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Belarusians vote in a tightly controlled election as the opposition calls for its boycott

Feb. 25, 2024 16:24 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Sunday's tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections in Belarus are set to cement the hard-line rule of the country’s authoritarian leader, despite a prominent opposition leader's call for a boycott. President Alexander Lukashenko has ruled...

Serbia protests after Croatia's foreign minister calls Vučić a Russian 'satellite' in the Balkans

Feb. 25, 2024 12:16 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Sunday sent a protest note after Croatia’s foreign minister described President Aleksandar Vučić as a Russian “satellite” in the Balkans. It was the latest spat between the two neighbors, which have been at odds for most of the time since...

Tractor protests threaten to drive the EU's green farming policies into a ditch

Feb. 25, 2024 00:09 AM EST

WESTROZEBEKE, Belgium (AP) — It was the puddles of green sludge left by the tires of massive tractors in western Belgium’s industrial farmlands that drew the attention of biological engineer Ineke Maes. The slime was destructive algae, the result of the excess of chemicals used...

Macron booed by French farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support agriculture

Feb. 24, 2024 10:19 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was greeted with boos and whistles at the opening of the Paris Agricultural Fair on Saturday by angry farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support them. Macron was scheduled to visit the event, which draws crowds of visitors...

Angry French farmers with tractors are back on the streets of Paris for another protest

Feb. 23, 2024 13:39 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Angry farmers were back in Paris on their tractors in a new protest Friday demanding more government support and simpler regulations, on the eve of a major agricultural fair in the French capital. Dozens of tractors drove peacefully into Paris carrying flags from Rural...

Belarus cracks down on clergy who supported protests of its authoritarian leader

Feb. 23, 2024 05:09 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Rev. Viachaslau Barok was a familiar face in Rasony, a town in northern Belarus near the Russian border, overseeing construction of its Roman Catholic church and celebrating Mass daily for two decades. He got into trouble in December 2020, the height of...

Farmers from 10 EU countries join forces — and tractors — to protest agricultural policies

Feb. 22, 2024 22:57 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech farmers were driving their tractors and other vehicles to several border crossings on Thursday to meet their colleagues from neighboring countries and join forces in their protests against European Union agriculture policies, bureaucracy and overall conditions for their...

Pakistan blocks X for the sixth day as activists criticize the social media platform's shutdown

Feb. 22, 2024 15:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's media regulators have blocked the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, with users across the country on Thursday enduring the sixth day of sweeping disruptions, partial and complete shutdowns. There was no comment on the outage by the Pakistan...

Iran starts first election campaign since the 2022 mass protests over Mahsa Amini's death in custody

Feb. 22, 2024 12:17 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Candidates for Iran's parliament began campaigning Thursday in the country's first election since the 2022 crackdown on nationwide protests that followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. Iran's state television said 15,200 candidates will...

Ukraine's fate hangs in the balance, Polish premier says as he moves to secure aid transit route

Feb. 22, 2024 08:49 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Thursday that border crossings with Ukraine are being added to a list of critical infrastructure to ensure that all military and humanitarian aid can reach Ukraine without any delays. Tusk spoke following protests by...