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I've seen what happens when a president refuses to give up power, as Trump has repeatedly hinted he might

A composite image showing US President Donald Trump and Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus. Getty Images President Donald Trump's repeated refusal to affirm his commitment to a peaceful transfer of power is far outside the norms of US politics. It is not unusual in Eastern Europe — especially Belarus, where the president is clinging on after a rigged election. The US is still a very different place to Belarus, but the similarities are growing more noticeable and troubling. This...
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Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks As US Election Looms

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Facebook announced on Thursday that it has taken down three "coordinated inauthentic behavior" networks promoting disinformation that included nearly 300 Facebook and Instagram accounts along with dozens of Facebook Pages and Groups. While the efforts were seemingly run independently, and focused primarily outside of the US, each has ties to Russian intelligence -- and they collectively provide a sobering echo of the social media assault that roile...
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Kremlin says EU move not to recognise Lukashenko amounts to meddling in Belarus

Russia said on Friday that the European Union's decision not to recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus contradicted international law and amounted to indirect meddling in the country. Lukashenko, in power since 1994, was inaugurated on Wednesday in a secretive ceremony after weeks of huge protests. Russia is a close ally of Belarus and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that the move not to recognise him would complicate the EU's dialogue wi...
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The EU says Lukashenko is not the legitimate Belarus president

President Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate president of Belarus, the European Union said on Thursday, saying his abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.
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Taxi driver helps protester escape from riot police in Belarus

Video clip showing movie-like pursuit and escape in Minsk spreads across social mediaAn unnamed Belarusian taxi driver who helped a man escape from riot police during protests against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko has transfixed social media users who have shared footage of the dramatic incident.The 16-second video clip, filmed by a Euroradio.fm reporter, features a movie-like pursuit and escape that unfolded in a Minsk residential area on Wednesday evening as crowds protested against what...
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Video shows taxi driver helping protester escape police in Belarus

Clip showing movie-like pursuit and escape in Minsk spreads across social mediaAn unnamed Belarusian taxi driver who helped a man escape from riot police during protests against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko has transfixed social media users who have shared footage of the dramatic incident.The 16-second video clip, filmed by a Euroradio.fm reporter, features a movie-like pursuit and escape that unfolded in a Minsk residential area on Wednesday evening as crowds protested against what they ...
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Trump cuts aid for pro-democracy groups in Belarus, Hong Kong and Iran

Open Technology Fund, which helped activists evade state surveillance and sidestep web censorship, sees $20m grant pulledThe Trump administration has stopped vital technical assistance to pro-democracy groups in Belarus, Hong Kong and Iran, which had helped activists evade state surveillance and sidestep internet censorship. Related: Trump memo on Comey firing was 'tinfoil helmet material', Mueller prosecutor says Continue reading...
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McConnell, Pelosi dispute Trump, vow peaceful power transfer after Nov. 3 election

By AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKING | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, swiftly pushed back Thursday after President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump said during a Wednesday news conference, “We’re going to have to see what happens,” responding to a question about committing to the results. “You kno...
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Women in Belarus are helping activists build a database of security officers' identities by ripping off their balaclavas and riot helmets at protesters

Screenshot of a video showing women in Belarus attempting to tear off a security officer's balaclava during a protest. Video published September 16, 2020. The Guardian/YouTube Protesters against President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus are building a giant database of security officers' names and personal information. Many of those officers have beaten and detained peaceful protesters, and activists want to hold them accountable. Women, many of whom middle-aged, have been helping buil...
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Women in Belarus are helping activists build a database of security officers' identities by ripping off their balaclavas and riot helmets at protests

Screenshot of a video showing women in Belarus attempting to tear off a security officer's balaclava during a protest. Video published September 16, 2020. The Guardian/YouTube Protesters against President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus are building a giant database of security officers' names and personal information. Many of those officers have beaten and detained peaceful protesters, and activists want to hold them accountable. Women, many of whom middle-aged, have been helping buil...
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Biden On Trump Refusing Peaceful Power Transition: ‘What Country Are We In?’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden late Wednesday pushed back on President Donald Trump’s remarks that suggested he would not commit to a peaceful transition of power if he lost the November presidential election.  “What country are we in?” Biden asked, when a reporter requested his comment on Trump’s apparent refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power on Wednesday. “I’m being facetious,” Biden said, repeating his question to imply that the President’s comments did not reflect...
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Saint Petersburg by Yanysheva (Romani/English).

Alex Foreman posted this video on Facebook, adding: Me reading a poem by the Romani poet Lera Yanysheva, first in Xaladytka Romani, and then in my English translation. This poem is based on real events. Since 2003, Romani neighborhoods in and on the outskirts of St. Petersburg have been repeatedly attacked by Neo-Nazi skinhead groups, with the reaction of the police and the public seldom rising above indifference. It’s a powerful poem, and I find both his translation and his reading effective; y...
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Belarus faces imminent sanctions as pressure mounts on Lukashenko

The United States, Britain and Canada may impose sanctions on Belarus as early as Friday, four sources told Reuters, and the European Union told President Alexander Lukashenko it did not recognise him as the country's legitimate leader. Diplomatic pressure on Lukashenko mounted a day after he had himself sworn in for a sixth term at an inauguration ceremony that was kept secret until after it was completed. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that following the "fraudulent" inauguratio...
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UK preparing Magnitsky sanctions over Belarus human rights violations: minister

Britain is preparing Magnitsky sanctions against individuals in Belarus in coordination with the United States and Canada, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday, after pointedly criticising the country's recent election. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term after an election that the opposition and several foreign governments say was rigged. "Given Lukashenko's fraudulent inauguration, I have directed the FCDO (foreign office) sanctions team to prepa...
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Biden To Trump Refusing Peaceful Power Transition: ‘What Country Are We In?’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden late Wednesday pushed back on President Donald Trump’s remarks that suggested he would not commit to a peaceful transition of power if he lost the November presidential election.  “What country are we in?” Biden asked, when a reporter requested his comment on Trump’s apparent refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power on Wednesday. “I’m being facetious,” Biden said, repeating his question to imply that the President’s comments did not reflect...
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Belarus: Video shows protester's 'taxi escape' from police

Demonstrations have continued in Belarus since the president declared victory in last month's election.
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Migrants should be returned to their home countries, Czech PM says

Migrants entering the European Union should be stopped and turned back to their home countries, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday in Brussels ahead of negotiations surrounding a new EU migration plan next week. A meeting of EU heads of government to discuss a new migration plan, Belarus and coronavirus was postponed from Thursday until next week because European Council President Charles Michel, who normally chairs such gatherings, was quarantined.
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Over 360 more detained in Belarus in protests against leader

Over 360 more people have been detained in Belarus during protests against the country's authoritarian president, who was unexpectedly sworn in to his sixth term in office after an election the opposition says was rigged. Thousands of Belarusians took to the streets of the capital of Minsk and other cities on Wednesday evening to protest President Alexander Lukashenko's morning inauguration, which took place without advance public notice. Police fiercely dispersed the crowds of protesters; in ...
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EU says Belarus president's inauguration will deepen crisis

The European Union said Thursday that the swearing in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive ceremony lacks democratic legitimacy, defies the will of the Belarusian people and will only deepen the country’s political crisis. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated that the 27-nation bloc did not recognize the result of the Aug. 9 election that kept Lukashenko in power after 26 years and said that “on this basis, the so-called ‘inauguration’...and t...
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The EU says Lukashenko is not the legitimate Belarus president

President Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate president of Belarus, the European Union said on Thursday, saying his abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.
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Belarus: Lukashenko's new mandate lacks democratic legitimacy, EU says

Alexander Lukashenko took the oath of office in secret after winning re-election in a disputed vote.
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European Union refuses to recognise Belarusian president following dubious vote and police violence

The European Union in a rare show of unity on Thursday said that it won’t recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate leader of Belarus. Mr Lukashenko's landslide victory in August's rigged vote sparked protests that were reignited on Wednesday after Mr Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years, held a clandestine swearing-in ceremony. Mr Lukashenko’s security forces led a ferocious crackdown on opposition protests in the days following the elections. Hundreds of people have re...
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Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, drawing fierce pushback from Democrats and Mitt Romney

President Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power following the election. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump refused to commit to ensuring a peaceful transfer of power following the presidential elections when asked about the topic during a press conference Wednesday. "We're going to have to see what happens," Trump said, reiterating unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud. The remarks drew swift criticism from several Democratic ...
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Lukashenko's surprise inauguration is a 'thieves' meeting,' Belarus opposition says

Embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has been inaugurated as President, state media reported, as protests continue over his hotly-disputed election win.
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Protesters clash with police in Belarus after Lukashenko sworn in again

Water cannon and stun grenades used by riot squad after opposition denounce president’s secret ceremony as illegitimate and ‘a farce’Riot police clashed with protesters in Minsk on Wednesday evening, using water cannon and stun grenades, hours after the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko for another term as president.Lukashenko held the ceremony without announcements or publicity earlier in the day, apparently to avoid it becoming a magnet for protesters. Opposition leaders and European politi...
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Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus leader as protesters clash with police

Opposition and European politicians denounce secret ceremony as illegitimate and ‘a farce’Riot police clashed with protesters in Minsk on Wednesday evening, using water cannon and stun grenades, hours after the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko for another term as president.Lukashenko held the ceremony without announcements or publicity earlier in the day, apparently to avoid it becoming a magnet for protesters. Opposition leaders and European politicians immediately denounced his inauguratio...
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Belarus: Mass protests after Lukashenko secretly sworn in

The opposition describes the inauguration ceremony in the capital Minsk as a "thieves' meeting".
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Belarus protests as seen through artists' eyes

Major figures and scenes from historic demonstrations have been captured in illustrations         [Author: USA TODAY]
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EU sanction threat on Turkey fades after it accepts talks with Greece

The European Union is unlikely to follow through on a threat to impose sanctions on Turkey after Ankara agreed to talks with Greece over maritime claims on Tuesday, senior EU diplomats and officials said. The fate of proposed sanctions on some 40 senior Belarusian officials is up in the air, eroding EU credibility as it seeks to support a pro-democracy movement in Belarus after its Aug. 9 election that the West says was rigged.
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Lukashenko's surprise inauguration is a 'thieves' meeting' and a 'farce,' Belarus opposition says

Embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has been inaugurated as President, state media reported, as protests continue over his hotly-disputed election win.
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