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Political consultant detained in Belarus returns to US

Minsk - Prominent American political strategist Vitali Shkliarov has returned to the United States from Belarus where he was detained in late July and accused of mobilising protesters, his lawyer and officials said Wednesday.

Belarus opposition leader says supporters launching strike

Minsk - Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said Monday supporters were beginning a nationwide strike after her deadline expired for strongman Alexander Lukashenko to step down.

Belarus opposition leader says supporters launching strike

Minsk - Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said Monday supporters were beginning a nationwide strike after her deadline expired for strongman Alexander Lukashenko to step down.

Belarus opposition calls general strike as tens of thousands march against Lukashenko

Minsk - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Sunday called on the country to strike from Monday as 100,000 people took to the streets of Minsk to protest against embattled strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.

Tens of thousands march in Belarus despite police threat to open fire

Minsk - Belarusian police on Sunday detained more than 200 people as tens of thousands marched against strongman Alexander Lukashenko in defiance of police threats to open fire after weeks of demonstrations.

Belarus opposition leader gives Lukashenko ultimatum to resign

Minsk - Belarus's exiled opposition leader on Tuesday gave strongman President Alexander Lukashenko a deadline of two weeks to resign, halt violence and release political prisoners, warning he would otherwise face a crippling general strike.

Belarus threatens to fire on anti-Lukashenko protesters

Minsk - Belarus on Monday threatened to fire on protesters to break up demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko, as EU foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions personally targeting the strongman leader.

Police break up Belarus opposition protest with water cannon, stun grenades

Minsk - Police deployed water cannon and stun grenades and detained hundreds of demonstrators in Minsk Sunday after Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko raised hopes for change by meeting jailed opposition figures.

Dozens detained at Belarus opposition protest

Minsk - Riot police swiftly detained dozens at a protest march in Belarus on Sunday after strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko raised hopes for change by meeting jailed opposition figures.

Belarus's Lukashenko holds talks with jailed political rivals

Minsk - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday went to a jail run by the country's KGB security service to meet his jailed political opponents, ostensibly to discuss plans for constitutional reforms.

Top Belarus basketball player jailed for 15 days over protests

Minsk - Belarus's top woman basketball player Yelena Leuchanka was detained on Wednesday at an airport and jailed for 15 days over protests against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election, a rights group said.

Tens of thousands march in Belarus despite police detentions

Minsk - Belarusian police on Sunday detained around 200 people as tens of thousands took to the streets in support of protest figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya days after the country's strongman president staged a secret inauguration.

Belarus police detain dozens at women's rallies: rights group

Minsk - More than 90 people were detained at opposition rallies in Belarus on Saturday as women demonstrators took to the streets to protest against strongman Alexander Lukashenko's regime.

From Belarus farm boss to Soviet-style strongman on Europe's doorstep

Minsk - Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko is a former collective farm boss who has leveraged Russian backing and Soviet-style political oppression to run a personal fiefdom on Europe's doorstep for 26 years.

Belarus leader Lukashenko sworn in at secret ceremony: agency

Minsk - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a sixth term at a secret ceremony held with no prior announcement, the Belta state news agency reported Wednesday.

Belarus great-grandmother protest star defies police

Minsk - At 73, Nina Baginskaya is one of Belarus's most prominent veteran activists, facing regular detention by police as she marches in support of the opposition.

Belarus police detain hundreds of women at protest

Minsk - Riot police in Belarus on Saturday bundled hundreds of women, including a great-grandmother who has become an icon of the protest movement, into vans as opposition marchers rallied in Minsk seeking an end to President Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year rul...

Belarus police detain hundreds at women's protest: AFP

Minsk - Riot police on Saturday detained hundreds of women as opposition protesters marched through the Belarusian capital Minsk demanding an end to President Alexander Lukashenko's rule.

Belarus police detain women protesters

Minsk - Belarusian riot police on Saturday violently detained several dozen women demonstrators and threw them into vans, as thousands took to the streets of the capital to protest against police violence and electoral fraud.

Belarus opposition figure urges probe into 'abduction'

Minsk - Belarusian opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova on Thursday called for security officers to face criminal charges for abduction and death threats after she disappeared and was imprisoned.
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