France beats Romania in doubles to reach Fed Cup final
ROUEN, France (AP) — Caroline Garcia held her nerve on serve in the decisive doubles match as France reached the Fed Cup final with a nail-biting 3-2 win Sunday against a Simona Halep-inspired...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian Ashleigh Barty beat doubles partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-6 (2), 6-3 to level their Fed Cup semifinal at 1-1 on Saturday.
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...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Defending champion Kiki Bertens and third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, both among the top 10 players in the world, lost Thursday at the Volvo Car Open.
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...
The stars of last year's World Cup had to dig deep as European Championship qualifying began Thursday.
World Cup finalist Croatia nearly dropped points against Azerbaijan, only to be saved...
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) — Ukrainian police said 15 officers were injured Saturday in a clash with far-right demonstrators who disrupted a campaign appearance of President Petro Poroshenko.
Ukrainian presidential ballot to have 39 names
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The ballot for Ukraine's presidential election will include 39 candidates, a marginally slimmer field after five contenders dropped out in recent days.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko on Thursday promised life imprisonment for anyone convicted of military corruption allegations, including the incumbent...
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...
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Ukraine: Court ruling on law means end for corruption cases
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's Constitutional Court has struck down a law against officials enriching themselves, a move that raised concerns Wednesday about a weakening of the country's fight...
Ukraine drops out of Eurovision after spat with singer
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine has pulled out of this year's Eurovision song contest following a politically-tinged dispute between the singer who won the national competition and the country's...
Serbia takes delivery of 4 more Russian-made fighter jets
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia took delivery of four Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus on Monday, the defense ministry said, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in...
Arsenal stunned by Borisov in Europa League, Chelsea wins
Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov in the first leg of the Europa League's round of 32 on Thursday, while crosstown rival Chelsea shook off its recent struggles with a 2-1 win at Malmo.
Ukraine bars entry to Russian Church-affiliated bishop
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Ukrainian Border Guards Service says it has stripped a Russian Church-affiliated bishop of his Ukrainian citizenship and barred him from entering the country.
Border Guards spokesman Oleh Slobodyan said on Thursday that Bishop Gedeon was stopped as he tried to fly into the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Slobodyan said the priest, who is father superior in a renowned monastery in Kiev, has been engaged in "anti-Ukrainian activities."
Belarus editor on trial, faces possible 5-year sentence
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The editor of the largest independent news website in Belarus is on trial for professional malfeasance in a case that could bring her a five-year prison sentence if convicted.
Tut.by editor Marina Zolatava's trial began on Tuesday. She is charged in connection with other Tut journalists' obtaining the password of the state news agency Belta and using it to get unauthorized access to subscriber-only material.
Belarusian student stabs and kills teacher and classmate
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus' Interior Ministry says a high school student has stabbed and killed his teacher and a classmate at a high school.
The ministry said the tenth-grader attacked the history teacher before she started her lesson Monday. He also stabbed two classmates who tried to protect the teacher at a school in the town of Stolbtsy, 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the capital, Minsk.
Romania upsets Czechs in Fed Cup, Australia beats US
Romania upset defending champion Czech Republic 3-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup on Sunday, along with France, Belarus and Australia.
Romania reached the semifinals for the first time after its first victory against the Czechs, who won six titles in the last eight years.
Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-five contest with a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 win over Czech pair Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova in the doubles.
Fed Cup: France and Belarus lead 2-0; Czechs and US tied
France and Belarus were in command of their Fed Cup first-round ties while 2018 finalists the Czech Republic and the United States were level in their ties on Saturday.
Australian Open semifinalist Karolina Pliskova won the first point for the Czechs against Romania after easing past Mihaela Burzanescu 6-1, 6-4 on an indoor hard-court in Ostrava.
But Simona Halep won the second singles by routing Katerina Siniakova, the star of last year's final victory against the United States, 6-4, 6-0.
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Ramanouskaya, Burov take home gold in aerials at worlds
DEER VALLEY, Utah (AP) — Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya of Belarus captured her first major title with a win in the women's aerials at the world championships.
Ramanouskaya's run on Wednesday night eclipsed runner-up Liubov Nikitina of Russia. China's Xu Mengtao earned the bronze.
Defending champion Ashley Caldwell of Ashburn, Virginia, took fifth in her return from a shoulder injury.
Fernandez retires with 7th European figure skating title
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Javier Fernandez ended an illustrious figure skating career with his seventh consecutive European title after Russian rival Mikhail Kolyada floundered in the free skate on Saturday.
Fernandez was third after the short program but in the free skate he stormed into the lead with two quadruple jumps and 179.75 points for a total of 271.59.
Samodurova beats Zagitova to European figure skating gold
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sofia Samodurova stormed past fellow Russian and Olympic champion Alina Zagitova to win the European figure skating title on Friday.
Samodurova's clean free skate included seven triple jumps and scored a personal best 140.96 for a total of 213.84, 15.50 points ahead of Zagitova in the duel of the two 16-year-olds.
Zagitova, who led after the short program, fell on a triple toe loop and put her hand down on a triple lutz. She was tearful when receiving her marks.
Kolyada leads short program at Europeans, Fernandez 3rd
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Russian figure skater Mikhail Kolyada is on track for his first European title after beating six-time defending champion Javier Fernandez in the short program on Thursday, while France claimed its first European pairs gold in 87 years.
Ukrainian court convicts ex-president of treason
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday sentenced former President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of treason and helping Russian aggression.
There was no immediate reaction from Yanukovych to the decision by a court in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.
Zagitova wobbles but leads European champs short program
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova wobbled but still took the lead in Wednesday's short program at the European Championships.
The defending champion from Russia survived an under-rotated triple loop and a shaky landing on a triple flip to score 75 points — a relatively low score by her standards but still more than second-place teammate Sofia Samodurova with 72.88.
Ukraine OKs property law that could affect 12,000 churches
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian Orthodox church was granted independence.
The bill could potentially affect some 12,000 churches in Ukraine and vast amounts of property, including the gems of Orthodox Christianity like the vast Pechersk Monastery in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Model who said she has dirt on Russian oligarch speaks out
MOSCOW (AP) — An imprisoned model from Belarus who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president has told Russian media that she can't wait to be released.
Anastasia Vashukevich who has been in a Thai prison since February last year was given a suspended sentenced on Tuesday and ordered to be deported after she pleaded guilty to soliciting and conspiracy.
Belarus model arrested for Thai sex seminar pleads guilty
PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — A model from Belarus who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Thai court in a case related to holding a sex training seminar and will be deported.
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.
UK defense chief takes Black Sea ride on Ukrainian gunboat
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Britain's defense minister has taken a ride aboard a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Black Sea in a gesture of support after last month's naval clash between Russia and Ukraine.
On Nov. 26, Russian coast guard vessels fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval ships in the Black Sea as they tried to sail to Ukrainian ports on the nearby Sea of Azov. Russia also detained the ships' 24 crewmen.
5-time champion Sevilla to play Lazio in Europa League
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Five-time champion Sevilla has been drawn to face Lazio in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Sevilla, which has won all five of its titles since 2006, is in second place in Spain and Lazio is fifth in Serie A.
Arsenal landed another long trip and will play BATE Borisov in the first leg in Belarus after group games in Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine.
Speaking the day after Ukrainian bishops approved the charter for a religious authority separate from the Russian Orthodox Church, Epiphanius appealed to Ukrainian priests who have worked under the Russian church to join his new community.
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.
Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.
Europe to face US in track meet before 2019 worlds
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States will face Europe in a track and field meet in Belarus ahead of the world championships in September.
European Athletics says it has signed a deal with USA Track & Field for the Sept. 9-10 event at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. The world championships open on Sept. 27 in Doha, Qatar.
Winners of individual events in Minsk will get 7,000 euros ($7,900) in prize money, and relay teams will share 6,000 euros ($6,800).
Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soon
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels two weeks ago.
Ukrainian authorities: We thwarted ‘massive’ cyberattack
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian authorities say they've thwarted a huge cyberattack and are blaming Russia for the alleged digital assault as tensions between the two countries have flared.
The Security Service of Ukraine said in a statement that hackers used malicious accounting documents to target the information technology systems of the country's judiciary.
Ukrainians protest as gas dispute leaves scores freezing
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Angry Ukrainians took to the streets and blocked roads Tuesday as hundreds of thousands remain without heating at a time when temperatures are plunging because of a dispute between the national gas company and regional utility providers.
Ukraine rebel regions vote in ballot that West calls bogus
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Residents of the eastern Ukraine regions controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels voted Sunday for local governments in elections denounced by Kiev and the West.
The elections were to choose heads of government and legislature members in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, where separatists have fought Ukrainian forces since the spring of 2014 in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people.
Inexperienced US faces weakened Czechs in Fed Cup final
PRAGUE (AP) — United States captain Kathy Rinaldi has had a winning formula since taking over the Fed Cup team, and she's not expected to change anything in this year's final against the Czech Republic.
Under her charge since 2017, the U.S. has won five straight matches, including last year's final against Belarus.