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U.N. rights boss Bachelet calls on Belarus to release protesters
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks, during the opening of 45th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European U.N. headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland September 14, 2020. Martial Trezzini/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoGENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official Michelle Bachelet called on Belarus on Friday to release all people unlawfully arrested in post-election protests and investigate some 2,000 complaints of torture or ill-treatment in custody. More than 900 people including opposition candidates, lawyers, journalists and activists are believed to be facing criminal charges in connection with the mass protests, Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Mass protests erupted against President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule following a disputed election in August.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Martial, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Alexander Lukashenko’s Organizations: Nations, Human Rights, GENEVA Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Belarus
Putin says opposing forces in Belarus need to resolve crisis via talks
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Belarus was facing unprecedented meddling by external forces and he called on opposing political forces to try to resolve their differences through talks. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chairman of the Management Board of Novatek company Leonid Mikhelson and Chairman of the Management Board of Sibur company Dmitry Konov in Tobolsk, Russia December 1, 2020. Lukashenko has ruled Belarus, a former Soviet republic of 9.5 million that Russia sees as a security buffer against NATO, for 26 years. He has often played Moscow off against the West to extract political and economic dividends from the Kremlin. Speaking at the online Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) meeting on Wednesday, Lukashenko blamed the unrest on outside meddling, singling out Poland and the Baltic states in particular.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Leonid Mikhelson, Dmitry Konov, Alexei Nikolsky, Alexander Lukashenko, ” Putin, Lukashenko Organizations: Management, Sputnik, NATO, Security, Organisation Locations: MOSCOW, Belarus, Tobolsk, Russia, Kremlin, Russian, Moscow, Soviet, Minsk, Poland, Baltic
Germany bans far-right "Wolf Brigade 44", finds weapons and Nazi symbols
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends a news conference on Germany's national cyber defence report 2020 in Berlin, Germany, October 20, 2020. Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBERLIN (Reuters) - Police found a crossbow, machete, knives and Nazi symbols in early-morning raids on Tuesday after banning a far-right extremist group called “Wolf Brigade 44” which the government says wants a Nazi state. “There is no place in our country for a group that sows hate and propagates the re-establishment of a Nazi state,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. Members of the “Wolf Brigade” openly pledge allegiance to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and seek to end the democratic state, while propagating racism and anti-Semitism, the ministry said. The government also banned the symbols of the group, such as a skull with two grenades marked with the number 44.
Persons: Horst Seehofer, Bernd von Jutrczenka, Brigade ”, Adolf Hitler, Oskar Dirlewanger Organizations: BERLIN, Police, Brigade, , Dirlewanger, SS Locations: Berlin, Germany, Nazi, Hesse, Mecklenburg, Vorpommern, North Rhine, Westphalia, Belarus
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Ukraine-born businessman who once helped Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gather information about U.S. President-elect Joe Biden pleaded not guilty to cheating investors in a fraud-insurance company, even after his former partner in the venture pleaded guilty. FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas arrives for a hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., February 3, 2020. Giuliani, now leading the Trump legal team’s push to overturn Biden’s presidential election win, told Reuters in October 2019 he was paid $500,000 for work he did for Fraud Guarantee. David Correia, who was Parnas’ partner in Fraud Guarantee, pleaded guilty on Oct. 29 to wire fraud conspiracy for cheating investors, and to making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. The case is U.S. v. Parnas et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Lev Parnas, Bryan R Smith, Paul Oetken, Giuliani, Igor Fruman, Parnas, Oetken, , , ” Oetken, Nicolas Roos, Biden, Hunter, Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, David Correia, Fruman, Trump’s, Andrey Kukushkin, Kukushkin Organizations: YORK, Manhattan Federal Court, REUTERS, U.S, District, Prosecutors, Trump, Reuters, New, Federal, Court, Southern District of Locations: Ukraine, American, Manhattan, New York, U.S, Belarus, Florida, New York City, Russian, Southern District, Southern District of New York
Belarus police detained 313 people at mass protests on Sunday: ministry
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Slideshow ( 4 images )MOSCOW (Reuters) - Police in Belarus detained 313 people on Sunday during protests in which thousands marched through Minsk calling for President Alexander Lukashenko to step down, the Belarusian Interior Ministry said. Belarus has been in a political crisis since a presidential election in August that the opposition says was rigged. The authorities deny vote fraud.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko Organizations: Police, Belarusian Interior Ministry Locations: MOSCOW, Belarus, Minsk, Belarusian
Belarus forces detain more than 100 protesters at 'march of neighbours'
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian security forces detained more than 100 protesters on Sunday at rallies in Minsk the opposition had billed as “the march of neighbours”, a rights group reported and videos on local social media showed. Thousands of protesters met at various locations, mostly in remote residential areas of the capital, and marched through the streets demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, a witness said. Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets in Belarus weekly to demand Lukashenko quits. As many as 60 local rallies took place in Minsk on Sunday, a Belarusian independent news outlet, Nasha Niva, calculated. Videos posted on local social media showed uniformed men, many in helmets, grabbing people in civilian clothes and beating at least one of them.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, , , Andrei, Joseph Stalin, Niva Organizations: Police Locations: MOSCOW, Belarusian, Minsk, , Belarus
Belarus forces detain hundreds protesters at 'march of neighbours'
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian security forces detained hundreds of protesters on Sunday at rallies in Minsk the opposition had billed as “the march of neighbours”, local police and a rights group reported. Police said around 250 protesters were detained in Minsk, the state Belta news agency reported. Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets in Belarus weekly to demand Lukashenko quits. As many as 60 local rallies took place in Minsk on Sunday, a Belarusian independent news outlet, Nasha Niva, calculated. The Belarusian Viasna-96 (Spring-96) rights group said more than 300 people had been detained across the country as of Sunday night.
Persons: demostrators, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, , , Andrei, Joseph Stalin, Niva Organizations: Police Locations: MOSCOW, Belarusian, Minsk, , Belarus
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Diego Maradona’s death has triggered an outpouring of grief around the world. Now comes the scramble for a share of the soccer legend’s complex financial legacy, ranging from his iconic jerseys to luxury cars, image rights and even an amphibious tank. The Argentine playmaker, known as “Dios” for his godlike skills on the soccer pitch and “Pelusa” for his prominent mane of hair, also remains valuable for his image - even after death. “The most important patrimony here could be the image rights, and also all his shirts,” said Apolo. His family and children have called for unity in the recent weeks before his death after Maradona underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot, which he was recovering from.
Persons: Diego Maradona’s, Maradona, Matías Morla, , Martín Apolo, Apolo, , Claudia Villafañe, ” Walter Machuca, Argentina’s Organizations: BUENOS AIRES, Reuters, Napoli, Argentine, Gimnasia y Esgrima, United Arab, Worth, Puma, Football, Belarus ’ Dynamo Brest Locations: BUENOS, Argentina, Italy, Cuba, Buenos Aires, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Mexico, Dubai, Argentine
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would step down after a new Constitution is adopted, state-owned BelTA news agency cited him as saying on Friday. "I am not going to shape the Constitution to suit my needs," he is quoted as saying. "I am not going to be the president once the new Constitution is in place." Lukashenko has maintained his grasp on power in the former Soviet nation for the last 26 years and met the protests with a violent crackdown. More than three months after an historic protest movement emerged across Belarus, people continue to take to the streets.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, “ Europe’s, ” — Organizations: NBC, Pictures, Minsk, Associated Press Locations: Belarus, Soviet, Belarusian
FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Nikolai Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday said he would leave his post after a new constitution had been adopted, Belarus’ Belta news agency cited him as saying. “I will not work as president with you under the new constitution,” Lukashenko said, without specifying when that day would come, but stressed the need for amendments to the constitution and adjustments to presidential powers. Belarus has been rocked by months of anti-government protests after veteran leader Lukashenko claimed victory in an Aug. 9 presidential election that his opponents say was rigged, a charge he denies.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Nikolai Petrov, , ” Lukashenko, Lukashenko Organizations: Belarusian People's Congress, REUTERS Locations: Minsk, Belarus, Handout, REUTERS MOSCOW
Belarus opposition asks European prosecutors to probe torture accusations
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
VILNIUS (Reuters) - Supporters of exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Friday they would lobby state prosecutors in several European countries to investigate accusations of torture by Belarusian authorities. Western countries have accused Belarusian security forces of using excessive force in their crackdown on the protesters and have imposed sanctions targeting specific officials. Tsikhanouskaya’s supporters now want European prosecutors to issue international arrest warrants for officials named in their petitions. Dobrovolski said similar requests would be sent to prosecutors in Poland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, where other alleged victims of Belarusian police beatings now reside. Belarus denies torturing prisoners and says its police show restraint in dealing with protesters it has said are in league with hostile foreign powers.
Persons: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Alexander Lukashenko, Tsikhanouskaya’s, , , Maksim Kharoshyn, Nikolai Karpenkov, Alexander Dobrovolski, Tsikhanouskaya, Dobrovolski Organizations: Reuters, Lithuanian, Deputy Interior Locations: VILNIUS, Belarusian, Belarus, Europe, Vilnius, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Lithuanian
Steak out: China's coronavirus testing chokes beef trade
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Hallie Gu | Dominique Patton | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
REUTERS/Aly SongFresh supplies of beef won’t arrive for days, a salesman at the Suning.com-owned Carrefour outlet told Reuters - if then. The move is especially hurting the booming beef trade, worth $8.65 billion last year and growing rapidly, as some importers cut purchases on rising costs and weaker demand caused by consumers’ coronavirus worries. In Tianjin, northern China’s most important port for meat shipments, the trade has come to a virtual halt, after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. “Orders for imported beef have halved for us as our clients have got concerned about COVID recently,” said a beef trader in Tianjin. Many beef importers have also had to deal with the impact from souring trade relations with key beef supplier Australia.
Persons: Aly Song Fresh, , Suning, ’ coronavirus, Fu, Grace Gao Organizations: Food, Pudong International, REUTERS, Carrefour, Reuters, , Goldrich Locations: BEIJING, Beijing, Shanghai, Pudong, China, Tianjin, Dalian, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Belarus,
Russia tells Belarus leader to press ahead with constitutional reform
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s foreign minister told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday to honour agreements with the Kremlin and press ahead with constitutional reforms to defuse a political crisis after months of protests. He later said Belarus could hold new elections once the constitutional reforms had been adopted. But political opponents have dismissed Lukashenko’s reform proposal as a stalling tactic, and the reforms have not materialised. “We of course have an interest in the situation being calm, stable and we think that beginning the constitutional reform initiated by the country’s leadership would contribute to this,” Lavrov said. Lavrov told Lukashenko that Moscow was not in contact with the Belarusian opposition and accused the West, which has imposed sanctions on Minsk, for meddling in Belarus.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov, ” Lavrov Organizations: Kremlin Locations: MOSCOW, Moscow, Belarus, Russian, Minsk, Russia, Belarusian
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Pictures of the year: Oddly
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Canice Leung | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
Belarusian shepherd Alexey Usikov, 33, drives a horse-drawn carriage equipped with a battery, headlights and small potbelly stove, which he crafted out of an old Audi-80, in the village of Knyazhytsy, Belarus May 28, 2020. Usikov jokingly calls it...moreBelarusian shepherd Alexey Usikov, 33, drives a horse-drawn carriage equipped with a battery, headlights and small potbelly stove, which he crafted out of an old Audi-80, in the village of Knyazhytsy, Belarus May 28, 2020. Usikov jokingly calls it the Audi-40, as he used only half of the car. REUTERS/Vasily FedosenkoClose
Persons: Alexey Usikov, Usikov, Vasily Fedosenko Organizations: Audi, REUTERS Locations: Knyazhytsy, Belarus
Police in Belarus detained 345 people at protests on Sunday - ministry
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Belarusian law enforcement officers watch demonstrators during a rally to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus November 22, 2020. REUTERS/StringerMOSCOW (Reuters) - Police in Belarus detained 345 people at nationwide anti-government protests on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Thousands took to the streets of the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday, with police using stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko have staged regular protests since August, accusing him of rigging the election to extend his 26-year grip on power. He denies electoral fraud and has refused to resign.
Persons: Stringer MOSCOW, Alexander Lukashenko Organizations: REUTERS, Police, Interior Ministry, Minsk Locations: Minsk, Belarus, Belarusian
Dozens detained in Belarus protests: rights group
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Belarusian law enforcement officers hold shields while standing guard during an opposition demonstration to protest against police violence and to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily FedosenkoMOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus police detained dozens of people in Minsk on Sunday during the latest in months of anti-government protests since a disputed presidential election in August, human rights activists reported. Thousands of people took to the streets of Belarusian capital and police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd, several Belarus media outlets reported. The Vesna-96 rights group said 70 people had been detained so far. Opponents have staged regular protests since August, accusing President Alexander Lukashenko of rigging the election to extend his 26-year grip on power.
Persons: Vasily Fedosenko MOSCOW, Vesna, Alexander Lukashenko, Roman Bondarenko Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Minsk, Belarus
More than 200 detained in Belarus protests: rights group
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 5 images )MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus police detained more than 200 people in Minsk on Sunday during the latest in months of anti-government protests since a disputed presidential election in August, human rights activists said. Thousands took to the streets of the Belarusian capital, and police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd, several Belarus media outlets reported. The Vesna-96 rights group said 205 people had been detained so far. Opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko have staged regular protests since August, accusing him of rigging the election to extend his 26-year grip on power. The interior ministry denied responsibility for Bondarenko’s death, saying he was killed in a scuffle with civilians.
Persons: Vesna, Alexander Lukashenko, Roman Bondarenko Organizations: Interior Ministry Locations: MOSCOW, Belarus, Minsk, Belarusian
Eastern Europe crosses over 5 million COVID-19 cases: Reuters tally
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Shaina Ahluwalia | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo(Reuters) - The tally of coronavirus cases in the Eastern European sub-region passed 5 million on Saturday, a Reuters tally showed, as governments across Europe take measures to try to rein in surging cases. The region, which comprises Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine, has the highest count of reported COVID-19 cases in Europe. Eastern Europe reported over 82,000 cases in a single day on an average in the last week, while adding over 1,500 deaths daily on average. Russia, Poland, and Ukraine are among the top 20 countries with the most cases in the world. Europe has so far reported over 15 million COVID cases, making it the region with the highest number of cases.
Persons: Tatyana Makeyeva Organizations: REUTERS, Eastern, Reuters Locations: Tver, Russia, Europe, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, United States, India, Brazil, France, Latin America
KYIV (Reuters) - Thousands of people silently raised their arms in the air, held flowers aloft and broke into chants outside a church in Minsk on Friday at the funeral of a Belarusian protester. Slideshow ( 5 images )The death of 31-year-old Roman Bondarenko has become the latest flashpoint in months-long mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. The authorities this week detained a medic who leaked a medical report of Bondarenko’s death to the media. They called on the Belarusian authorities to investigate the excessive use of force and unlawful retaliation at peaceful protests. Tens of thousands of people have staged regular protests for weeks since the election.
Persons: Roman Bondarenko, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, “ I’m, Bondarenko, Belaruskali Organizations: European Union, EU, United Nations Locations: Minsk, Russia, Belarus
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EU to prepare new round of Belarus sanctions - diplomats
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Robin Emmott | ) www.reuters.com + 0.97   time to read: +2 min
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed to push ahead on Thursday with a new round of sanctions on Belarus that could be ready in weeks, two EU diplomats said. The new sanctions are expected to target more senior officials and also entities that finance Lukashenko and his government, the diplomats said. “There was unanimous political agreement among the EU’s 27 governments for more sanctions,” one EU diplomat told Reuters after the meeting, which was held by video conference. “We must stop this crime against democracy.”The EU first hit 40 Belarus officials with sanctions on Oct. 2 and has since expanded the number of people targeted. The death last week of a 31-year-old anti-government protester, after what demonstrators said was a severe beating by security forces, has further galvanised EU support for the Belarusian opposition.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko’s, Lukashenko, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko ” Organizations: Union, EU, Reuters, Police Locations: BRUSSELS, Belarus, Lithuania, Minsk, Russia, Belarusian
EU to impose more Belarus sanctions, including on firms
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Robin Emmott | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to push ahead with a new round of sanctions on Belarus including on Belarusian companies, in response to state repression of pro-democracy protests, the EU’s top diplomat said on Thursday. Borrell said it was up to EU governments to propose companies to target and did not give any examples. The EU, the largest donor of financial assistance to Belarus, sanctioned 40 Belarus officials on Oct. 2 and has since expanded the number targeted. Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who fled to Lithuania after the election she says she won, urged EU leaders this week to impose “targeted financial sanctions against people ... who are in the pockets of Lukashenko”. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said before the EU meeting that more EU measures, such as sanctions, were necessary because “the Belarusian authorities are obviously not prepared to start a dialogue with the opposition”.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko’s, Lukashenko, Josep Borrell, ” Borrell, Borrell, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko ”, Heiko Maas Organizations: Union, EU, Belarus, Police Locations: BRUSSELS, Belarus, United States, Lithuania, Minsk, Brussels, Russia, Belarusian
EU foreign ministers to discuss further measures against Belarus: Germany
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks at a news conference with his counterpart from Kosovo, Meliza Haradinaj Stublla, at the Federal Foreign Office, in Berlin, Germany, November 3, 2020. Odd Andersen/Pool via REUTERSBERLIN (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will discuss further sanctions against the Belarusian authorities at their meeting on Thursday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said. “The Belarusian authorities are obviously not prepared to start a dialogue with the opposition,” Maas said. “We have not registered any constructive reaction from Minsk so far, so we will discuss how we can raise the pressure,” he said. “And we can certainly raise pressure by focussing more strongly on the powerful circles around (President Alexander) Lukashenko.”
Persons: Heiko Maas, Meliza Haradinaj, Odd Andersen, , ” Maas, , Alexander, Lukashenko Organizations: Federal Foreign Office, REUTERS BERLIN, Union Locations: Kosovo, Berlin, Germany, Minsk
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