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Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin's principal opponent Alexei Navalny was briefly hospitalised Thursday after being hit in the eye by green dye that he said had damaged his cornea.

Kenya's opposition alliance aims to unseat ruling party

Nairobi - Kenya's opposition lined up Thursday behind a single candidate, veteran political leader Raila Odinga, strengthening their challenge to the government in August's polls.

Top Turkey court rejects opposition challenge to vote

Ankara - A top Turkish court Tuesday rejected an opposition legal challenge to last-minute voting rule changes in the referendum over handing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers.

Turkey's opposition down but not out

Istanbul - Turkey's embattled opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can still find glimmers of hope in a shifting political landscape despite the strongman winning a controversial referendum that will hugely enhance his powers.The 'No' vote polled 48.

Turkey opposition appeals referendum result at top court

Ankara - Turkey's main opposition party launched a legal challenge at a top court Friday to last-minute changes to voting rules in the referendum that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan win expanded powers.The 'Yes' side won 51.

Thousands of 'No' supporters protest Turkey vote in Istanbul

Istanbul - Thousands of supporters of the 'No' campaign in the referendum on granting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers took to the streets of Istanbul late Monday to protest alleged poll violations.

Exiled Russian opposition figure supports Putin foe for presidency

Moscow - Kremlin critic and former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Saturday threw his support behind Russian President Vladimir Putin's foe Alexei Navalny for Russia's 2018 presidential election.

Turkey's 'No' campaign defiant despite obstacles

Ankara - As the clock ticks down to Turkey's landmark referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, it's impossible to miss the posters for the government-backed 'Yes' campaign in Ankara and cities across the country.

Protests urge S.Africa president to quit

Pretoria - Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the South African capital Pretoria on Wednesday for further protests urging President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Kremlin critic Navalny released from jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walked free on Monday after spending 15 days in jail over a rally he led against alleged massive corruption by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

DR Congo president names new PM under power-sharing deal

Kinshasa - President Joseph Kabila on Friday named an opposition leader as prime minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo, honouring a pledge made as part of a stalled power-sharing deal agreed in December.

Syrian opposition rejects 'any role' for Assad

Geneva - The Syrian opposition to the Damascus regime said Thursday it rejected "any role" now or in the future for current President Bashar al-Assad, even though the United States now says Assad's departure is no longer a priority to end the conflict.

Putin says protesters in unauthorised rallies 'must be punished'

Moscow - Russsian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday insisted that participants in unauthorised protests must be punished after anti-corruption rallies across the country at the weekend ended in mass arrests.

No peace deal in Syria without US role: opposition

Geneva - A political deal to end the Syrian conflict is not possible without a strong US role, the opposition's chief negotiator told AFP, warning that Washington's absence was threatening ongoing peace talks.

'Dozens' jailed in Belarus following weekend protest

Minsk - More than 100 people in Belarus appeared in court on Monday over protests at the weekend against hardline President Alexander Lukashenko, with dozens of them jailed, including journalists.

Kremlin livid as generation born under Putin flocks to protests

Moscow - At the age of 16, Darya Moroz is too young to vote in Russia but she sneaked out to join the opposition protest in Moscow on Sunday -- without telling her parents.

Alexei Navalny: Russia's web-savvy anti-corruption campaigner

Moscow - Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Alexei Navalny: Russia's web-savvy anti-corruption campaigner

Moscow - Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Alexei Navalny: Russia's web-savvy anti-corruption campaigner

Moscow - Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Kremlin critic Navalny gets 15 days in jail after protest

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days behind bars and fined Monday after staging the biggest anti-corruption protests in years, an act branded a "provocation" by the Kremlin.

Opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

Moscow - Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption.

Scores detained as Belarus opposition protest broken up

Minsk - Belarus authorities raided the offices of a prominent rights group Saturday, detaining dozens of people, including foreign rights workers, ahead of a planned protest by opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Turkey will say 'no' to Erdogan power plan: opposition chief

Ankara - Turkey will vote against expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers in an April referendum, the leader of the country's main opposition party has predicted, warning the opposite outcome would cripple democracy by concentrating power in one man's...

Syrian talks end, 'more positive' than previous round: opposition

Geneva - More than a week of UN-sponsored peace talks ended in Geneva on Friday, the main opposition group said, calling the results "more positive" than previous rounds."We are closing this round without (a) clear result...

Syria, Russia blast opposition at faltering peace talks

Geneva - Syria on Thursday accused the main opposition of taking UN-backed peace talks "hostage" over its refusal to include terrorism on the agenda, warning it would be reponsible if the sputtering negotiations fail.

Kyrgyz opposition leader held for two months: govt

Bichkek - A court in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has jailed a prominent opposition leader for two months on corruption charges pending his trial, security services said Monday, after two days of protests in the fragile Central Asian country.

Protests as Kyrgyz opposition leader arrested

Bichkek - A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges Sunday, sparking nationwide protests as political tensions mount ahead of presidential elections in November.

Albanian opposition party vows to block parliament

Tirana - Albania's main opposition party said Thursday that it would boycott parliament in its efforts to oust Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama ahead of elections in June.

Where does Syria's opposition stand ahead of new talks?

Birut - Syrian opposition figures will return to Geneva on Thursday for new UN-sponsored talks with President Bashar al-Assad's regime on their country's six-year conflict.

Venezuela, US clash over political prisoners

Caracas - Venezuela and the United States locked horns again over political prisoners held by Caracas, including a jailed opposition leader whose supporters took to the streets of the capital Saturday to demand his release.
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