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Newly elected prime minister Ingrida Simonyte, speaks to the media, at the Parliament in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Lithuania's parliament approved Ingrida Simonyte as the new prime minister on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Lithuania's parliament OKs new PM, then closes due to virus

Nov. 24, 2020 8:25 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania’s parliament approved Tuesday conservative Ingrida Simonyte as the Baltic country’s next prime minister before shutting down for a week because of a recent COVID-19 spike in the country. Simonyte, 46, will head a three-party center-right coalition after...

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...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont speaks to reporters before surveying storm damage in the area in Westport, Conn. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19, his administration announced late Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Latest: Connecticut governor is self-quarantining

Nov. 13, 2020 11:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. The Democratic governor’s chief spokesperson, Max Reiss, identified himself as the senior staff member who had tested positive, in a release posted to Twitter late Friday. An...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, a view of Belarus's first nuclear plant, near Astravets, Belarus, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Belarus' first nuclear power plant stopped generating electricity the day after it was formally opened by President Alexander Lukashenko and some of its equipment needs to be replaced. A Belarusian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday Nov. 10, 2020 that the Russian-built and financed Astravets plant stopped producing power on Sunday because some electrical equipment broke down. (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP, File)

Belarus nuclear plant stops power output soon after opening

Nov. 10, 2020 12:01 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' first nuclear power plant stopped generating electricity the day after it was formally opened by President Alexander Lukashenko and some of its equipment needs to be replaced, a Belarusian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Lukashenko inaugurated the Russian-built...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, attends the first Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant during the plant's power launch event outside the city of Astravets, Belarus, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday formally opened the country's first nuclear power plant, a project sharply criticized by neighboring Lithuania. Lukashenko said the launch of the Russian-built and -financed Astravyets plant

Belarus opens nuclear plant opposed by neighboring Lithuania

Nov. 7, 2020 8:33 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday formally opened the country’s first nuclear power plant, a project sharply criticized by neighboring Lithuania. Lukashenko said the launch of the Russian-built and -financed Astravyets plant “will serve as an impetus...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by workers smoking outside a retailed shop under renovation at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The majority of the people in the capital city are still wearing masks in outdoor areas even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, while the coronavirus is still surging across the globe with an ever-rising death toll. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China suspends entry for residents of Britain

Nov. 4, 2020 11:53 PM EST

BEIJING — China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders who reside in Britain, reacting to a new surge of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom. The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to Nov. 3, with exceptions for diplomats and some others. Foreign...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, personnel work to begin loading nuclear fuel at Belarus' first nuclear plant which was built by Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom, near Astravets, Belarus. Belarus’ first nuclear power plant has started operating, a project that has spooked its neighbor Lithuania. The Russia-built Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius began generating electricity on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 according to the Belarusian electricity operator Belenergo. Lithuanian authorities long have opposed the plant’s construction, arguing that the project has been plagued by accidents, stolen materials and mistreatment of workers.  (Aksana Manchuk, BelTa, Pool Photo via AP, File)

Belarus cranks up 1st nuclear plant; Lithuania is fearful

Nov. 3, 2020 7:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' first nuclear power plant began operating Tuesday, a project that has spooked its neighbor Lithuania, which immediately cut off importing electricity from Belarus at the news. The Russian-built Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Lithuanian capital...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Belarusian opposition supporters light phones lights and wave an old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has relied on massive arrests and intimidation tactics to hold on to power despite nearly three months of protests sparked by his re-election to a sixth term, but continuing protests have cast an unprecedented challenge to his 26-year rule. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Nearly 3 months after vote, Belarus protests still go strong

Oct. 31, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly three months after Belarus' authoritarian president's re-election to a sixth term in a vote widely seen as rigged, demonstrators keep swarming the streets of Belarusian cities to demand his resignation in the most massive and sustained wave of protests the ex-Soviet nation has...

Lithuania upset over soon-to-open Belarus nuke plant

Oct. 30, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Baltic nation of Lithuania sent a protest note Tuesday to Belarus over a planned nuclear power plant close to their border that is scheduled to start operating in early November. The Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Vilnius, Lithuania’s...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus shuts its borders, Lukashenko reshuffles officials

Oct. 29, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authorities on Thursday shut the borders with several neighbors for most travelers amid the government's efforts to end 2 1/2 months of protests demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader. Belarus' Border Control Committee said the closure of borders with...