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A Belarusian soldier casts his ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. After 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus is facing the toughest challenge yet as Alexander Lukashenko runs for a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and his government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition rallies since he became its first and only elected president following the collapse of the Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Tensions rise as Belarus holds presidential vote; aide flees

Aug. 9, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tensions were high in Belarus as the country held a presidential election Sunday. Eight staff members for the main challenger to the authoritarian president were reportedly detained by police and one of the campaign's leading figures fled the country. The election pits President...

Belarusian police officers detain a man in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. On Saturday evening, police arrested at least 10 people as hundreds of opposition supporters drove through the center of the capital waving flags and brandishing clenched-fist victory signs from the vehicles' windows. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — After 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus is facing the toughest challenge yet as he runs for a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and the government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition...

This Tuesday, April 28, 2020 file photo shows Jerome Fedor, left, voting using social distancing at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, in Cleveland, Ohio. Ohio's elections chief says his office plans to remove about 120,000 inactive Ohio voter registrations from state voter rolls after the November election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

Aug. 8, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, the...

This Tuesday, April 28, 2020 file photo shows Jerome Fedor, left, voting using social distancing at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, in Cleveland, Ohio. Ohio's elections chief says his office plans to remove about 120,000 inactive Ohio voter registrations from state voter rolls after the November election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

Aug. 7, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, the...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greet WWII veterans during an opening ceremony of the monument in honour of the World War II Red Army, in the village of Khoroshevo, just outside Rzhev, about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020,  urged his Belarusian counterpart to release 33 Russian contractors arrested in Belarus on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential vote.  (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Leaders of Russia and Belarus discuss arrested contractors

Aug. 7, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus moved Friday to mend a rift caused by Belarusian authorities' arrest of 33 Russian security contractors on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential election. Belarusian authorities accused the Russian contractors of planning...

In this photo made from footage provided by the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, medical workers in protective gear prepare to draw blood from volunteers participating in a trial of a coronavirus vaccine at the Budenko Main Military Hospital outside Moscow, Russia. Russia is boasting that it’s about to be the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, but scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could backfire. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russia's race for virus vaccine raises concerns in the West

Aug. 7, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia boasts that it’s about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials -- and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could backfire....

Piotr Grabarczyk and his boyfriend Kamil Pawlik, right, from Poland, wait for a taxi outside the airport after Grabarczyk arrived in Barcelona, Spain, early Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Like them, many LGBT people are choosing to leave Poland amid rising homophobia promoted by President Andrzej Duda and other right-wing populist politicians in power. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Polish LGBT people leaving as post-vote mood grows hostile

Aug. 6, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a right-wing populist party won the right to govern Poland five years ago, Piotr Grabarczyk feared “bad things” might happen to gay men like him and other LGBT people. He sometimes considered leaving the country, but waited. Friends and a job bound Grabarczyk to...

Trump's Ukraine envoy pick says he'll flag election meddling

Aug. 5, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says he will not meet Americans with overtly partisan political agendas if he is confirmed to the post and will report any attempt to interfere in November’s election. Retired Army Gen. Keith Dayton...

Cyprus' foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides speaks with the Associated Press during an interview at his office in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Christodoulides says the European Union must do more to fill a power vacuum in the eastern Mediterranean brought on by a perceived U.S. disengagement from the region. (AP Photo/Giorgos Christoforou)

Minister: Cyprus can help EU fill east Med 'power void'

Aug. 5, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union must do more to fill a power vacuum in the eastern Mediterranean brought on by a perceived U.S. disengagement from the region, and Cyprus is ready to host an EU task force to achieve that goal, the island nation’s foreign minister said Wednesday. Nikos...

Deputy head of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev pauses, during a meeting with members of the United Russia party's staff in the Gorky residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Medvedev on Wednesday described Belarus' arrest of dozens of Russian private security contractors as a presidential campaign stunt and warned that it would have grave consequences for the ties between the two neighbors and allies. (Yekaterina Shtukina, Sputnik, Photo via AP)

Russia warns Belarus will pay price for contractors' arrests

Aug. 5, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's security chief described the arrest of 33 Russian private military contractors in Belarus as a presidential campaign stunt and warned Wednesday that it would have grave consequences for ties between the two neighbors and allies. Authorities arrested the Russian contractors outside...