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People gesture during a protest at the Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Police in Belarus have dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital's central square, detaining dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus leader cites alleged NATO threat to shore up rule

Aug. 28, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian leader accused NATO on Friday of hatching aggressive plans and threatened neighbors Lithuania and Poland with counter-sanctions as he sought to shore up his 26-year rule amid weeks of demonstrations against his reelection in a vote the opposition says was...

People gesture during a protest at the Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Police in Belarus have dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital's central square, detaining dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

EU firms up Belarus blacklist as OSCE offers to mediate

Aug. 28, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions on up to 20 senior Belarus officials suspected of election fraud and the crackdown on protesters and is likely to put President Alexander Lukashenko on its list at some point, the bloc’s foreign ministers said Friday at a meeting in...

Western Balkan leaders discuss virus impacts, EU membership

Jul. 29, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Government leaders and officials from six Western Balkan nations met for a virtual summit Wednesday to discuss how to prevent and address economic stagnation and social impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that could derail or delay national efforts to join the European Union. The...

Albanian parliament votes against president’s impeachment

Jul. 27, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's parliament voted on Monday against the impeachment of President Ilir Meta over his unsuccessful attempt to cancel local elections last year. Lawmakers voted 78-17, with 8 abstentions, in favor of the recommendations of an inter-party commission which found that Meta should...