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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...

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....

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 file photo, Board member of an NGO organization that monitors racism and xenophobia, Rafal Gawel, stands in his office in Warsaw, Poland shortly after it was raided by the police who seized computers. Norway has granted asylum to a Polish man who had fled prison term for fraud and forging of documents, but says the prison term was a form of political persecution under Poland's right-wing government. Observers say that Rafal Gawel's case is the first time political asylum has been granted to a Pole in more then 30 years since communism was ousted from Poland.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

Norway grants asylum to fugitive Pole, raising controversy

Oct. 12, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Norway has granted asylum to a Polish man who had fled prison term for fraud and forging of documents, but says the prison term was a form of political persecution under Poland's right-wing government. Observers say that Rafal Gawel's case is the first time political asylum has been...

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...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. (Maxim Guchek, BelTA/Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus' authoritarian leader visits his foes in prison

Oct. 10, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president 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. President Alexander Lukashenko spent more than four hours...

The E. Barrett Prettyman United States Court House is seen, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Singapore man sentenced to prison for spying for China in US

Oct. 9, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man from Singapore was sentenced to 14 months in prison Friday for spying by passing to the Chinese government valuable, but unclassified, military and political information that he had duped Americans into giving him. Jun Wei Yeo admitted participating in an elaborate ruse under the...

Police use a water cannon toward demonstrators during a rally in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians have been protesting daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election. (AP Photo)

Over 100,000 march in Belarus against authoritarian leader

Oct. 4, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than 100,000 people marched in Belarus' capital on Sunday to protest against the country's authoritarian leader, who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, and freedom for...

Lawyer: Iran grants furlough to French-Iranian researcher

Oct. 4, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has indefinitely furloughed a prominent researcher with dual French-Iranian citizenship who was imprisoned on security charges, her lawyer said Sunday. Although not fully released, Fariba Adelkhah was granted a furlough with no deadline “until further notice,” her...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 21, 2014 file photo, Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski is welcomed by his supporters at a railway terminal in Minsk, Belarus. The prominent Belarus opposition figure Ales Bialiatski and leading imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh have been awarded the 2020 Swedish Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” along with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko, File)

Belarus activist shares ‘Alternative Nobel’ with 3 others

Oct. 1, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A prominent Belarus opposition figure and an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer on Thursday were awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” together with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. Ole von Uexkull, the head...

A man walks in front of a billboard of the United Democratic Party outside the party's headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Kyaw Myint, the chairman of the United Democratic Party, has been arrested as a fugitive from justice after recent reports in Myanmar media contained allegations of a shady past, including financial finagling and a prison escape. The party is fielding the second highest number of candidates for the November elections, and other party executives say it will carry on campaigning. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar political party chief arrested for prison escape

Sep. 30, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The leader of a party fielding the second highest number of candidates for Myanmar’s November elections has been arrested after local media reported allegations of a shady past, including a prison escape and financial finagling. Despite the arrest of Kyaw Myint, another...