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Pompeo calls for joint US-EU effort on Belarus crisis

Bled - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington hoped to work with the EU to resolve the crisis in Belarus where veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko's controversial re-election has sparked unprecedented protests.

Thousands form human chains in Belarus after post-vote crackdown

Minsk - Thousands of protesters formed human chains in Belarus on Thursday in a growing wave of peaceful demonstrations over President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and an ensuing brutal police crackdown.

Jailed Belarus protester dies during crackdown

Minsk - Belarus on Wednesday confirmed the death of a jailed protester as demonstrators took to the streets for a fourth night of clashes with riot police over a disputed presidential election.

Belarusians should have the 'freedoms they are demanding': Pompeo

Prague - Belarusians should be given "the freedoms that they are demanding", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, urging authorities in the former Soviet republic not to harm protesters.

Belarus says protests 'smaller' after third night of crackdown

Minsk - Authorities in Belarus said Wednesday that post-election protests were getting smaller, after police violently put down a third night of demonstrations.

Beleaguered Belarus opposition finds Baltic refuge

Vilnius - Waves of repression in Belarus have turned its EU neighbours into places of refuge for pro-democracy Belarusians, with presidential challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya only the latest to shelter there.

Belarus election challenger flees to Lithuania after more clashes

Minsk - The main challenger in Belarus's disputed presidential election had fled to Lithuania on Tuesday after a second night of street clashes between police and opposition supporters left a protester dead.

Lukashenko: Tainted strongman on Europe's doorstep

Minsk - Strongman Alexander Lukashenko has ruled over ex-Soviet Belarus for nearly three decades and says he cannot bear to part with his "beloved" country.

Belarus presidential challenger demands 'honest election'

Minsk - The main opposition candidate challenging Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko demanded a fair election as she cast her ballot in the presidential poll on Sunday.

Lukashenko: Soviet-style autocrat on Europe's doorstep

Minsk - Strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled over ex-Soviet Belarus for nearly three decades, is facing down the greatest challenge to his rule ahead of presidential elections on Sunday.

Tikhanovskaya: Stay-at-home mum rocking Belarus polls

Minsk - Stay-at-home-mother Svetlana Tikhanovskaya never had presidential ambitions.

Leading Belarus opposition candidate's campaign manager detained: spokeswoman

Minsk - The campaign manager of Belarus's leading opposition candidate was detained on Saturday on the eve of a tense presidential vote, her office said.

Surprise opposition candidate says Belarus 'waking up'

Minsk - The surprise opposition candidate mounting the most serious challenge in years to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday that her country was waking up, but warned that the strongman planned to rig the vote.

Police, protesters clash in Belarus after tense presidential vote

Minsk - Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Belarus after a presidential election on Sunday that saw longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko face the biggest challenge to his rule in years.

Rising star shakes up Belarus strongman's re-election bid

Minsk - Belarus holds presidential polls on Sunday with a novice opposition candidate posing the greatest challenge in years to long-ruling strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus vote threatens rupture in 'brotherly' ties with Russia

Minsk - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko seems set on burning once "brotherly" bridges with the Kremlin during a volatile election campaign that has seen him arrest Russian citizens and raid a bank with links to Moscow.

Belarus leader claims opposition 'massacre' plot ahead of vote

Minsk - Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday accused the opposition and Russia of planning violent unrest and vowed to defend his regime as early voting began in presidential elections.

Belarus opposition rallies voters with promise of change

- At a small-town campaign rally held by the rising star of Belarus's political opposition, Elena stood among the unusually large crowd, wrapped in a red and white flag -- the colours of the ex-Soviet country's emboldened opposition.

Thousands rally in Belarus capital Minsk despite crackdown

Minsk - Thousands of supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko's election rival on Thursday rallied in the Belarusian capital Minsk despite an increasing crackdown on the opposition.

Tens of thousands rally in Belarus despite pre-election crackdown

Minsk - Tens of thousands of supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko's top election rival on Thursday rallied in the Belarusian capital Minsk despite an increasing crackdown on the opposition.

Belarus detains Russia 'Wagner mercenaries' ahead of tense vote

Minsk - Strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko demanded an explanation from Moscow on Wednesday after Belarus arrested Russian mercenaries allegedly plotting to destabilise the country ahead of next month's presidential election.

In Belarus, three women unite to fight strongman Lukashenko

Minsk - Three women have teamed up to fight presidential polls in Belarus, pitting "female solidarity" against strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who insists the country is not ready for a woman president.

Belarus threatens opposition protesters with criminal charges

Minsk - Belarus said Wednesday that protesters could face serious criminal charges after hundreds were arrested at demonstrations over the removal of opposition candidates from the presidential election.

Belarus threatens opposition protesters with criminal charges

Minsk - Belarus said Wednesday that protesters could face serious criminal charges after dozens were arrested at demonstrations over the removal of opposition candidates from the presidential poll.

Protests in Belarus after opposition barred from ballot

Minsk - Hundreds of protesters rallied and scuffled with police in Belarus on Tuesday with more than 100 people detained after officials barred President Alexander Lukashenko's main rivals from running in an election in August.

Belarus bars jailed Lukashenko rival from contesting vote

Minsk - The Belarusian central electoral commission on Tuesday refused to register the imprisoned main rival to President Alexander Lukashenko as a candidate for the country's presidential election in August.

Belarus president accuses Russia, Poland of election interference

Minsk - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday accused Russia and Poland of interfering in an upcoming presidential election, claims that were quickly denied by the Kremlin.

Belarus leader's election rival detained as crackdown intensifies

Minsk - Belarusian authorities on Thursday detained President Alexander Lukashenko's rival ahead of August's election as Minsk intensified a crackdown on the opposition.

New wave of Belarus opposition wants to oust strongman president

Minsk - Just a year after the launch of his social media channel, Belarusian vlogger Sergei Tikhanovsky has galvanised a new movement ahead of this summer's presidential poll, aiming to unseat the country's strongman leader.

Belarus volunteers plug gaps in supplies to virus-hit medics

Minsk - Young men in dark hoodies and tracksuit bottoms form a human chain to pass down black sacks from a storeroom and pile them in the back of a car.
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