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  • UN agrees to step up monitoring of human rights abuses in Belarus

    GENEVA—The United Nations agreed on Friday to step up monitoring of reported rights abuses during Belarus’s crackdown on protests, angering Minsk and its ally Moscow and raising the diplomatic stakes in the crisis. During a highly charged debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council, European…
  • Belarus Activists Make List of Police From Protest Crackdown

    KYIV, Ukraine—The main opposition candidate in Belarus’ disputed presidential election said on Sept. 17 that activists are compiling a list of law enforcement officers who were allegedly involved in violence against protesters denouncing the results of the vote. Nearly 7,000 people were detained and hundreds…
  • Photos of the Week: Tinside Lido, Log Climber, Dragon Temple

    The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a hammock on Australian ski slopes, wildfire damage in Oregon, scorched wetlands in Brazil, flooding in Florida from Hurricane Sally, continued protests in Belarus, smoky skies over Seattle, scenes from the Crimean Fashion Week, and much more.…
  • Belarusian Leader Says He Asked Putin for Weapons

    MOSCOW—Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday he had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to supply Belarus with weapons as he faces mass protests over a disputed election. Speaking to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during talks in Minsk, Lukashenko said: “I also asked the…
  • Belarus Leader Visits Putin to Secure Support Amid Protests

    MOSCOW—Belarus’ authoritarian president visited Russia on Sept. 14 in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. President Alexander Lukashenko’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort…
  • Belarus Leader Visits Russia to Secure Support Amid Protests

    MOSCOW—Belarus’ authoritarian president visited Russia Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come…
  • Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

    Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his…
  • When Women Lead Protest Movements

    One of the most striking things about the prodemocracy protests in Belarus has been the outsize role of women. A woman, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has emerged as the unlikely political challenger to longtime Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Two of the country’s highest-profile opposition figures, who have…
  • This Republican Party Is Not Worth Saving

    I was a Republican for most of my adult life. I came of political age in 1980, and although I grew up in a working-class Democratic stronghold in Massachusetts, I found a home in Ronald Reagan’s GOP. Back then, the Republicans were a confident “party…
  • Nobel Laureate Warns Arrests Won’t Stop Belarus Protests

    KYIV, Ukraine—Belarusian authorities on Sept. 9 detained one of the two last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer Maxim Znak, a member of the Coordination Council created by…
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