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World Jul 14Belarus targets rights activists, journalists with raids
Authorities in Belarus have raided offices and homes of dozens of human rights activists and journalists. The crackdown Wednesday came after the country's authoritarian president promised to "deal with" non-governmental organizations for allegedly fomenting unrest.
World Jul 06Belarus’ presidential hopeful gets 14-year prison sentence
Babariko had hoped to challenge Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, but he was arrested before the country's August 2020 presidential election and prohibited from registering as a candidate.
World Jul 02U.N. documents prisoners’ torture, abuse in Ukrainian conflict
Friday's report issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) noted that prisoners' abuse was particularly rampant in the initial stage of the seven-year conflict but continues to this day.
World Jun 02Ukrainian president says Russian troops remain near Ukraine
Speaking Wednesday during a meeting with a group of visiting U.S. senators, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy charged that Moscow has withdrawn only a fraction of the forces it concentrated near Ukraine in April.
World May 07Ukraine says 2 soldiers killed in east amid Russia tensions
According to Ukraine's military, 36 soldiers have been killed in the east this year. Efforts have stalled to end the conflict between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces, which has killed more than 14,000 people since it broke out in 2014.
Politics May 06Blinken in Ukraine reaffirms U.S. support amid Russia tensions
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with top Ukrainian officials in Kyiv Thursday and reaffirmed Washington's support for the country in the wake of heightened tensions with Russia, fueled by its recent troop buildup near the borders with Ukraine.
World Apr 15Ukraine seeks stronger Western backing amid Russian troop buildup
Ukraine's top diplomat is asking for stronger Western backing amid escalating tensions in the country's east and a Russian troop buildup across the border.
World Sep 23Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony
Several European countries used the occasion to reiterate that they don’t recognize the results of the election and refused to regard Lukashenko as the legitimate president.
World Sep 13Belarus protests enter 6th week, still demand leader resign
Many in the crowd, which the human rights group Viasna estimated as numbering more than 150,000, carried placards critical of Russia, reflecting concerns about President Alexander Lukashenko’s planned meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
World Sep 1210,000 women march to demand that Belarus president resign
About 10,000 women marched noisily through the Belarusian capital on Saturday, beating pots and pans and shouting for the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president in the 35th consecutive day of large anti-government protests.