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Putin arrives in neighboring Belarus for a two-day visit with a key ally

May. 23, 2024 18:43 PM EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Thursday in Belarus for a two-day visit as part of several foreign tours to kick off his fifth term in office, underscoring close ties with a neighboring ally that has been instrumental in Russia's war effort in Ukraine. Putin traveled to...

French Open: Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff are among the women to watch in 2024

May. 23, 2024 12:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Here are some of the women to watch at the French Open, which starts at Roland Garros on Sunday: Iga Swiatek Seeding: 1 Career-Best Ranking: 1 Country: Poland Age: 22 (Turns 23 on May 31) 2024...

Thousands of journalists have fled homelands due to repression, threats and conflict, UN expert says

May. 22, 2024 23:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thousands of journalists have fled their home countries in recent years to escape political repression, save their lives and escape conflict – but in exile they are often vulnerable to physical, digital and legal threats, a U.N. investigator said Wednesday. ...

Belarus authorities unleash another wave of raids and property seizures targeting over 200 activists

May. 21, 2024 15:33 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Authorities in Belarus on Tuesday carried out raids and property seizures targeting more than 200 opposition activists, the latest step in the unrelenting government crackdown against dissent, coinciding with the opposition's “day of solidarity with Belarusian political...

Poland invests $2.5 billion into fortifying border with Russia and Belarus

May. 18, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is investing about $2.5 billion to step up security and deterrence on its border with Russia and its ally Belarus, the prime minister said Saturday. Donald Tusk said work on the Shield-East project which includes building proper military fortifications...

Belarus targets opposition activists with raids and property seizures

May. 16, 2024 15:00 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Authorities in Belarus on Thursday announced raids and the seizure of property belonging to 104 opposition activists who have fled the country, the latest step in a crackdown on dissent that has continued unabated for nearly four years. Belarus'...

Poland puts judge who defected to Belarus on wanted list, opening way to international warrant

May. 16, 2024 07:38 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A controversial judge who fled from Poland to neighboring autocratic Belarus has been put on a wanted list, a step toward an international arrest warrant on espionage allegations, the Polish national prosecutors' office said Thursday. ...

Polish activists criticize Tusk's government for tough border policies and migrant pushbacks

May. 13, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Refugee rights activists on Monday criticized Poland's pro-European Union government for plans to tighten security at the border with Belarus and for continuing a policy initiated by predecessors of pushing migrants back across the border there. The activists...

Poland's prime minister vows to strengthen security at EU border with Belarus

May. 11, 2024 08:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Saturday traveled to the country's border with Belarus, which is also the European Union's external border with the autocratic state, and pledged to do more to strengthen security along its entire eastern frontier. Tusk...

Poland lifts immunity of a judge who defected to Belarus, paving way for an arrest warrant

May. 09, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A disciplinary court in Poland on Thursday lifted the immunity of a judge who fled the country to neighboring Belarus, an autocratic ally of Russia, paving the way for an international arrest warrant for him on espionage allegations. Poland's prosecutors and...