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Tension between Kurds and the central government has flared in recent months.

ZIMBABWE

Anglican worshippers help take back cathedral

HARARE — Mainstream Anglican Christians in Zimbabwe took back their cathedral on Sunday after a lockout of more than five years staged by an excommunicated, breakaway bishop who claimed loyalty to the president’s party and used loyalist police to keep people out.

Worshippers from across the country and regional church leaders thronged the central Harare square for a service to “cleanse and rededicate” the historic colonial-era cathedral towering over the square.

Bishop Chad Gandiya struck the main doors three times with a pastoral staff to have them opened.

He blessed what he called the “defiled” interior with signs of the cross ahead of the first Eucharist service by mainstream Anglicans since they often were violently banished from churches and missions seized nationwide.

The nation’s highest court has declared the seizures illegal.

Breakaway Bishop Nolbert Kunonga launched a campaign a decade ago against the regional Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa to which Zimbabwe belongs, claiming it supported gay rights.

RUSSIA

Opposition struggles for momentum, relevance

MOSCOW — Speaking to more than 100,000 protesters who thronged a Moscow street in December, anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny said Russia’s opposition had mustered “enough people to take the Kremlin.”

A year on, the movement that shocked Vladimir Putin’s regime and galvanized huge numbers of ordinary Russians is at an impasse. After a weekend rally to mark its first anniversary attracted only a few thousand protesters, opposition leaders met to figure out where they go from here.

“We are seeing a certain weariness. People had hoped for a quick result,” prominent opposition figure Ilya Yashin said during Sunday’s meeting. “But it’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon.”

Since Mr. Putin easily won a third presidential term in March, the opposition has struggled to maintain any momentum or direction. Attendance at rallies has consistently ebbed.

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