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

IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

Jan. 18, 2021 2:22 PM EST

ZURICH (AP) — The hockey world championships were pulled from Belarus on Monday following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors. The International Ice Hockey Federation cited safety concerns and said it will seek a new country to co-host the tournament with Latvia or host it...

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...

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)

Belarus leader defends hosting hockey worlds, ridicules US

Jan. 11, 2021 12:10 PM EST

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko defended his country’s ability to host the ice hockey world championship on Monday by ridiculing the United States following the violent attack at the Capitol. The authoritarian leader met with International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel for talks amid...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2020, file photo, pro-democracy activists, including Lee Cheuk-Yan, right, hold placards with the picture of journalist Zhang Zhan as they march to the Chinese central government's liaison office, in Hong Kong. Although human rights campaigners around the globe were stunned to see a raging mob storm the U.S. Capitol, they say they were heartened and inspired because the system ultimately prevailed. Facing charges of unlawful assembly for organizing a banned pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong last year, Lee worries that the rampage strengthens the hand of the Chinese territory's Communist rulers in Beijing, offering a propaganda opportunity to denigrate democracy that Chinese state-controlled media seized upon. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Pro-democracy activists heartened by US system's resilience

Jan. 8, 2021 12:51 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Stunned and riveted by the riot that engulfed the U.S. Capitol, pro-democracy and human rights campaigners around the world also were reassured -- because, ultimately, democracy held. The system was tested but not toppled. “The institutions came through and defended democracy....

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...

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...

Opposition activist Nina Baginskaya, 73, center, struggles with police during a Belarusian opposition supporters rally at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Police in Belarus have dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital's central square, detaining dozens. The crackdown in Independence Square on Wednesday comes on the 18th straight day of protests pushing for the resignation of Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

EU adds dozens more Belarus officials to sanctions list

Dec. 17, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed a new round of sanctions on Belarus, targeting dozens more officials over their role in the security crackdown launched after the contested presidential elections in August. The sanctions include a ban on travel in the 27-nation bloc and freezes the...

Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya holds a picture of Belarusian politician Mikalai Statkevich as she gives a speech during the Sakharov Prize ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarusian democratic opposition. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus opposition calls for EU support as it collects prize

Dec. 16, 2020 9:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Belarus presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged the European Union to step up its support for embattled democracy protesters in her country, as she picked up the EU’s top human rights prize Wednesday on behalf of a group of opposition leaders. “Without a...

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...