminal justice system by his political opponents.

Cameroon halts 'terror' trial of anglophone leaders

Yaound - Cameroon's President Paul Biya halted on Wednesday the trial of leaders of the nation's English-speaking community who stand accused of terror-related charges over their fight for Anglophone rights in the French-majority nation.

Turkey opposition chief vows to defy Erdogan 'threats'

- Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu vowed to press on with an intensifying campaign for justice in defiance of "threats" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of ruling as a dictator.

Turkey opposition chief challenges Erdogan with 'justice' congress

- Turkey's main opposition leader warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday that the whole country has a "thirst for justice", opening an unprecedented four-day meeting protesting alleged violations under his rule.

Opposition chief says Turkey has a 'thirst for justice'

- Turkey's main opposition leader on Saturday opened a four day "justice congress" highlighting alleged injustices under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the country has a "thirst for justice".

Turkey opposition chief hosts 'justice congress' in challenge to Erdogan

- Turkey's main opposition leader on Saturday begins hosting a four day "justice congress" in a bid to keep up the momentum from the success of a month-long foot march protesting against alleged injustices under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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