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People, most of them elderly women, walk during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. The elderly rallied in Minsk once again on Monday to demand resignation of the country's President Alexander Lukashenko, as mass protests triggered by a disputed election continue to rock Belarus. Lukashenko's older supporters also gathered in the country's capital Monday for a pro-government rally. (AP Photo)

Retirees rally in Belarus against authoritarian president

Oct. 19, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 3,000 retirees rallied in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for a third straight Monday to demand the resignation of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko as mass protests of a disputed election continue to roil the country. They marched through the streets of Minsk carrying...

People with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Tens of thousands rallied in Minsk once again on Sunday, demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader. Mass weekend protests in the Belarusian capital have continued since Aug. 9, when officials handed President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory in an election widely seen as rigged. (AP Photo)

Over 50,000 march in Belarus against authoritarian leader

Oct. 18, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Belarus' capital on Sunday, demanding the ouster of the country's authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. More than 50,000 people took part in the rally in Minsk, according...

Police detain women during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Police in Belarus on Saturday detained scores of demonstrators pushing for the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader after an August election widely seen as manipulated. (AP Photo)

Police in Belarus disperse another protest, detain scores

Oct. 17, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Belarus on Saturday detained scores of demonstrators pushing for the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader of 26 years after an August election widely seen as manipulated. Hundreds of students marched across the capital, chanting “Go away" to demand that...

Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya speaks to the members of press following her meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Canadian FM sees exiled Belarus opposition figure in Vilnius

Oct. 16, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Canada’s foreign minister pledged support for top Belarusian opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is in exile in Lithuania, during a meeting Friday. Francois-Philippe Champagne told Tsikhanouskaya that Canada “will always be on your side.”...

Garik Ovanisyan, right, climbs in a bomb crater at his house destroyed by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery in the town of Martuni, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Heavy fighting is in a third week despite a cease-fire deal. (AP Photo)

Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks

Oct. 14, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated Wednesday, as both sides exchanged accusations and claims of new attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting continues for a third week despite a Russia-brokered cease-fire deal. Russian...

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, former candidate for the Belarus' presidential elections speaks to the members of press following her meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron pushed for European mediation in Belarus political crisis after a meeting with the country’s opposition leader. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Belarus opposition leader threatens nationwide strike

Oct. 13, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The top opposition challenger in the Belarusian presidential election threatened Tuesday to call a nationwide strike unless the country's authoritarian president announces his resignation, releases political prisoners and stops his government's violent crackdown on protesters....

Elderly women hold flowers during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Riot police clashed with protesting pensioners in central Minsk on Monday. The pensioners marched in a column through central Minsk, carrying flowers and posters with slogans such as

Belarus ramps up crackdown on protests, detains over 700

Oct. 12, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus said Monday they detained 713 people during mass protests a day earlier against the reelection of the country's authoritarian leader in a disputed election — the harshest crackdown in weeks on demonstrators. The Interior Ministry reported that out of...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell rings a bell to signal the start of a meeting of European Union foreign ministers at the European Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. European Union foreign ministers were weighing Monday whether to impose sanctions on Russian officials and organizations blamed for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a Soviet-era nerve agent. (Jean-Christophe Verhaegen, Pool via AP)

EU readies sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko

Oct. 12, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned Monday that it has seen no improvement in Belarus and stands ready to impose sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko and other officials if he fails to enter into talks with the opposition and order an end to the crackdown on protesters launched after a...

People wear face masks to protect against coronavirus as they cast their ballots during the parliamentary elections in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Polls opened Sunday for the first round of national election in Lithuania, where voters will renew the 141-seat parliament and the ruling four-party coalition is widely expected to face a stiff challenge from the opposition to remain in office. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Lithuania holds national vote, coalition talks expected

Oct. 11, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanians voted Sunday in the first round of the parliamentary election in which the electorate will choose 141 national lawmakers, and the ruling four-party coalition is facing a stiff challenge from the opposition. After polls had closed at 1700 GMT (1 p.m. EDT), Lithuania's...

People provide a health care to a wounded protester during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday visited a prison to talk to opposition activists, who have been jailed for challenging his re-election that was widely seen as manipulated and triggered two months of protests. (AP Photo)

Rights group: Scores detained during protests in Belarus

Oct. 11, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Scores of people were detained in Belarus on Sunday during protests against the country’s authoritarian leader, who won his sixth term in office in a vote widely seen as rigged, a Belarusian rights group said. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in the Belarusian capital...