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Thousands rally in Georgia as ruling party backtracks on reforms

Tbili - Thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated on the streets of Georgia on Thursday after the ruling party failed to push through promised electoral reforms.

Cambodia PM orders release of opposition members jailed for 'coup' bid

Phnom Penh - Cambodian leader Hun Sen ordered the release Thursday of dozens of opponents and activists that authorities accused of helping his arch-rival plot a coup.

Cambodia lifts house arrest restrictions on opposition figure

Phnom Penh - Cambodia has freed a prominent opposition figure from house arrest more than two years after he was charged with treason, a court spokesperson told AFP on Sunday, after attempts by his colleagues to return to the country were thwarted.

Cameroon president says dropping prosecution against 'some' political rivals

Yaound - Cameroon's President Paul Biya on Friday announced he had ordered prosecutions to be dropped against "some" opposition leaders, including a number from the main Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) led by his jailed rival Maurice Kamto.

Cambodian PM fires arrest warning to fans of his arch-rival

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's premier Hun Sen on Wednesday threatened to arrest supporters of his nemesis Sam Rainsy if they mobilise for the opposition figurehead's much-trumpeted return from self-exile next month.

Russian celebrities line up behind jailed actor

Moscow - Russian celebrities have launched a major solidarity campaign in support of a young actor who they say was wrongfully jailed for a crime amid a crackdown on the opposition.

Russian celebrities line up behind jailed actor

Moscow - Russian celebrities have launched a solidarity campaign in support of a young actor who they say was wrongfully jailed for a crime amid a crackdown on the opposition.

Russian actor jailed for 3 1/2 years over opposition protest

Moscow - A Moscow court on Monday sentenced a 23-year-old actor to three-and-a-half years in prison for violence against police at an opposition protest even though he claimed he was simply a bystander.

Opposition chief blames Kremlin 'hysteria' over vote for police raids

Moscow - Russia's main opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday blamed mass police raids on his regional offices on Kremlin "hysteria" sparked by the ruling party's losses in local elections."Why such hysteria?

In Russia, forgotten plight of jailed grassroots activists

Reutov - When anti-corruption activist Yevgeny Kurakin went to make an official complaint about authorities destroying a park in his sleepy town near Moscow, he was arrested in the prosecutor's office. Three months later, he is still behind bars.

Russia court hands first jail terms to protesters

Moscow - Two Russians were sentenced Tuesday to two and three years in jail respectively in the first major convictions over anti-government demonstrations this summer.

EPA efforts to rollback methane regulations facing opposition

Washington - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations.

Putin opponent Navalny freed after 30 days in jail

Moscow - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after serving 30 days in jail for planning opposition protests, which have grown into a movement that has shaken Moscow since last month.

Putin opponent Navalny freed after 30 days in jail

Moscow - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after serving 30 days in jail for planning opposition protests, which have grown into a movement that has shaken Moscow since last month.

Russia freezes assets of Kremlin critic Navalny's anti-graft group

Moscow - Russia on Thursday froze the assets of an anti-corruption group that major opposition figure Alexei Navalny set up to expose the questionable wealth of top government officials, his spokeswoman said.

Russia tries to remove child from parents over opposition rally

Moscow - Russian prosecutors sought to strip a couple of parental rights on Tuesday after they brought their baby to a rally, as the authorities pressed ahead with a crackdown on the opposition.

New Singapore opposition party launched as polls loom

Fpo - A new opposition party backed by the estranged brother of Singapore's prime minister was launched Saturday in a fresh challenge to the government as speculation mounts elections could be called soon.

New Singapore opposition party launched as polls loom

Fpo - A new opposition party backed by the estranged brother of Singapore's prime minister was launched Saturday in a fresh challenge to the government as speculation mounts elections could be called soon.

Russia arrests five in mass unrest probe

Moscow - Five men were on Friday placed in pre-trial detention in Russia until late September as part of a probe into mass unrest following a peaceful protest urging fair elections.

Russian 'mass unrest' probe arrests five amid opposition crackdown

Moscow - Russian investigators said Thursday they had detained five people as part of a criminal probe into mass unrest, in an apparent attempt to crush a wave of peaceful protests demanding fair elections.

Russian doctors say no poison detected in jailed Kremlin critic

Moscow - Doctors at a Russian state facility on Wednesday said they had found no traces of poison in jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but his physician dismissed the results as "completely absurd".

Russia launches criminal probe after mass protest for fair elections

Moscow - Russian investigators on Tuesday launched a probe into "mass unrest", a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison, after thousands took to the streets at the weekend to demand fair elections.

Putin opponent Navalny says could have been 'poisoned'

Moscow - Russia's jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday he might have been "poisoned" in his prison cell amid a crackdown on anti-Kremlin protesters.

Putin opponent Navalny may have been exposed to 'toxic agent': doctor

Moscow - Russia's jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny might have been exposed to an unidentified "toxic agent," his personal doctor said on Monday, while health officials insisted his condition was satisfactory.

Putin critic Navalny hospitalised after 'allergic reaction' in jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who was taken from jail to hospital suffering an allergic reaction could have been exposed to an "unknown chemical substance", his doctor said.

Moscow police arrest hundreds at banned rally for fair elections

Moscow - Police in Moscow said they arrested more than 1,000 people Saturday at a banned opposition protest calling for city authorities to reverse decisions to exclude key opposition candidates from the ballot paper.

Russia raids campaign offices of opposition politicians

Moscow - Russian police on Friday extended a crackdown on the opposition by raiding the offices of independent politicians on the eve of a high-profile protest rally.

Russian investigators grill opposition in vote crackdown

Moscow - Russian investigators summoned a number of opposition politicians for questioning Thursday after the authorities staged night-time raids and jailed top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 30 days.

Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed for 30 days, as police raid allies' homes

Moscow - Russian police raided the homes of several opposition politicians on Wednesday soon after top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail, in an apparent bid by authorities to crush a new wave of protest.

Russian opposition leader Navalny arrested ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was arrested on Wednesday, in an apparent move by the authorities to prevent a major protest rally this week.
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