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Poland grants visa to Belarus Olympian who fears for safety

Aug. 02, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Poland granted a visa Monday to a Belarusian Olympic sprinter who said she feared for her safety and that her team’s officials tried to force her to fly home, where the autocratic government was accused of diverting a flight to arrest a dissident journalist. ...

EU to aid Lithuania as migrants pour in from Belarus

Aug. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — European Union officials on Monday pledged millions of euros to help Lithuania tackle a migrant crisis that it blames on the government of neighboring Belarus and its authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko. Ylva Johansson, the EU...

Belarus sends reporter to prison over deleted chat messages

Aug. 02, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus convicted a journalist of insulting the president in messages in a deleted chat group and sentenced him to 1 1/2 years in prison, the Belarusian Association of Journalists said Monday. The verdict in the case against Siarhei...

Japan: Belarus runner involved in airport standoff is safe

Aug. 02, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said a Belarus track sprinter was safe Monday after she alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff at Tokyo’s main airport. An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she...

Olympics Latest: Chen wins badminton gold in women's singles

Aug. 01, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Chen Yu Fei of China won gold in women’s singles...

Belarus leader ready to invite Russian troops 'if necessary'

Jul. 30, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president said Friday he's prepared to invite Russian troops into the country if such a move is necessary to ensure the security of both Belarus and Russia. But, President Alexander Lukashenko said, at the moment “there is...

Group: Jailed Belarus journalist needs urgent hospital care

Jul. 29, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Belarusian Association of Journalists on Thursday called on authorities in Belarus to transfer a jailed journalist to a civilian hospital so he could get treatment for a coronavirus-induced pneumonia he has reportedly developed in detention. ...

EU calls for action to beef up Lithuania's Belarus border

Jul. 29, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official is urging member countries to help Lithuania beef up surveillance on its border with Belarus and not to give in to political pressure from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lithuania’s border guard...

Belarus opposition leader seeks new US, European sanctions

Jul. 29, 2021 06:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of Belarus’ embattled opposition hopes the United States and Europe will impose new sanctions on money-making government enterprises that will lead to the collapse of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and a peaceful transition that pro-democracy...

Biden backs embattled democracy movement in Belarus

Jul. 28, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spoke out for embattled pro-democracy forces in Belarus on Wednesday in a White House meeting with that country's main opposition leader. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who was forced to leave Belarus after unsuccessfully challenging...