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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016, file photo, Belarus guard Lindsey Harding (12) controls the rebound next to teammate Yelena Leuchanka, center, and Australia center Liz Cambage, rear, during the second half of a women's basketball game at the Youth Center at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has been a difficult last few months for former Belarus star basketball player Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she has been in Greece. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Yelena Leuchanka reflects on jail time for Belarus protest

Nov. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EST

It's been a difficult last few months for former Belarus basketball star Yelena Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed reelection, and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she's been in Greece. “I...

Belarusian pensioners wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus attend an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.  Large crowds of retirees have protested in the Belarusian capital to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in a disputed election. Over 2,000 pensioners marched down a central avenue in Minsk in what has turned into a regular Monday rally. (AP Photo)

Belarus pensioners march demanding leader's resignation

Nov. 23, 2020 12:49 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of retirees staged a protest in the Belarusian capital on Monday to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth terms in office in a disputed election. Over 2,000 pensioners were estimated to have marched down a central avenue in Minsk in...

Belarusian riot police detain a demonstrator during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The Belarusian human rights group Viasna says more than 140 people have been arrested and many of them beaten by police during protests calling for the country's authoritarian president to resign. The demonstrations that attracted thousands were the 16th consecutive Sunday of large protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP Photo)

More than 300 detained by police in Belarus protests

Nov. 22, 2020 1:59 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Belarusian human rights group Viasna says that more than 300 people were arrested and many of them beaten by police during protests calling for the country’s authoritarian president to resign. The demonstrations that attracted thousands were the 16th consecutive Sunday of...

People stand in line to pay their respects to Roman Bondarenko, an anti-government protester who died in hospital following what witnesses said was a severe beating by security forces, during a funeral ceremony in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo)

Thousands mourn death of Belarus protester seized by police

Nov. 20, 2020 12:40 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of Belarusians streamed to a church in the capital of Minsk on Friday for the funeral of a protester who was allegedly beaten to death after being arrested by police. Raman Bandarenka's death on Nov. 12 angered opposition supporters who have held near-daily demonstrations...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a news conference following a Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU plans to expand Belarus crackdown sanctions to businesses

Nov. 19, 2020 10:14 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to prepare a new round of sanctions against Belarus that will target businesses, the EU's foreign policy chief said Thursday as a security crackdown on protesters continues in the ex-Soviet nation. European foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after a meeting of...

Belarus nuclear plant resumes producing electricity

Nov. 19, 2020 8:04 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' nuclear power plant, which went out of service a few days after it started operating, resumed producing electricity, officials said Thursday. The country's energy ministry said the reactor in the plant's first unit is working at 40% of its 1,200-megawatt capacity and is...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus gestures as she attends a pensioners' opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Crowds of retirees marched down the streets of the Belarusian capital on Monday, demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian president and to end the government crackdown on peaceful protesters. (AP Photo)

Retirees protest Belarus leader on 100th day since vote

Nov. 16, 2020 11:50 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Crowds of retirees marched Monday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, marking 100 days since mass protests began and became an almost-daily feature of life in the country after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term in a widely disputed election. More than...

Belarusian riot police detain a demonstrator during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. A Belarusian human rights group says more than 500 people have been arrested in protests around the country calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. The Sunday demonstrations continued to wave of near-daily protests that have gripped Belarus since early August. (AP Photo)

900 reported arrested in Belarus protests

Nov. 15, 2020 4:34 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A human rights group in Belarus said more than 900 people were arrested Sunday in protests around the country calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. The demonstrations continued the wave of near-daily protests that have gripped Belarus since early...

People gather to honor 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka, who died Thursday at a Minsk hospital after several hours of surgery due to serious injuries in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Thousands of people have rallied in Belarus on Friday following the death of a 31-year-old opposition supporter who died in a hospital after he was reportedly beaten by security forces, and the European Union condemned the continued violent crackdown that Belarusian authorities have waged on peaceful protesters. (AP Photo)

Outrage in Belarus, EU after opposition supporter death

Nov. 13, 2020 12:39 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in Belarus on Friday following the death of a 31-year-old opposition supporter who reportedly was beaten by security forces, and the European Union condemned the violent crackdown that Belarusian authorities have continued to enforce against peaceful...

Police detain a man during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Club-swinging police went after demonstrators in the Belarusian capital who were demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian president on Sunday, the 90th consecutive day of protests in the country. Human rights activists said nearly 400 people were arrested. (AP Photo)

Belarus rights group counts 900 cases against opposition

Nov. 12, 2020 2:08 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A human rights group said Thursday that authorities in Belarus have brought more than 900 criminal cases carrying potential yearslong prison sentences against opposition figures and protesters in connection with the country's challenged presidential election and the anti-government...