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A woman fights with a police officer as the other police officers detain an opposition supporter protesting the election results as protesters encounter aggressive police tactics in the capital of Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Heavy police cordons blocking Minsk's central squares and avenues didn't discourage the demonstrators who again took to the streets chanting

Over 1,000 detained in latest Belarus election protests

Aug. 12, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police detained over 1,000 people in Belarus during the latest protests against the results of the country's presidential election, officials said Wednesday. Rallies took place in 25 Belarusian cities on Tuesday and overnight, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova told The...

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, speaks at a news conference after the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.The country's central election commission said that with all ballots counted, Lukashenko, who has led Belarus for 26 years, took 80.23% of the vote and his main opposition challenger, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, had only 9.9%.

Protests in Belarus continue despite challenger's departure

Aug. 11, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The top opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election left for Lithuania Tuesday but anti-government demonstrators still turned out for a third straight night to protest the vote results, despite a massive police crackdown that prompted a warning of possible European Union...

Police use truncheons on protesters during a mass protest following presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Thousands of people have protested in Belarus for a second straight night after official results from weekend elections gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, extending his 26-year rule. A heavy police contingent blocked central squares and avenues, moving quickly to disperse protesters and detained dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President...

Officials say Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko took 80% of the vote in election that sparked mass protests

Aug. 10, 2020 3:12 AM EDT
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Officials say Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko took 80% of the vote in election that sparked mass protests.
Demonstrators run away from police as they gather to protest against a result of the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Police and protesters clashed in Belarus' capital and the major city of Brest on Sunday after the presidential election in which the authoritarian leader who has ruled for a quarter-century sought a sixth term in office. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Police break up protests after Belarus presidential vote

Aug. 9, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Phalanxes of Belarusian police in full riot gear violently dispersed thousands of demonstrators who poured into the streets to challenge the early count from Sunday's presidential election indicating the longtime authoritarian leader won a sixth term by a landslide. Hundreds of people...

Belarusian police officers detain a man in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. On Saturday evening, police arrested at least 10 people as hundreds of opposition supporters drove through the center of the capital waving flags and brandishing clenched-fist victory signs from the vehicles' windows. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — After 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus is facing the toughest challenge yet as he runs for a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and the government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition...

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during a early voting ahead of Sunday's election in the western city of Lida, Belarus, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko faces a perfect storm as he seeks a sixth term in Sunday's election after 26 years in office. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Europeans urge fair election in Belarus, criticize run-up

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Top European officials urged Belarusian authorities Friday to ensure a free and fair presidential election this weekend and denounced “unacceptable” restrictions ahead of the vote. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with an iron fist for 26 years,...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greet WWII veterans during an opening ceremony of the monument in honour of the World War II Red Army, in the village of Khoroshevo, just outside Rzhev, about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020,  urged his Belarusian counterpart to release 33 Russian contractors arrested in Belarus on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential vote.  (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Leaders of Russia and Belarus discuss arrested contractors

Aug. 7, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus moved Friday to mend a rift caused by Belarusian authorities' arrest of 33 Russian security contractors on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential election. Belarusian authorities accused the Russian contractors of planning...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, July 19, 2020, Belarusians, some of them wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, in Minsk, Belarus. Previously apolitical, Kseniya Milya was among those who flocked to campaign rallies of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a 37-year old ex-teacher and wife of a jailed opposition blogger, who is challenging Lukashenko in Sunday's vote. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

President's virus swagger fuels anger ahead of Belarus vote

Aug. 7, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As Kseniya Milya's grandfather lay dying of COVID-19 at a hospital in Belarus' capital of Minsk, the country's authoritarian leader was blithely dismissing the pandemic as “psychosis,” and recommending an unusual remedy: Have a regular shot of vodka and work hard in the...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, shakes hand with Ukrainian journalist Dmitro Gordon prior to his interview in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA, Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus' leader of 26 years warns against election protests

Aug. 6, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus warned political opponents Thursday that authorities won't allow any unsanctioned demonstrations following the weekend election in which he is seeking a sixth consecutive term. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with...