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French ambassador leaves Belarus after President Lukashenko’s government expels him

France’s ambassador to Belarus has left the country after the Belarus government ordered him out. An embassy spokesperson told AFP that ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left the country on Sunday. He had been told to leave by Monday. Mr de Lacoste, who is 57, was posted to Minsk late last year. Local media have suggested […]

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Belarus detains dozens over social media comments on Minsk shoot-out

Eighty-seven people were arrested in Belarus for commenting on social media about a shoot-out that claimed two lives, a human rights group says. It is the latest crackdown by Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko, since he claimed victory in discredited elections over a year ago. An IT worker and a KGB security agent were shot dead […]

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European Union bans Belarus planes from using its airspace

The European Union banned Belarusian planes from using its airspace and accessing its airports after the forced grounding of a Ryanair flight. European airlines are also being strongly encouraged to avoid flying over the ex-Soviet country. EU states are furious at Belarus for forcing a passenger flight to land in Minsk last month and then […]

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Ryanair ‘hijacked’ to protect people: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

President Alexander Lukashenko has accused outside “ill-wishers” of waging a “hybrid war” against Belarus as he defended Minsk’s forced diversion of a passenger plane, an incident that led to global outrage. Belarus on Sunday forced a Ryanair flight heading from Greece to Lithuania to land in its capital in response to an alleged bomb threat. […]

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Belarus hijacks Ryanair passenger flight with fake bomb threat to arrest dissident journalist

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko scrambled a fighter jet to force a Ryanair flight travelling from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk so he could arrest a dissident journalist who is now facing the death penalty following an ‘outlandish’ bomb scare. Ryanair flight FR4978, carrying 171 passengers, had been flying from Athens to Vilnius when […]

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Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko to amend presidential succession laws to empower son

The president of Belarus has said he will change the law on presidential succession so that the national security council, where his son plays a prominent role, assumes power in the event of a president’s death while in office. “Tell me, if there is no president tomorrow, would you guarantee everything is going to be […]

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European Union slaps sanctions against Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his son

European Union added Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his son Viktor to its sanctions blacklist of Belarus officials, bringing the total to 59. The 15 added on Friday also include KGB secret police chief Ivan Tertel and President Lukashenko’s chief of staff Igor Sergeenko. The EU rejects Mr Lukashenko’s claim to have won re-election on […]

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Lukashenko’s forces use stun grenades and water cannon to break up Belarusians protesting

Security forces in the Belarusian capital have arrested dozens of protesters and used stun grenades and water cannon to break up crowds demanding a new presidential election. Belarus has been rocked by street protests and strikes since longtime ruler Alexander Lukashenko was officially declared the winner by a landslide in a disputed August 9 vote. […]

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Tens of thousands of people call on Alexander Lukashenko to step down as protests enter the 50th day

Dozens of people were arrested by Belarusian police as tens of thousands of people again gathered calling on leader Alexander Lukashenko to step down. Police admitted using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse what they called “disobedient” protesters in the eastern city of Gomel on Sunday. But local media footage circulating online showed officers […]

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Over 100,000 march against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over ‘election fraud’

Over 100,000 people marched through Minsk on Sunday on the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping up the pressure on the veteran Belarusian leader to quit. Many walked in a vast column that stretched back several kilometres, decked out in red-and-white opposition colours and chanting “go away” as helmeted riot police […]

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Tens of thousands of people take part in anti-government protests in Belarus

Thousands of people took part in anti-government protests in Belarus capital Minsk, and other cities against President Alexander Lukashenko. Police arrested over 250 people ahead of the demonstration. The march on Sunday dubbed as ‘March of Heroes’ have been triggered by a widely disputed election a month ago and subsequent brutal police crackdown. Protesters want […]

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Belarus Unrest: Thousands of women march calling on Lukashenko and his government to step down

Thousands of women marched in Belarus capital Minsk on Saturday waving flags, flowers and balloons in protests against President Alexander Lukashenko and the presidential elections early this month. Women on Saturday staged what they called a march of solidarity, calling on Lukashenko and his government to step down. “This is our city” and “you better […]