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FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, May 24, 2020, an opposition activist Nikolai Statkevich, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, gestures as he speaks to people gathered to sign up and support potential presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus. On Sunday, Nikolai Statkevich, one of Belarus' most prominent opposition figures, was detained while heading for a protest in Minsk. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

Belarus opposition leader jailed after joining protest

Jun. 1, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A leading Belarus opposition politician was jailed Monday amid a crackdown on protesters who rallied against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election bid, rights activists said. Lukashenko, who has relentlessly suppressed opposition and independent news media during...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, May 24, 2020, an opposition activist Nikolai Statkevich, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, gestures as he speaks to people gathered to sign up and support potential presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus. On Sunday, Nikolai Statkevich, one of Belarus' most prominent opposition figures, was detained while heading for a protest in Minsk. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

Top opposition figure detained in Belarus

May. 31, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A human rights group in Belarus said Sunday that more than 30 people have been detained amid demonstrations against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is running for another term. Lukashenko, who has suppressed opposition and independent news media during...

An opposition activist Sergei Tikhovoski, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, gestures as he speaks to people gathered to sign up and support potential presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, May 24, 2020. The presidential campaign is underway in Belarus despite the coronavirus outbreak after the parliament and government refused to postpone the election scheduled for August 9. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

1,000 protest Belarusian president seeking another term

May. 24, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 1,000 protesters denouncing authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s seeking of another term in an upcoming election have held the largest opposition demonstration of the year in the capital Minsk. Many of the demonstrators carried slippers as a symbol of...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Nico Hoerner, left, celebrates with teammate Ian Happ after Happ hit a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. When the coronavirus pandemic stopped spring training last month, Ian Happ offered Nico Hoerner, Zack Short and Dakota Mekkes a place to stay if they wanted to remain in Arizona. That's how “The Compound” was born. (AP Photo/Scott Kane, File)

The Latest: MLB bat factory resumed production

May. 11, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Major League Baseball may be weeks away from playing again, but the factory that supplies bats to many of its players resumed production Monday in Kentucky. The Hillerich & Bradsby plant that makes Louisville Slugger bats...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, back to a camera, watches the honour guard of the Presidential Regiment march on Cathedral Square in the Kremlin marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War II in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2020. Putin cancelled a massive Victory Day marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War II but ordered a flyby of warplanes over Red Square. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia, Belarus mark Victory Day in contrasting events

May. 9, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin marked Victory Day, the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, in a ceremony shorn of its usual military parade and pomp by the coronavirus pandemic. In neighboring Belarus, however, the ceremonies went ahead in full, with tens of...

People attend the Victory Day military parade that marked the 75th anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, May 9, 2020. Belarus remains one of the few countries that hadn't imposed a lockdown or restricted public events despite recommendations of the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus holds Victory Day parade, disregarding coronavirus

May. 9, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The eastern European nation of Belarus held a full-fledged military parade Saturday to mark Victory Day, shrugging off safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic that led Russia to curtail its own long-planned 75th anniversary observances. Tens of thousands of spectators lined...

Cemetery workers wearing hazmat suits bury the coffin containing the remains of 71-year-old Neide Rodrigues Rosa, who died from the new coronavirus according to her son Sergio Rodrigues, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Latest: Pakistan lifts lockdown amid jump in virus cases

May. 9, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Pakistan begins lifting weeks-long lockdown despite another...

Belarus strips Russian reporters of accreditation amid virus

May. 7, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Foreign Ministry of Belarus has stripped two Russian journalists of accreditation after reports about the growing coronavirus outbreak in the country, the ministry's spokesman said Wednesday. Reporter Alexei Kruchinin and cameraman Sergei Panasyuk work for Russia's state-run...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Jason Hackedorn looks into Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in Cleveland. With the distinct possibility of pro sports resuming in empty venues, a recent poll suggests a majority of U.S. fans wouldn't feel safe attending games anyway without a coronavirus vaccine.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Latest: Former NHL enforcer Laraque tests positive

Apr. 30, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has tested positive for COVID-19. The 43-year-old Laraque made the announcement on social media Thursday in a post showing him in a hospital gown. “I guess I’m not invincible,...

FILE - In this March 29, 2019 file photo, a Ukrainian solder checks his weapon as he guards on the contact line in the village of Zolote 4, eastern Ukraine. Top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed ways to advance the peace process for eastern Ukraine on Thursday April 30, 2020, but failed to achieve any tangible progress. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Top diplomats discuss peace plans for eastern Ukraine

Apr. 30, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed ways to advance the peace process for eastern Ukraine in Thursday's call, but failed to achieve any tangible progress. The call follows a December summit in Paris where the leaders of the four nations agreed to make additional...