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Belarus leader defiant despite growing protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/17/20, 03:44 am

Embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko rejected calls to step down or hold another presidential election at a rally attended by tens of thousands in the capital city of Minsk on Sunday. Less than 2 miles away from the square, 200,000 opposition demonstrators staged an eighth straight day of anti-government rallies, holding placards and chanting “Resign.” The opposition also called for a general strike to begin on Monday.

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“Europe’s last dictator” holds on, for now

International | Lukashenko’s challenger leaves Belarus, but protests against Sunday’s disputed election continue
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 8/14/20, 01:32 pm

Streets in the capital city of Minsk and other cities in Belarus looked like war zones this week, with armored cars and security forces patrolling. Before and during Sunday’s disputed presidential election, riot police in ski masks and black clothing snatched journalists and civilians and took them away in unmarked vans.

After ruling Belarus with an iron fist for 26 years, President Alexander Lukashenko’s grasp is slipping, despite winning reelection and his unlikely challenger, a young homemaker and former school teacher, fleeing the country.

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A historic agreement

International | The U.S.-brokered Arab-Israeli deal represents a key victory for President Trump
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/13/20, 05:41 pm

ISRAEL and the United Arab Emirates announced they are establishing full diplomatic ties in a U.S.-brokered agreement—the first Arab country to formalize a relationship with Israel in more than 25 years. The agreement is a key victory for President Donald Trump and represents dramatic changes in the Arab world, where shared concerns about Iran have overtaken traditional support for the Palestinians.

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