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Biden vows to back Belarus opposition in removing Lukashenko

Washington - US presidential hopeful Joe Biden voiced support Tuesday for the Belarus opposition in its general strike against President Alexander Lukashenko, saying the strongman was illegitimate.

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.

Olympic swimmer helping dissident Belarus athletes

Vilnius - A few weeks ago, Aliaksandra Herasimenia was a retired Belarusian Olympic swimmer with a stellar career.

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.

Belarus opposition leader on Russia's wanted list

Moscow - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has been placed on Russia's wanted list, the country's interior ministry said Wednesday.

Belarus opposition leader joins Berlin protest ahead of Merkel meeting

Berlin - Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya urged protesters to keep up their fight against strongman Alexander Lukashenko after she arrived in Berlin Monday for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Anger from Moscow, Minsk as EU, US sanction Belarus

Apo - The United States and the EU hit Belarus officials with long-awaited sanctions over the country's political crisis on Friday, drawing an angry response from Minsk and its ally Moscow.

Belarus opposition leader takes risky diplomatic path

Warsaw - Once a political novice, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is joining Europe's diplomatic big leagues but risks undermining her own cause in the process, experts said.

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.

UK, Canada slap sanctions on Belarus strongman Lukashenko

London - Britain and Canada on Tuesday became the first major nations to slap sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over the country's seething political crisis.

Belarus opposition leader to address French parliament

Vilnius - Belarus's main opposition leader on Tuesday said she would address France's parliament after talks with President Emmanuel Macron in which he promised to help mediate in the political crisis.

'It is clear Lukashenko has to go': France's Macron

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko must step down, after the EU refused to recognise him as the legitimate president of the ex-Soviet country.

'It is clear Lukashenko has to go': France's Macron

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron said Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko has to step down, in comments to a French weekly published on Sunday.

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.

UK to impose sanctions on Belarus over 'rigged election' crackdown

London - Britain said Thursday it was preparing sanctions against those in Belarus responsible for "rigging" the August 9 presidential election and for the subsequent crackdown on protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Russia's season of war games unites West-weary allies

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin will on Friday oversee massive military exercises as Russia stages a series of drills with China and other allies amid fresh tensions with the West.

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's neighbours open doors to tech talent

Warsaw - With Belarus in upheaval, its neighbours are eyeing its tech sector in the hope of attracting the talent behind global successes such as calling app Viber and the game World of Tanks.

No EU sanctions on Belarus despite opposition leader plea

Apo - EU foreign ministers on Monday failed to agree sanctions over the political crisis in Belarus, despite a plea for support from opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

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.
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