Russia's most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, has been given a five-year suspended sentence. The proceedings are a retrial of a 2013 fraud case, and the guilty verdict means he cannot run for president next year.
Venezuela's opposition has said it won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a day after threats by President Nicolas Maduro. The US said it stands with Venezuelans as they "seek to restore democracy."
Alexei Navalny wants to become Russia's president in 2018. Yet the election commissioner has said a prior conviction blocks his path to the Kremlin. Will the opposition politician grow tired and quit?
President Nicolas Maduro said three parties which boycotted mayoral elections should be ineligible for future votes. He said the ruling party won at least 90 percent of the 335 mayorships.
Leading opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla has described "scandalous fraud" discovered in the wake of the elections. Despite a constitutional ban, Honduras' president ran for a second term in office.
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