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UN experts call on authorities in Belarus to pardon a cancer-stricken imprisoned opposition leader

Feb. 27, 2024 08:45 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Experts from the U.N. Human Rights Commission appealed to Belarusian authorities on Monday to pardon an opposition politician diagnosed with a severe form of cancer while in prison. Ryhor Kastusiou, 66, the leader of the Belarusian Popular Front, or BPF,...

Lithuania to close 2 more checkpoints with Russian ally Belarus as tensions along the border rise

Feb. 21, 2024 09:57 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania decided Wednesday to seal off another two of its six checkpoints with Belarus as of next month, amid growing tensions with its eastern neighbor, an ally of Russia. This brings the total of closed border crossings into the Baltic country to four. ...

Estonia detains 10 people suspected of committing sabotage on orders from Russia

Feb. 20, 2024 11:10 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s domestic security agency said on Tuesday that it had apprehended 10 people suspected of sabotage and of spreading fear and creating tension within the Baltic country in a coordinated “hybrid operation” by Russia’s special services. Among the...

Today in History: February 16, Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba

Feb. 16, 2024 00:14 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2024. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. ...

Russia puts leader of NATO member Estonia on a wanted list over removal of Soviet-era monuments

Feb. 13, 2024 12:49 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s prime minister has been put on a wanted list in Russia because of her efforts to remove Soviet-era World War II monuments in the Baltic nation, officials said Tuesday as tensions between Russia and the West soar amid the war in Ukraine. The name...

Cyprus-led sting operation busts illegal European immigration ring that arranged sham marriages

Jan. 31, 2024 14:14 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus officials said Wednesday they led a Europol-organized sting operation that dismantled an international criminal ring facilitating illegal immigration and residency in European Union countries using dozens of sham marriages on the east Mediterranean island nation. ...

Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda says he'll seek reelection in 2024 for another 5-year term

Dec. 07, 2023 10:30 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania’s president announced Thursday he will seek reelection for another five-year term as the leader of the Baltic nation that is a member of the European Union and NATO. President Gitanas Nauseda announced his intention to run as a candidate in...