MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Shrunken in size and struggling for attention, the European Games open Friday as host Belarus seeks to shed its reputation as one of the continent's most isolated...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus on Thursday threatened to retaliate against Russia for what he called its "insolent" trade restrictions.
Belarusian investigators raid independent TV channel
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Investigators in Belarus have searched the office of a leading independent satellite channel as part of a criminal probe.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested an opposition leader and another activist as demonstrators for the second day try to prevent authorities from removing wooden crosses at a...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested 15 demonstrators who were trying to prevent the removal of wooden crosses from a wooded area near the capital of Minsk where tens of thousands...
Belarusian president fires governor over cow welfare
MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has fired three officials including a governor for keeping cows in poor conditions at a local farm.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in the capital of Belarus have blocked several hundred opposition demonstrators from holding a rally and detained some of them.
Anti-government protesters march in Belarusian capital
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — About 2,000 opponents of Belarus' authoritarian government have rallied in the country's capital of Minsk.
The Sunday rally marked the 101st anniversary of the formation...
Belarusian FM lashes out at Russian ambassador
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has lashed out at Russia's ambassador, accusing him of showing disrespect for the country — the latest sign of tensions between the two...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian president of Belarus on Tuesday called for better ties with NATO and lifted restrictions on U.S. diplomats, an apparent bid to win concessions from Moscow...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus once again dismissed the possibility that Russia could incorporate his nation as the two former Soviet republics discuss how to integrate their...
Belarus issues tough warning to Russia over energy dispute
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus has warned Russia that it could lose its ally if it fails to offer compensation for higher oil prices.
President Alexander Lukashenko's statement comes amid a bitter energy dispute that has marred close ties between the two neighbors and allies.
Presidents of Russia, Belarus talk over energy price dispute
MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Belarus met in Moscow Tuesday for talks focused on an energy dispute that clouded ties between the two allies.
Before sitting down with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko harshly criticized tax changes that left his country of 10 million people paying a higher price for Russian oil and gas.
Belarus’ leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus on Friday accused some politicians in Russia of floating the prospect of incorporating his nation, and vowed that he wouldn't let it happen.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko also criticized the Kremlin's plan to raise crude oil prices for Belarus, describing it as part of efforts to persuade his country to join Russia.
Minsk warns against US base in Poland, nixes Russian base
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus has warned his nation would have to beef up its weapons arsenals if the United States sets up a military base in Poland.
Commenting Tuesday on Poland's proposal to host a U.S. base, President Alexander Lukashenko said it would force Belarus to commission new missiles.
But he also reaffirmed that Belarus doesn't need a Russian military base.
Belarus president: Belting a ‘useful’ way to punish children
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian president of Belarus has rejected a prospective law against domestic violence as Western "nonsense," saying that physical punishment could be "useful" in raising children.
President Alexander Lukashenko said a draft bill criminalizing domestic violence needs more work. He told journalists Friday that he is personally against the physical punishment of children, but added that a "good belting could sometimes be useful for a kid."
Belarusian leader Lukashenko fires Cabinet as economy sinks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has fired his Cabinet, emphasizing the need to strengthen the economy to preserve the nation's post-Soviet independence.
Lukashenko said he fired Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov's Cabinet for failing to execute his orders and for paying too little attention to the country's social needs. He appointed banker Sergei Rumas to succeed Kobyakov.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained six journalists in what is being seen by rights activists as an attack on freedom of speech.
Belarus' Investigative Committee on Thursday confirmed the detention of six journalists, including Deutsche Welle's Paulyuk Bykowski. DW lodged a protest.
Authorities say the journalists are charged with getting unsanctioned access to state news agency BelTA, and failing to pay for its information. They face up to two years in prison if convicted.
Authorities in Belarus detain 3 journalists
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained at least three journalists in what some view as an attack on freedom of speech.
Belarus' Investigative Committee said Tuesday the journalists from two leading independent news outlets were detained on charges of getting unsanctioned access to information from the state news BelTA, and failing to pay for it.
They may face up to two years in prison if convicted.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have thwarted the opposition's attempt to hold a rally and have detained several activists.
Tuesday's crackdown in the Belarusian capital of Minsk reflected President Alexander Lukashenko's intolerance for dissent despite his recent overtures to the West.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has named a new ambassador to Sweden, turning the page on a six-year rift that followed a Swedish advertising agency's air drop of teddy bears bearing messages about human rights.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the importance of ties with Sweden while naming the new ambassador. The envoy, Dmitry Mironchik, said Tuesday his appointment marks "the official end of the Ice Age in relations between Belarus and Sweden."
Belarus to require internet comments to be authorized
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The parliament in Belarus has passed a measure prohibiting internet users from commenting on forums without authorization and requiring online publications to register with the government as mass media.
Scores arrested in Belarus opposition protest in Minsk
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Scores of protesters were arrested Sunday in the capital of Belarus as supporters of the country's repressed opposition tried to hold a march.
The attempted demonstration in Minsk was meant to commemorate Belarus' 1918 proclamation of independence from Russia. The Belarusian People's Republic lasted until 1919.
The anniversary is traditionally a day for opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian government to try to rally.
Fed Cup: Belarus and Germany 1-1
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus and Germany finished 1-1 after the opening singles of their Fed Cup World Group tie on Saturday.
After Aryna Sabalenka beat Tatjana Maria, playing her first tie for Germany in seven years, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, Belarus would have expected to go 2-0 up.
But Antonia Lottner, making her Fed Cup debut for Germany, upset Aliaksandra Sasnovich, ranked more than 100 spots higher, 7-5, 6-4.
"I feel amazing," Lottner said. "I was so nervous, my pulse must have been 200 (bpm)."
Belarus blocks access to popular opposition website
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian authorities have blocked access to a popular opposition website over alleged legal violations.
The Information Ministry said Thursday the move came after charter97.org, which features news and commentaries on Belarus, published material that violated the law on mass media. It didn't offer any specifics.
The website's editor, Natalia Radina, said from its office in Warsaw, Poland that the shutdown marks another attempt by the Belarusian government to stifle dissent.
Belarus opposition leader Statkevich detained
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The wife of a leading opposition figure in Belarus says her husband has been detained by the police.
Marina Adamovich says in a Facebook post that she was traveling with her husband, Mykola Statkevich, Monday evening when they were stopped by traffic police, who detained Statkevich.
Adamovich says she wasn't told why he was detained.
Belarusian opposition activists rally, urging leader to go
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Some 200 people rallied on Saturday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, calling for the resignation of the president who has ruled the former Soviet republic since 1994.
Opposition activists carrying Belarusian and European Union flags urged President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. They criticized some of the laws he recently pushed through, including one forcing citizens to register with the state employment exchange or pay a hefty fine.
Venezuelan president visits Belarus, discusses military ties
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has visited Belarus, emphasizing plans to bolster military ties with the ex-Soviet nation.
Speaking at the start of Thursday's talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Maduro said that "cooperation in the military sphere has been very successful and we need to expand it."
Maduro didn't elaborate and details of military cooperation aren't immediately known.
Belarus president: Russian forces won’t stay after war games
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — On the last day of joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises that rattled the countries' neighbors, the president of Belarus says all Russian forces will leave his country when the war games are over.
Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states all expressed worry that the weeklong exercises could foretell Russian offensives on their territory and that Russian troops would remain in Belarus.
Belarus opposition leader Statkevich jailed for 15 days
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The wife of prominent Belarusian opposition figure Nikolai Statkevich says he has been sent to jail for 15 days after being seized by police in the capital.
Marina Adamovich said Statkevich, a former presidential candidate, was detained midday Saturday in the capital of Minsk. He had been sentenced in absentia about two weeks ago on charges of organizing a demonstration in July against the massive military exercises that are planned for next month with Russia.
MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called the country's national hockey team "spineless" after it failed to qualify for the playoffs at the world championships.
Lukashenko, an authoritarian leader who has held power since 1994, told government officials the Belarusian players lack ambition, have "no commitment at all" and are "absolutely spineless."
Skill, fitness and teamwork are all lacking, he added.
Belarus opposition leader jailed before planned protest
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The wife of a leading opposition figure in Belarus says he has been arrested and jailed on the eve of a planned protest.
Maria Adamovich said Sunday that she was informed by police Saturday that her husband, Nikolai Statkevich, had been jailed for five days. She said that police didn't say why.
Russian rockets fuel tensions in the Balkans
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is seeking a Russian air defense system in addition to fighter jets and battle tanks, Serbian officials say, in what could fuel tensions in the Balkans.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said he negotiated the purchase of the S-300 anti-aircraft rockets during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko last month.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Four Belarusian opposition activists have been detained after they attempted to hold a protest rally in Minsk, the capital.
Hundreds of people were arrested over the weekend after unsanctioned protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk. The protests followed sporadic demonstrations across the country over the past two months, an unusually persistent show of defiance in the former Soviet republic.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Belarusian human rights group says more than 1,000 people have been arrested for weekend protests in the former Soviet Republic and that about 150 of them have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 25 days.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus' capital have arrested demonstrators who were demanding to know the whereabouts of friends and relatives detained in the breakup of a mass protest.
The human rights organization Vesna said about 30 people were arrested on Sunday. They were among about 100 people who tried to assemble on Minsk's central square.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital — a human rights group said more than 400 people were arrested and many were beaten.
The demonstrators had hoped to build on a rising wave of defiance of the former Soviet republic's authoritarian government, led by President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994.
Belarus arrests 26 opposition activists
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus say that 26 opposition activists have been arrested in recent days and are facing criminal charges.
The former Soviet nation's security agency, the KGB, said Thursday that 26 people had been detained and weapons including grenades were found during 29 apartment searches, according to a statement cited by Belarusian media reports.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus' president said Tuesday that about 20 militants have been arrested for seeking to fuel unrest in the ex-Soviet nation, a statement that comes amid mounting social protests.
Alexander Lukashenko said the militants were preparing an "armed provocation," adding that they had undergone training in neighboring Ukraine and received money from EU members Poland and Lithuania.
MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Belarus says Western intelligence agencies are using a "fifth column" to cause unrest and threaten the stability of his regime.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the former Soviet republic in recent weeks to protest an unpopular labor law, the largest anti-government demonstrations in Belarus for years.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several thousand Belarusians rallied Wednesday to protest an unpopular labor law in a challenge to the ex-Soviet nation's longtime ruler.
The march in the capital Minsk and smaller rallies at several other Belarusian cities were the latest in a series of demonstrations against the law, which obliges citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with state labor exchanges.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Belarusian human rights group says more than 30 activists along with a dozen journalists have been detained by police amid protests in four cities.
Sunday's protests in Orsha, Babruysk, Brest and Rahachow were the latest in an unusual wave of demonstrations that have occurred for weeks in the authoritarian country, focusing on a law that fines unemployed people $250 if they don't register with state labor exchanges.
3 Belarus opposition leaders sentenced to 15 days
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Belarusian human rights group says three top figures from country's beleaguered political opposition have been sentenced to 15 days in jail following an unauthorized protest.
The Vesna group said Saturday that 10 other protesters were given sentences of three to five days.
7 reported held after unsanctioned Belarus protest
MALADZYECHNA, Belarus (AP) — A Belarusian human rights organization says seven opposition activists have been detained by police after an unsanctioned protest by more 1,000 people in a provincial city.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus has suspended collection of a fee from the unemployed which had sparked an unusual wave of protests throughout the authoritarian country.
A two-year-old law called for a fine equivalent to $250 for anyone who had been unemployed for six months but who had not registered with state labor exchanges.
EU extends arms embargo, some sanctions against Belarus
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended its arms embargo and some targeted sanctions against Belarus for another year after it saw insufficient progress to end them.
Beyond the arms embargo, the EU nations also kept an asset freeze and travel ban in place against four people who have been linked to the disappearance of two Belarus opposition leaders, a businessman and a journalist.
Spate of protests breaks out in Belarus
MOSCOW (AP) — News media in Belarus are reporting sizable protests in five cities against an unpopular labor law that obliges citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with state labor exchanges.
Russia-Belarus rift grows as Putin loses patience
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In more than two decades in power, the autocratic leader of Belarus has cast his nation as Moscow's closest ally, securing tens of billions of dollars in Russian subsidies.
Belarus launches probe of Russian food safety officials
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian Interior Ministry has launched a criminal probe against Russia's food safety officials, the latest move in an escalating spat between the two ex-Soviet neighbors and allies.
The ministry's statement Tuesday follows a directive from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who said Sergei Dankvert, the head of the Russian food safety watchdog, must be investigated for "damaging the state." Lukashenko's move Friday has drawn an angry response from the Kremlin.
Belarusian leader lashes out at Russia
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In a sign of growing friction between the two ex-Soviet neighbors, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized Russia Friday for cutting oil supplies, ordered his interior minister to press charges against Russia's top food safety official and firmly refused to host a Russian air base.