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Russia, ahead of planned protest, bans Kremlin critic's foundation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it had banned a pro-democracy movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky which has called for big anti-government protests on Saturday ahead of a presidential election next year.


Court allows Anwar to appear for his case against EC

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has allowed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibra­him to appear for his civil case ap­­peal against the Election Commis­sion (EC).


Penang MCA wooing new members and updating data of the veterans

GEORGE TOWN: MCA is launching a recruitment drive and data update of old members through its ‘Revival of Penang MCA’ campaign.


State MCA to field mostly new faces

GEORGE TOWN: Penang MCA has identified more than 25 potential candidates to stand in the next general election.


Italy's 5-Star builds policies and poll lead as rivals struggle

ROME (Reuters) - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, already Italy's most popular party, is stealing a march on its divided rivals by drawing up its policy programme a year ahead of elections.


EU ponders stronger social protection as populist wave rises

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to strengthen social protection across the bloc as the European Union struggles with a wave of populism triggered by globalisation and a migration crisis.


Saudi minister, after Russia talks, says Syria's Assad still has to go

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir discussed Syria's future with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Wednesday after which he said Riyadh still believed there was no political future for President Bashar al-Assad.


Fight for power takes new forms as Kenyan elections approach

KISUMU (Reuters) - A crowd of elated young men danced outside the market in Kenya’s southern Kisumu city, waving the crisp new 200 shilling ($2) notes that a local politician was distributing from behind a dusty speaker that pounded out music.


Bangladesh to build hundreds of mosques with Saudi cash

Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh has approved a project to build hundreds of mosques with almost $1 billion from Saudi Arabia, an official said Wednesday, worrying minorities who fear they could be used to spread fundamentalist Islam.


Venezuela warns could leave OAS regional group

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela warned on Tuesday it would leave the Organization of American States (OAS) if the regional body goes ahead with a possible Foreign Ministers meeting to debate the state of the crisis-stricken nation.