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US slaps sanctions on Belarus police over crackdown

Washington - The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on Belarus police units and a senior security official over their violent crackdown on mass protests following the strongman leader´s contested reelection.

Belarus opposition leader vows victory at EU prize ceremony

Apo - Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Wednesday vowed the protest movement against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko would prevail despite a brutal crackdown by the authorities, as she received the EU's top rights prize.

Belarus opposition rallies in scattered protests

Minsk - Opposition protesters in Belarus rallied Sunday in the latest of nearly four months of demonstrations against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

UN says rights situation in Belarus deteriorating

Geneva - The human rights situation in crisis-wracked Belarus is deteriorating, the UN rights chief said Friday, highlighting mass arrests, including of journalists, and numerous allegations of torture.

Belarus protesters take to the streets with new tactic

Minsk - Opposition protesters in Belarus took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday in the latest of three months of demonstrations against the re-election of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko.

Russia accuses West of meddling in Belarus

Minsk - Russia's foreign minister on Thursday accused the West of interfering in Belarus as he met strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko who has faced months of protests over his disputed re-election.

Thousands march in Belarus opposition rally in Minsk

Minsk - Tens of thousands of Belarus opposition protesters took to the streets on Sunday, the latest large-scale rally against President Alexandre Lukashenko's contested re-election.

Protesters in Belarus dispersed with stun grenades

Minsk - Belarusians took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday in a fresh demonstration against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko as anger mounted over the recent death of an opposition activist.

Belarus opposition protester dies after arrest

Minsk - A Belarusian artist has died in Minsk after police arrested him in a city square that has become a symbol of opposition to strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko, investigators said on Friday.

Belarus opposition leader decries mass protest arrests

Minsk - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Monday denounced a crackdown on peaceful demonstrators after more than one thousand people were detained at a rally against strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

More than 800 held in Belarus as opposition reaches out to Biden

Minsk - Police in Belarus on Sunday detained more than 800 people during the latest in weeks of unprecedented demonstrations against strongman Alexander Lukashenko, as the opposition reached out to US President-elect Joe Biden.

OSCE condemns Belarus torture, calls for fresh presidential vote

Vienna - A report from the OSCE election-monitoring organisation published on Thursday condemned "massive" rights abuses and torture in Belarus and called for a re-run of the country's August presidential polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed vi...

EU launches sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko

Apo - The EU on Wednesday launched a procedure to sanction Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, his son Viktor and 13 others held responsible for a post-election crackdown in the former Soviet state, diplomatic sources in Brussels said.

Belarus police clear protesters near Stalin-era mass grave

Minsk - Police in Belarus on Sunday dispersed protesters marching from central Minsk to a Stalin-era execution site in the latest of weeks of demonstrations against strongman Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election.

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.

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.
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