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January 2, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
Defiant amid demands for his execution, Iran's leading opposition figure on Friday issued a scathing denunciation of the government's violent crackdown against his supporters, calling for a restoration of civil liberties to end what he called a "serious crisis" that has destabilized the nation. Mir-Hossein Mousavi's statement, posted to reformist websites, was his first public comments since a violent weekend of protests coinciding with an important religious holiday. Mousavi's 43-year-old nephew, Ali Habibi-Mousavi, was shot to death Sunday.
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April 21, 2014 | By Simon Roughneen
YANGON, Myanmar - Win Tin, one of Myanmar's most respected opposition leaders who was jailed for nearly two decades by his country's military rulers, died early Monday. He was 84. His death, attributed to organ failure, came as Myanmar marked the end of Thingyan, the Buddhist New Year, and five weeks after he was admitted to Yangon's main hospital on the evening of his 84th birthday. A former journalist who in 1988 co-founded the National League for Democracy Party with his longtime ally, Aung San Suu Kyi, Win Tin was one of the most prominent leaders of the movement to challenge the military junta that ruled what was then known as Burma.
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August 29, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran's hard-line president Friday demanded the prosecution of top opposition leaders, raising the political temperature anew just a day and a half after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sought to cool tensions in a conciliatory speech. Meanwhile, the U.N.'s atomic watchdog agency delivered a quarterly assessment of Iran's controversial nuclear program, reporting that the Islamic Republic had granted inspectors access to sensitive research sites but has continued to stonewall efforts to examine past nuclear research allegedly weapons-related.
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April 11, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - A marathon meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders that ended early Friday kept alive the possibility of a compromise between the two sides to halt Venezuela's slide toward anarchy. Maduro hosted 11 opposition leaders Thursday night at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the capital, and the political foes leveled bitter accusations. Each blamed the other for the violence that has left 41 people dead and more than 1,000 injured since February.
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April 12, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
The street protests that raged against Georgia's U.S.-backed president in recent days are, in part, the gambit of a smart young man with an eye to toppling his onetime boss by being his polar opposite. In a land where leaders are expected to emote theatrically, 35-year-old opposition leader Irakli Alasania is a tamped-down anomaly. The lawyer, negotiator and diplomat is in his element one-on-one, gaze direct, voice low and measured.
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July 13, 1986 | Associated Press
Police said Saturday they had filed criminal charges against prominent opposition leader Khaleda Zia and nine others for their involvement in an anti-government demonstration Thursday. Police said the leaders were charged with "attempt to murder, rioting and assault on public servants." Officials said the other opposition leaders charged included former Speaker of Parliament Mirza Golam Hafiz; Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders Abul Hasnat and retired Wing Cmdr.
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August 22, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
A high-ranking conservative cleric called for the arrest of the nation's opposition leaders today while a counterpart demanded the release of political prisoners as the nation's political and religious establishment showed no signs of reconciliation following the disputed June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In addition, many lawmakers and clergy from Ahmadinejad's own conservative political camp fumed over his proposed Cabinet, including his decision to nominate three female ministers.
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March 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's military government arrested more than 20 top opposition figures, capping a three-day crackdown in which about 1,600 activists were rounded up, opposition leaders said. Leaders of the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy were arrested by police as they came out of a meeting to discuss a political rally planned for Friday in Lahore, a provincial capital.
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November 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
An opposition rally in this capital turned bloody for the second straight day Sunday, when an unidentified gang attacked several opposition leaders. Among the victims was Azerbaijan's first president after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Abulfaz Elchibey, who was forced from office in June 1993. Democratic Party leader Ilyas Ismailov and Liberal Party leader Lala Shovkhet-Gajiyeva and several of their party colleagues also were beaten by unidentified attackers.
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June 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ethiopian authorities placed two opposition leaders under house arrest Saturday, saying they were behind a week of violent protests that left 29 dead in clashes with police. Information Minister Bereket Simeon accused the main opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, of reneging on an agreement -- struck Friday with the ruling party and another opposition coalition -- to work together to end protests.
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March 31, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - One week before elections that will determine a new prime minister, Indians are deeply dissatisfied with the direction of their country and overwhelmingly want a change in leadership in New Delhi, according to a survey released Monday. The Pew Research Center found that Indians favor the main opposition group, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, to the ruling Indian National Congress by a ratio of more than 3 to 1. The BJP's strong showing rests on the perception that it would do a better job combating the country's range of woes including corruption, unemployment, inflation and political deadlock, the survey said.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - One month after the arrest of a key opposition leader, Venezuelan government officials have moved to prosecute another: national assembly member Maria Corina Machado. The Venezuelan National Assembly has ordered Atty. Gen. Luisa Ortega Diaz to begin proceedings to strip Machado, a harsh critic of President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello, of her legislative immunity and place her under criminal investigation related to recent antigovernment protests that have left at least 30 dead.
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February 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - After a violent week that turned parts of his capital into a war zone, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich agreed Friday to a new election and a coalition government in a deal that appeared likely to seal his political fate and bring his imprisoned rival back onto the stage. It was far from clear, however, that Ukraine could avoid more of the bloodshed that has killed at least 100 people in the country, the worst violence in its post-Soviet history. Crowds enraged by the deaths of protesters in volleys of sniper fire the previous day greeted opposition leaders who signed the agreement with the president with angry shouts and whistles.
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February 2, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iranian authorities have eased the terms of confinement of Mehdi Karroubi, a leader of the opposition “Green Movement” that was crushed after disputed presidential elections in 2009, his son said Sunday. The ailing Karroubi, 76, has been allowed to move to his home in the Jamaran district of Tehran, where he remains under house arrest, his son Hussein Karroubi wrote on Facebook. “Finally, he was transferred to his private house in Jamaran," Hussein Karroubi wrote.
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January 30, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who went on sick leave Thursday, said he had fulfilled commitments to antigovernment protesters but that conditions remained tense because of the political ambitions of some opposition leaders. Yanukovich said the goals of some could not rank higher than the country's overall interests. The public will be treated with understanding and goodwill, he said. “However, the opposition continues to escalate the tension, calling upon the people to stand out in the frost for the sake of several leaders' political ambitions,” Yanukovich said in a statement on his official website.
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January 27, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The protest movement seeking to push Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich from power is providing a stage for what one analyst calls "wild protest factions" that are at times driving developments on the street and complicating efforts to negotiate a solution. Members of one group don black masks and have combat experience fighting for Ukrainian nationalist or anti-Russian causes in several conflicts across the former Soviet Union. A leader denied the group is anti-Semitic, even while declaring that most Ukrainian bankers are Jewish.
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February 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Black nationalist leader Nelson R. Mandela met Friday with parliamentary opposition leaders at his home in the black township of Soweto, while more than 1,500 anti-apartheid demonstrators staged a pro-democracy protest in downtown Johannesburg. Officials of the Democratic Party, the main white anti-apartheid party, and the United Democratic Front, an anti-apartheid coalition, joined the leader of Parliament's mixed-race chamber in an hourlong discussion with Mandela.
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January 26, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- As opposition leaders weighed a peace offering from President Viktor Yanukovich, protesters seized a key building in central Kiev on Sunday, then took a pause in their rebellion to bury one of their dead. Seemingly testing Yanukovich's determination, hundreds of anti-government protesters armed with baseball bats, wooden clubs and Molotov cocktails surrounded about 300 police who were hunkered down inside a formidable Soviet-era building known as Ukraina House. The protesters, wearing a motley array of military, motorcycle and construction helmets, then stormed the building in a surprise pre-dawn attack.
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January 11, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Ukraine opposition leader Yuri Lutsenko was seriously injured when protesters clashed with riot police in downtown Kiev early Saturday, his spokeswoman said. Shortly after midnight, Lutsenko tried to intervene in a confrontation between several hundred riot police and about a thousand protesters in downtown Kiev when police suddenly used tear gas and clubs against the crowd, Larisa Sargan, Lutsenko's press secretary, told the Los Angeles Times. “Yuri was hit several times over the head with a club before he fell,” Sargan said in a phone interview.
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