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Early voting begins in House of Representatives election

Polls opened on Tuesday in Belarus for early voting in the election for the House of Representatives. The main voting day is November 17.

Lukašenka arrives in Austria on two-day visit

As the Belarusian leader stepped onto Austrian soil at Vienna International Airport, he was met by Elisabeth Udolf-Strobl, Austrian minister for digital and economic affairs, and Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makiej, as well as by Aliena Kupčyna, the Belarusian ambassador in Vienn

Prominent journalist Sharamet killed by car bomb in Kyiv

Prominent Belarusian-born journalist Pavel Sharamet (Sheremet), a vocal opponent of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin, was killed in a car explosion in Kyiv on Wednesday morning.

Turkish president scheduled to visit Belarus this month

The Turkish embassy in Minsk is preparing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Belarus, a representative of the diplomatic mission told.

Authorities change their mind, allow three Polish Catholic priests to stay

Belarusian authorities have reversed their decision not to renew religious work permits for three Polish priests of the Roman Catholic Church, Yury Sanko, spokesman for the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Belarus

Lukashenka: Olympics is big politics

Alyaksandr Lukashenka described on Tuesday the Olympics as "big politics" and warned that competition for Olympic medals had "intensified to the maximum."

Lukashenka talks up relations with United States

Belarus wants to normalize relations with the United States on mutually beneficial terms, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said in Minsk on Wednesday, speaking at a meeting with U.S. Charge d'Affaires Scott Rauland in connection with the end of the diplomat's tenure

Lukashenka to his military generals: We should be the first to die if necessary

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Tuesday presented general's shoulder straps to a number of senior officers of the Armed Forces, the interior ministry and the Investigative Committee who had recently been promoted to the rank of general major.

Belarus knocks four zeroes off rubel

Belarus knocked four zeroes off the rubel at midnight on July 1 in a third currency redenomination since August 1994.

Belarus set to borrow $1 billion from IMF in 2017

Belarus plans to borrow $1 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2017, according to a draft macroeconomic forecast drawn up by the government.

Lukashenka: Belarus ready to become Shanghai Cooperation Organization's "western gate"

Belarus is ready to expand relations with China and the SCO.

Lukashenka: All-Belarusian People's Assembly is real mechanism of grass-roots democracy

The All-Belarusian People's Assembly is a real mechanism of grass-roots democracy, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Wednesday in his opening address at the fifth edition of the event held at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk.

Lukashenka: Redenomination is serious political event

The upcoming currency redenomination is a serious political event, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Thursday in Minsk while meeting with Prime Minister Andrey Kabyakow and Pavel Kalaur, head of the National Bank of Belarus.

Russia warns it may cut oil exports to Belarus in Q3

Russia may supply less crude oil to Belarus than originally planned in the third quarter of this year, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak told reporters in Saint Petersburg on June 16.

Founder of pro-opposition website said to be denied access to lawyer

The Vyasna Human Rights Center on Tuesday demanded that the detained founder of pro-opposition website 1863x.com be given access to his lawyer.

Obama extends U.S. sanctions against Lukashenka, other Belarusians

President Barack Obama has extended by one year the United States’ sanctions against Alyaksandr Lukashenka and certain other Belarusians.

Trade ministry transformed into ministry of anti-monopoly regulation

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on June 3 signed a presidential edict transforming the Ministry of Trade into a Ministry of Anti-monopoly Regulation...

Gazprom says that Belarus owes it over $200 million

Belarus' debt with Gazprom has already surpassed $200 million, Aleksandr Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian gas giant, said in Moscow on May 31.

Council of Belarusian National Congress holds first meeting

Almost two weeks after the body was founded by a number of politicians in an effort to unite the country’s fractured opposition…

Emigre politician Navumchyk makes surprise trip to Belarus

Emigre opposition politician Syarhey Navumchyk arrived in Minsk on Tuesday on his first visit to Belarus in 20 years.

Lukashenka meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Saturday had a 40-minute private audience with Pope Francis in the pontiff’s studio in the Vatican.

Homyel man sentenced to death for raping and murdering two women

Syarhey Vostrykaw, a 33-year-old resident of Homyel, was sentenced on Thursday to death for raping and murdering two women.

Lukashenka to visit Italy, Vatican this week

Alyaksandr Lukashenka will visit Italy and the Vatican on May 20 and 21, reported the press office of the Belarusian leader

Organizers of congress of opposition forces set to hold the event in Yanka Kupala Park

A congress of pro-democracy opposition forces will be held in Minsk’s Yanka Kupala Park on May 15, organizers announced on Thursday

OSCE/ODIHR director calls on Belarus to impose moratorium on death penalty

Michael Georg Link, director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), has called on Belarus to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions as a step towards the complete abolition of the death penalty.