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Belarusian women with umbrellas in the colors of the old Belarusian national flag take part in an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Several hundred women have marched under heavy rain across the Belarusian capital to demand the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president. (AP Photo)

Belarus: Protesters keep up push for president's resignation

Oct. 24, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several hundred women marched across the capital of Belarus in heavy rain Saturday to demand the resignation of the country's authoritarian president, continuing more than 2 1/2 months of protests against his challenged reelection to a sixth term. The demonstrations were triggered by...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, talks with Sergei Naryshkin, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.  Lukashenko thanked Naryshkin for sharing intelligence information with Belarus. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Russian spymaster says Belarus protests fueled from abroad

Oct. 22, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign intelligence chief said Thursday during a visit to Belarus that the 2 1/2 months of protests since the country's presidential election have been fomented from abroad. Belarus has been rocked by massive demonstrations against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko's...

People, most of them elderly women, walk during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. The elderly rallied in Minsk once again on Monday to demand resignation of the country's President Alexander Lukashenko, as mass protests triggered by a disputed election continue to rock Belarus. Lukashenko's older supporters also gathered in the country's capital Monday for a pro-government rally. (AP Photo)

Retirees rally in Belarus against authoritarian president

Oct. 19, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 3,000 retirees rallied in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for a third straight Monday to demand the resignation of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko as mass protests of a disputed election continue to roil the country. They marched through the streets of Minsk carrying...

People with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Tens of thousands rallied in Minsk once again on Sunday, demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader. Mass weekend protests in the Belarusian capital have continued since Aug. 9, when officials handed President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory in an election widely seen as rigged. (AP Photo)

Over 50,000 march in Belarus against authoritarian leader

Oct. 18, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Belarus' capital on Sunday, demanding the ouster of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. More than 50,000 people took part in the rally in Minsk, according...

Police detain women during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Police in Belarus on Saturday detained scores of demonstrators pushing for the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader after an August election widely seen as manipulated. (AP Photo)

Police in Belarus disperse another protest, detain scores

Oct. 17, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Belarus on Saturday detained scores of demonstrators pushing for the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader of 26 years after an August election widely seen as manipulated. Hundreds of students marched across the capital, chanting “Go away" to demand that...

Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya speaks to the members of press following her meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Canadian FM sees exiled Belarus opposition figure in Vilnius

Oct. 16, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Canada’s foreign minister pledged support for top Belarusian opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is in exile in Lithuania, during a meeting Friday. Francois-Philippe Champagne told Tsikhanouskaya that Canada “will always be on your side.”...

Garik Ovanisyan, right, climbs in a bomb crater at his house destroyed by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery in the town of Martuni, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal. (AP Photo)

Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks

Oct. 14, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated Wednesday, as both sides exchanged accusations and claims of new attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting continues for a third week despite a Russia-brokered cease-fire deal. Russian...

Elderly women hold flowers during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Riot police clashed with protesting pensioners in central Minsk on Monday. The pensioners marched in a column through central Minsk, carrying flowers and posters with slogans such as

Belarus ramps up crackdown on protests, detains over 700

Oct. 12, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus said Monday they detained 713 people during mass protests a day earlier against the reelection of the country's authoritarian leader in a disputed election — the harshest crackdown in weeks on demonstrators. The Interior Ministry reported that out of...

People provide a health care to a wounded protester during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday visited a prison to talk to opposition activists, who have been jailed for challenging his re-election that was widely seen as manipulated and triggered two months of protests. (AP Photo)

Rights group: Scores detained during protests in Belarus

Oct. 11, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Scores of people were detained in Belarus on Sunday during protests against the country’s authoritarian leader, who won his sixth term in office in a vote widely seen as rigged, a Belarusian rights group said. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in the Belarusian capital...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. (Maxim Guchek, BelTA/Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus' authoritarian leader visits his foes in prison

Oct. 10, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president on Saturday visited a prison to talk to opposition activists, who have been jailed for challenging his re-election that was widely seen as manipulated and triggered two months of protests. President Alexander Lukashenko spent more than four hours...