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      UN Council to Hold Urgent Debate on Human Rights Situation in Belarus
      Sep14

      UN Council to Hold Urgent Debate on Human Rights Situation in Belarus

      At its opening session, the U.N. Human Rights Council approved a proposal by the European Union to hold an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus by a vote of 25 in favor, two against and 20 abstentions. The European Union cited the steep deterioration of human rights in Belarus following the allegedly rigged August 9th election...

      Pandemic Upends Annual Ukraine Pilgrimage for Hasidic Sect
      Sep11

      Pandemic Upends Annual Ukraine Pilgrimage for Hasidic Sect

      For Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, this year would have marked his 37th consecutive visit to Uman, Ukraine, for Rosh Hashana — the Jewish new year which falls this year on September 18-20. The town, located 200 km south of Kyiv, is the burial place of the 18th-century tzaddik, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who founded the Breslov sect of Hasidism. Up...

      US Sanctions 4 for Russia-linked Interference in November Presidential Election
      Sep11

      US Sanctions 4 for Russia-linked Interference in November Presidential Election

      The United States on Thursday sanctioned four Russian-linked operatives, accusing them of trying to meddle in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.The sanctioned individuals are Andrii Derkach, a Ukrainian member of Parliament tied to Russian intelligence, and three other Russian-based operatives connected to the Internet Research Agency troll...

      Belarus Authorities Allegedly Issued Death Threats Against Opposition Activist
      Sep10

      Belarus Authorities Allegedly Issued Death Threats Against Opposition Activist

      A prominent Belarusian opposition activist has accused authorities of threatening to kill her has they tried to forcibly deport her to Ukraine amid government efforts to end five weeks of mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko following a disputed election. Maria Kolesnikova said in a complaint filed by her lawyer Thursday that she...

      Journalist Woodward Defends Decision to Withhold Trump’s Virus Comments
      Sep10

      Journalist Woodward Defends Decision to Withhold Trump’s Virus Comments

      Bob Woodward, facing widespread criticism for only now revealing President Donald Trump’s early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he needed time to be sure that Trump’s private comments from February were accurate. In Woodward’s upcoming book on Trump, “Rage,”...

      EU Council President Urges Action on Belarus Sanctions
      Sep10

      EU Council President Urges Action on Belarus Sanctions

      European Council President Charles Michel has called for faster consideration of sanctions against officials in Belarus after the detention of multiple opposition leaders.“Political persecution in Belarus including detentions on political grounds and forced exile must stop,” Michel tweeted Wednesday. “Belarusian authorities must free political...

      Masked Belarusian Authorities Detain Another Lukashenko Opponent
      Sep09

      Masked Belarusian Authorities Detain Another Lukashenko Opponent

      Unidentified Belarusian authorities have detained one of the two remaining free leaders of an opposition council amid continuing protests against longtime President Alexander Lukashenko following a disputed election.Attorney Maxim Znak was taken out of the Coordination Council’s office on Wednesday by unknown people wearing ski masks,...

      US Considers Belarus Sanctions
      Sep09

      US Considers Belarus Sanctions

      U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the United States is deeply concerned about attempts by the government of Belarus to forcibly expel opposition activist Maria Kolesnikova. The top U.S. diplomat said the United States and other countries are considering bringing sanctions in response to recent events in Belarus. “We commend the...

      Exiled Belarus Opposition Leader Pleads for ‘Help Now’
      Sep08

      Exiled Belarus Opposition Leader Pleads for ‘Help Now’

      Exiled Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called the situation in her country “absolutely unacceptable” and pleaded for international pressure to dislodge embattled President Alexander Lukashenko who she said no longer represents Belarus.In a virtual appearance before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...

      Belarus Border Officials Say Opposition Figure Detained Trying to Enter Ukraine
      Sep08

      Belarus Border Officials Say Opposition Figure Detained Trying to Enter Ukraine

      Belarus border officials say Maria Kolesnikova, a leading member of Belarus’ opposition, was detained early Tuesday while trying to cross into neighboring Ukraine. The officials said Kolesnikova was traveling with two other opposition movement members, Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov, who both successfully entered Ukraine. The...