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  • Jul 31, 2014
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Russian foreign minister talks with Syrian opposition leader

The meeting did not include US Vice President Joe Biden or UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Russian news agencies said, despite suggestions that four-way talks might be held as all are in Germany for the high-level Munich Security Conference.

Sunday, 3 February, 2013, 5:26am

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad losing control of his country, says Russia

Syria's most powerful ally, Russia, said for the first time yesterday that President Bashar al-Assad is losing control of his country and the rebels might win the civil war, dramatically shifting the diplomatic landscape at a time of enormous momentum for the opposition.

14 Dec 2012 - 5:15am

France first European country to recognise new Syrian opposition

France has become the first European country to recognise the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition, and raised the possibility of arming the group as it begins taking charge of the opposition's role in the civil war.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

Opposition elects anti-Putin leaders

The Russian opposition, having staged an online vote, has unveiled new leaders who will spearhead a drive to regain momentum against President Vladimir Putin after his crushing victory in May elections.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Opposition good for keeping officials honest

Candidates in the Legislative Council election are making all manner of promises of what they will do if they are voted in. Some promise to secure a better environment, others claim they can wave a magic wand and produce better housing, and another hapless candidate reckons he will improve traffic flow.

28 Oct 2012 - 9:43pm

For and against

Barisan Nasional (National Front)

The vast majority of Barisan Nasional's seats are held by its three largest parties:

United Malays National Organisation

Malaysian Chinese Association

Malaysian Indian Congress

The coalition also includes:

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Islamist party out to woo non-Malay voters

A quiet revolution is transforming the Parti Islam se-Malaysia - which once demanded Koranic justice, such as amputation of hands for stealing - into a moderate movement espousing justice and democracy.

12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Smear campaign targets Anwar

Sodomy slur back in play in Sarawak election campaign

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is drawing fire from Putrajaya again - this time it is over the big crowds he is attracting to his election campaign for the Sarawak state assembly.

18 May 2006 - 12:00am