DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called on the Congolese people to peacefully resist President Joseph Kabila after Kabila stayed in power on Tuesday despite the expiration of his constitutional mandate. Gunfire could be heard in several districts of Kinshasa early on Tuesday as demonstrators demanded that Kabila step down after his mandate expired at midnight, and […]

Gambian court frees prominent opposition leader, 18 others

Gambian court frees prominent opposition leader, 18 others

A Gambian court freed a prominent lawyer and 18 other political prisoners on bail on Monday pending an appeal of their sentence for “unlawful assembly”, in a sign President Yahya Jammeh’s shock election defeat last week could end years of repression. A Reuters witness was present for the decision to release Ousainou Darboe along with […]

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

  Venezuela’s streets were quieter than usual on Friday during an opposition-called strike, but participation was patchy after the socialist government threatened to shut down businesses that closed. “The strike is a good pressure tactic … but if I don’t work, I don’t eat,” said insurance agent Adolfo Diaz, 38, trying to reach work despite […]

Venezuela govt and opposition to hold talks as crisis deepens

Venezuela govt and opposition to hold talks as crisis deepens

Venezuela’s socialist government and the opposition on Monday announced talks for the weekend to deal with a political standoff that has intensified since the suspension of a referendum drive to remove President Nicolas Maduro. The two sides will meet on Sunday on the Caribbean island of Margarita, mediated by the Vatican, regional bloc Unasur and […]

Venezuela opposition accuse Maduro of ‘coup’ after referendum quashed

Venezuela opposition accuse Maduro of ‘coup’ after referendum quashed

Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the socialist government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup. The opposition is urging supporters to take to the streets, beginning with a march on a major highway Saturday led by the wives of jailed activists, while a leading government figure is […]

Civilians and police killed in DR Congo opposition rally

Civilians and police killed in DR Congo opposition rally

Congolese police on Monday clashed with protesters marching against what they claim is a bid by President Joseph Kabila to extend his mandate, killing at least 17 people and prompting a threat of further sanctions from the United States. The protest, attended by thousands, came at a time of growing local and international pressure on […]

Defiant Venezuelan opposition marches for recall vote

Defiant Venezuelan opposition marches for recall vote

Critics of President Nicolas Maduro marched through Caracas on Wednesday to demand that the recall process go forward. But Venezuela’s socialist government is digging in its heels as an economic collapse further threatens its hold on power. The pro-government elections board missed its own Monday deadline to certify signatures on a petition demanding the start […]

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s government on Monday continued its crackdown on those suspected of supporting a failed coup last week as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made overtures to the political opposition. Turkey ordered the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, as part of a sweeping purge that began immediately after the unsuccessful military coup of […]

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city of Manbij are investigated. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 56 civilians were killed in […]

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced his support for a 14-year-old Arab peace plan in an apparent snub of a French-led international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict due to start this week. Paris on Friday will host more than 20 foreign ministers, as well as United Nations and European Union diplomats, in what will be […]

Top Syrian opposition negotiator quits peace talks

Top Syrian opposition negotiator quits peace talks

The chief peace negotiator of Syria’s mainstream opposition said on Sunday he was resigning over the failure of the U.N.- backed Geneva peace talks to bring a political settlement. Mohammed Alloush, who is also the representative of the powerful Jaish al Islam rebel faction in the Saudi-based High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said in a statement […]