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Putin foe Navalny pleads innocent in latest fraud trial

Moscow - One of the most popular critics of President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, pleaded innocent at the start Thursday of a trial for defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher out of more than half a million euros."I do not admit guilt.

Turkish rival rejects strong presidency as 'Erdogan's fantasy'

Istanbul - The main opposition candidate in Turkey's presidential election rejected plans for a strong presidency as a "fantasy" of his rival Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would not be accepted by the Turkish people.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi gains 5 mn signatures in presidency fight

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition said on Wednesday almost five million people had signed a petition seen as a step towards ending a constitutional ban on veteran activist Aung San Suu Kyi running for president.

Russia pulls plug on 'last independent TV show'

Moscow - A programme seen as Russia's last independent political show on mainstream television has been taken off the air amid an upsurge in anti-Western rhetoric, in a move condemned by Kremlin critics.

Turkey's Erdogan mocks rival for 'not knowing national anthem'

Ankara - A bitter row erupted Friday between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in the presidential election after the premier accused his opponent of not recognising the Turkish national anthem.

Russian opposition leader kept under house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court rejected Friday a request by prosecutors to jail top opposition leader Alexei Navalny who will remain under house arrest during a high-profile trial seen as politically motivated by his supporters.

New Spain opposition leader vows to get country 'back on track'

Madrid - The new leader of Spain's main opposition Socialist Party vowed Sunday during his inaugural speech to lead the party back to power and get the crisis-hit country "back on track".

Millions back Suu Kyi call for Myanmar charter change

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of political strength ahead of elections next year.

Kremlin snuffs out last avenues of dissent for Putin foes

Moscow - House raids, bugging devices, threats, violence and demeaning posters are just a few things Vladimir Putin's critics have faced while trying to run for city parliament in the Russian capital.

Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader

Istanbul - The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.

Kuwait leaders huddle ahead of opposition rally

- Kuwait's emir consulted with his crown prince and prime minister after four nights of clashes over the arrest of a prominent opposition leader ahead of a mass rally later Sunday.

Myanmar opposition youth seek louder voice

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference Saturday dedicated to its youth wing.

Kuwait police fire teargas to break up opposition demo

- Kuwaiti police fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse an opposition rally demanding the release of prominent dissident Mussallam al-Barrak, activists said on Thursday.

Ihsanoglu: Devout intellectual hoping to de-throne Turkey leader

Ankara - The softly spoken, bespectacled intellectual hoping to defeat Turkey's powerful premier in the country's first direct presidential election faces a steep uphill struggle.

Dumb in the Duma? Shock in Russia over lawmakers' 'absurd' bills

Moscow - If Russian lawmakers have their way, smoking for women under 40 will soon be banned, advertisement for condoms and pregnancy tests will be banished from the pages of mainstream media and using foreign words will result in a steep fine.

U.S., EU welcome release of top Belarus activist

Minsk - The European Union and the United States have welcomed the unexpected release of prominent Belarus rights activist Ales Belyatsky, while urging the government to free other political prisoners as well.

Obama advisor hints at 'lethal' aid to Syrian opposition

Surrain - President Barack Obama's top foreign policy advisor Susan Rice on Friday said Washington was providing "lethal and non-lethal" support to select members of the Syrian opposition, offering more detail than usual on US assistance.

Abkhazia leader forced to flee, denounces coup bid

Sukhum - Opposition protesters stormed the presidency in Abkhazia overnight in what the leader of the Georgian breakaway region called a coup attempt, Russian news agencies said Wednesday.

French opposition boss quits over Sarkozy funding scandal

Paris - The leader of France's embattled centre-right opposition quit following claims that invoices for former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign were fraudulently billed as party expenses.

Venezuela to bring complaint against U.S. at UN

Caracas - Venezuela vowed Sunday to accuse the United States of meddling in its political crisis at the United Nations and other international organizations.

Venezuela hopes for opposition talks with foreign help

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he hopes to talk with the opposition after their leaders meet Sunday with visiting South American foreign ministers.

Obama meets Syrian opposition leader

Washington - President Barack Obama met Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in a show of support for moderate, embattled foes of President Bashar al-Assad.

The somber and not so happy history of Mother's Day

Mother's Day will turn 100 years old this Sunday, May 11, 2014. Set aside as a day to honor mothers, the maternal bond and the influence that mothers have in our lives, this day is celebrated worldwide, usually from April to May, in other countries.

Boehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

After more than 55 failed attempts by the House, Speaker John Boehner finally conceded that Obamacare is here to stay. Boehner’s admission comes only three weeks after he vowed the House would continue to try to repeal the law.

Putin enemy escapes immediate threat of jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny escaped Thursday the imminent threat of jail when a court extended his arrest, but did not put the top critic of President Vladimir Putin in pre-trial detention.

Putin foe faces threat of jail in new trial

Moscow - Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial Thursday in a major case that his supporters fear will end in a lengthy jail sentence for President Vladimir Putin's top critic.

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

Yangon - Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies

- Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday aged 84 after striving for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship.

Russia warns against re-posting opposition blogger

Moscow - Russian prosecutors have warned against sharing online any information from protest leader and blogger Alexei Navalny, who is under house arrest and banned from using the Internet, his supporters said Tuesday.

Obama, Saudis 'to discuss boosting moderate Syria opposition'

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama, who arrived in Riyadh Friday, will discuss with Saudi officials ways to "best empower" Syria's moderate opposition, including militarily, a senior White House official said.
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