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Turkish nationalist party re-elects chief despite election defeat

Ankara - Turkey's nationalist Good Party re-elected Meral Aksener as its chief on Sunday, even though she had vowed to step down following her heavy defeat in the presidential election in June.

Top Zimbabwe opponent bailed after Zambia asylum bid

Harare - Western governments and the UN expressed alarm Thursday as top Zimbabwe opposition figure Tendai Biti appeared in court after a dramatic attempt to flee to neighbouring Zambia and claim asylum.

Zambia deports top Zimbabwe opponent Biti, defying court order: lawyer

Lusaka - Zambian authorities on Thursday defied a court order stopping them from deporting top Zimbabwe opposition figure Tendai Biti, handing him to police across the border, his lawyer said.

Zimbabwe opposition confirms court challenge to election results

Harare - Zimbabwe's MDC opposition party on Wednesday confirmed it would launch a legal challenge to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow election victory, which it says was due to fraud.

Post-Mugabe euphoria fades with Zimbabwe's elections

Harare - When Robert Mugabe's brutal rule finally came to an end, millions in Zimbabwe dreamed of a brighter future -- but many fear his freshly elected former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa will simply offer more of the same.

Exiled Syrian actress who took on Assad buried in France

Dourdan - May Skaf, a prominent Syrian actress and activist who emerged as a fiercely outspoken critic of President Bashar al-Assad's regime after the uprising began in 2011, was buried Friday in France, where she had fled after being freed from prison.

E.Guinea opposition denounces 'illegal detention' of prisoners

Malabo - The leading opposition party in Equatorial Guinea has denounced the "illegal detention" of its activists, with dozens in prison despite a pledge last month by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema that they would be released.

Syria opposition turns to political path after military defeats

Apo - The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator, Nasr al-Hariri, called for a renewal of UN-brokered peace talks while acknowledging "significant military losses" by rebel forces, in an interview with AFP.

Zimbabwe opposition leader says poll threatened by fraud

Harare - Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Wednesday said Zimbabwe's election was threatened by fraud and accused electoral authorities of bias, but said his MDC party would not boycott the vote.

Zimbabwe opposition calls for African blocs to protect poll

Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa called on Tuesday for associations of African states to ensure that the country's historic election later this month is fair, adding his party would not boycott the vote.

Suspect in 'plot' to bomb Iran opposition in Paris handed to Belgium

Paris - A French court on Wednesday gave the green light for a suspect in an alleged bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally to be handed over to Belgium.

Kazakhstan's capital marks 20 years as critic's protest plans fall flat

Astana - Kazakhstan on Friday marked 20 years since steppe city Astana became the country's capital with pomp and ceremony, as calls for protests by an exiled critic of the country's authoritarian leader fell flat.

Aberdeen wind farm opposed by Donald Trump generates first power

An offshore wind farm in Scotland, that was fervently opposed by President Donald Trump a few years ago, has commenced operations. Located 1.5 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast, it is fully visible from a golf course owned by the President.

Erdogan's defeated rival challenges opposition leader

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's defeated rival in Turkey's presidential election said Tuesday he had offered to take over the day-to-day running of his opposition party, in an apparent challenge to its incumbent chief.

Kremlin critic urges Trump to raise political prisoners with Putin

Geneva - A fierce opponent of the Kremlin urged US President Donald Trump Monday to avoid accommodating his Russian counterpart during an upcoming summit, and instead use the occasion to discuss political prisoners held by Moscow.

Turkey arrests ex opposition MP over alleged Gulen links

Ankara - Turkey on Friday formally arrested a former opposition lawmaker over alleged links to the group blamed for the 2016 attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media reported.

Brother of Russian opposition leader freed after 3.5 years

Moscow - The brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was jailed for 3.5 years in a fraud case supporters say was politically motivated, was freed Friday after serving his sentence.

Turkey opposition chief says won't congratulate 'dictator' Erdogan

Ankara - The leader of Turkey's main opposition party on Tuesday refused to congratulate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his decisive election victory, describing the strongman as a "dictator" running a one-man regime.

Fiery Turkish MP Ince wants to be 'everyone's president'

Istanbul - Muharrem Ince has in the space of weeks risen from being a fiery parliamentarian to a presidential candidate who has energised the Turkish opposition and poses a serious challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russian opposition leader Navalny slams World Cup 'corruption'

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday denounced the high cost of hosting the World Cup, alleging that much of the money was embezzled by businessmen seen to be close to President Vladimir Putin.

Ottawa overpaid by $1.2 billion for Trans Mountain pipeline

Toronto - If the federal government manages to overcome strong opposition in British Columbia and complete construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion under budget and on schedule, taxpayers may recoup the $11 billion investment. But it is a "big if."

Facts about Kremlin critics murdered in Ukraine

Kiev - Kiev on Wednesday admitted staging the murder of anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko in an elaborate operation by its security services to thwart an alleged Russian plot to kill him.

Murder of anti-Kremlin war reporter shocks Russians

Moscow - Russia's embattled liberal community was reeling Wednesday from the murder of fiercely anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko who was gunned down in Ukraine after leaving Moscow following a campaign of harassment.

Russia cracks down on opposition activists after protests

Moscow - Russian authorities have detained several members of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny's team for organising protests ahead of President Vladimir Putin's fourth inauguration.

Leftist firebrand seeks to end Turkey opposition's losing streak

Bahadir - Turkey's opposition is fielding a leftist candidate known for impassioned speeches and even anti-American rhetoric in a bid to pose a serious challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in June's elections.

Russian opposition leader Navalny sentenced to month for protests

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was on Tuesday sentenced to 30 days behind bars for organising protests ahead of President Vladimir Putin's fourth inauguration.

EU, rights activists express outrage over police brutality, arrests in Russia

Moscow - Foreign governments and rights activists on Sunday expressed outrage over mass arrests in Russia and the brutality with which protests were broken up on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration.

Russian protest leader Navalny released after anti-Putin rally

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained during a weekend protest on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a fourth term, has been released and faces a court hearing next week, his lawyer said Sunday.

Four Turkish parties unite to contest landmark polls

Istanbul - Four Turkish opposition parties Saturday announced they had formed a coalition to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in snap elections on June 24.

Russian protest leader Navalny detained at anti-Putin rally

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained on Saturday at an unsanctioned rally in central Moscow, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term.
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