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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, greets International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Decision on Belarus hockey worlds near amid sponsor pressure

Jan. 17, 2021 2:28 PM EST

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The International Ice Hockey Federation will make a decision in the coming days on whether to pull its world championship from Belarus as pressure increases from sponsors over a crackdown on opposition groups in the country. German motor oil manufacturer Liqui Moly said...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2020 file photo, Belarus Roman Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz leads a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of Saints Simon and Helena during in Minsk, Belarus. Pope Francis on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, accepted the resignation of Minsk’ archbishop who had been blocked for months by Belarusian authorities from returning to his homeland after criticizing crackdowns on anti-government protests there. (AP Photo)

Prelate blocked for months by Belarus resigns Minsk post

Jan. 3, 2021 9:03 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday accepted the resignation of Minsk’ archbishop who had been blocked for months by Belarusian authorities from returning to his homeland after criticizing a crackdown on anti-government protesters there. Monsignor Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, in charge of the...

Rights group: 13 detained during rallies in Belarus

Dec. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A human rights group said that 13 people were detained in Belarus on Sunday during the traditional weekend protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, who won his sixth term in office in a disputed election. Local media reported that groups of people took part in small rallies...

In this handout photo, Belarusian riot police officers stand next to detained after an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results demonstrators inside a police station in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. More than 30,000 people have been detained for taking part in protests against the re-election of Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in the Aug. 9 presidential vote that was widely seen as rigged with fraud. The protests, some of which attracted up to 200,000 people, now have entered their fifth month. (Handout photo via AP)

Virus besets Belarus prisons filled with president's critics

Dec. 26, 2020 3:32 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A wave of COVID-19 has engulfed prisons in Belarus that are packed with people in custody for demonstrating against the nation’s authoritarian president, and some of the protesters who contracted the coronavirus while incarcerated accuse authorities of neglecting or even...

Belarus Roman Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz leads a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of Saints Simon and Helena during in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Belarusian authorities have allowed Roman Catholic priest Kondrusiewicz to return to the country after denying him entry for months. Kondrusiewicz was barred from entering the ex-Soviet nation for nearly four months after his criticism of the Belarusian authorities' crackdown on protests. (AP Photo)

Belarus allows Roman Catholic archbishop to return

Dec. 25, 2020 8:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian authorities have allowed a Roman Catholic priest to return to the country after denying him entry for months. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk and Mohilev arrived in Belarus on Thursday. Kondrusiewicz was barred from entering the ex-Soviet nation for nearly four months...

About 100 anti-govt protesters detained in Belarus capital

Dec. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Around 100 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday during anti-government protests that were prompted by the reelection of the country’s authoritarian leader and continued for over four months. Crowds of people have taken part in dozens of small rallies...

EU prolongs sanctions against Russia over Ukraine conflict

Dec. 17, 2020 10:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday formally prolonged for six months economic sanctions against Russia over the country's failure to live up to commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine. The measures target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as goods that can be...

Rights group: Scores detained at retirees' rally in Belarus

Dec. 14, 2020 1:57 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A human rights group said that dozens of people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Monday during the traditional weekly rally of retirees against President Alexander Lukashenko, who won his sixth term in office in a disputed election. Between 100 and 150 people were estimated...

Demonstrators wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus carry old Belarusian national flags during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Protests in Belarus have continued for almost four months after President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term in office in an election the opposition says was rigged. (AP Photo)

Protesters in Belarus keep pushing for leader's resignation

Dec. 13, 2020 1:09 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Crowds of people took to the streets Sunday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk in a weekly protest against the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in a disputed election. Thousands were estimated to have taken part in small rallies scattered around...

Riot police block Belarusian pensioners wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Several hundreds of retirees Monday took the streets of the Belarusian capital to demand the ousting of President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus' authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in a widely disputed election. (AP Photo)

Retirees protest against Belarus' hardline leader

Dec. 7, 2020 12:04 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several hundred retirees took to the streets of the Belarusian capital Monday to demand the ouster of President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus' authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in a widely disputed election. The demonstrators gathered on one of the central squares...