Ukraine’s new president invites Putin for talks
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president has proposed holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflict in the east and Russia's 2014 annexation of...
4 Ukrainians released from separatist captivity
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Four Ukrainian nationals on Friday were released after spending years in separatist captivity and handed over to the Ukrainian government in a rare gesture of good...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A 55-year-old table-tennis player has won a bronze medal at the European Games, 36 years after she was a world champion for China.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Shrunken in size and struggling for attention, the European Games open Friday as host Belarus seeks to shed its reputation as one of the continent's most isolated...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's athletics team for this month's European Games in Belarus will fly there in the prime minister's government jet, after sports officials couldn't find seats on...
BERLIN (AP) — Germany will be without Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos for its upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union hit out Thursday at Russia's move to fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, slamming it as an attack on...
Belarusian investigators raid independent TV channel
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Investigators in Belarus have searched the office of a leading independent satellite channel as part of a criminal probe.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested an opposition leader and another activist as demonstrators for the second day try to prevent authorities from removing wooden crosses at a...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested 15 demonstrators who were trying to prevent the removal of wooden crosses from a wooded area near the capital of Minsk where tens of thousands...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in the capital of Belarus have blocked several hundred opposition demonstrators from holding a rally and detained some of them.
Anti-government protesters march in Belarusian capital
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — About 2,000 opponents of Belarus' authoritarian government have rallied in the country's capital of Minsk.
The Sunday rally marked the 101st anniversary of the formation...
Belarusian FM lashes out at Russian ambassador
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has lashed out at Russia's ambassador, accusing him of showing disrespect for the country — the latest sign of tensions between the two...
Belarusian student stabs and kills teacher and classmate
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus' Interior Ministry says a high school student has stabbed and killed his teacher and a classmate at a high school.
The ministry said the tenth-grader attacked the history teacher before she started her lesson Monday. He also stabbed two classmates who tried to protect the teacher at a school in the town of Stolbtsy, 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the capital, Minsk.
Kolyada leads short program at Europeans, Fernandez 3rd
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Russian figure skater Mikhail Kolyada is on track for his first European title after beating six-time defending champion Javier Fernandez in the short program on Thursday, while France claimed its first European pairs gold in 87 years.
EU leaders agree to prolong Russia sanctions over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official says EU leaders have agreed to prolong economic sanctions against Russia over its destabilization of Ukraine.
The measures targeting Russia's economy were due to expire next month, but lifting them depends on whether the EU considers that Russia is respecting the Minsk peace agreement sealed in 2015.
Europe to face US in track meet before 2019 worlds
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States will face Europe in a track and field meet in Belarus ahead of the world championships in September.
European Athletics says it has signed a deal with USA Track & Field for the Sept. 9-10 event at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. The world championships open on Sept. 27 in Doha, Qatar.
Winners of individual events in Minsk will get 7,000 euros ($7,900) in prize money, and relay teams will share 6,000 euros ($6,800).
Ukraine rebel regions vote in ballot that West calls bogus
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Residents of the eastern Ukraine regions controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels voted Sunday for local governments in elections denounced by Kiev and the West.
The elections were to choose heads of government and legislature members in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, where separatists have fought Ukrainian forces since the spring of 2014 in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people.
Minsk warns against US base in Poland, nixes Russian base
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus has warned his nation would have to beef up its weapons arsenals if the United States sets up a military base in Poland.
Commenting Tuesday on Poland's proposal to host a U.S. base, President Alexander Lukashenko said it would force Belarus to commission new missiles.
But he also reaffirmed that Belarus doesn't need a Russian military base.
Belarus president: Belting a ‘useful’ way to punish children
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian president of Belarus has rejected a prospective law against domestic violence as Western "nonsense," saying that physical punishment could be "useful" in raising children.
President Alexander Lukashenko said a draft bill criminalizing domestic violence needs more work. He told journalists Friday that he is personally against the physical punishment of children, but added that a "good belting could sometimes be useful for a kid."
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says that more than 160 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine since the beginning of the year.
Alexander Hug with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told reporters that as many as seven people were killed in July alone. Hug spoke to journalists in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine late on Thursday.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A former Ukrainian defense minister accused of embezzling $2 million has been granted refugee status in neighboring Belarus.
Mykhailo Yezhel told journalists in the Belarusian capital on Wednesday that he and his family are living in Minsk.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have thwarted the opposition's attempt to hold a rally and have detained several activists.
Tuesday's crackdown in the Belarusian capital of Minsk reflected President Alexander Lukashenko's intolerance for dissent despite his recent overtures to the West.
BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met in Berlin on Monday for talks on bringing an end to the fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The focus of the meeting was implementing an unfulfilled peace accord reached in the Belarus capital of Minsk in 2015 and the possibility of bringing United Nations peacekeepers to the region where an armed conflict has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.
Scores arrested in Belarus opposition protest in Minsk
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Scores of protesters were arrested Sunday in the capital of Belarus as supporters of the country's repressed opposition tried to hold a march.
The attempted demonstration in Minsk was meant to commemorate Belarus' 1918 proclamation of independence from Russia. The Belarusian People's Republic lasted until 1919.
The anniversary is traditionally a day for opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian government to try to rally.
Belarusian Men Race Half-Naked in Frigid Temps
Ukraine’s president signs bill on Russia-backed regions
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill aimed at reintegrating the territory in the country's east controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
The bill passed last month designates the areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as "temporarily occupied" by "aggressor country" Russia. It envisages the use of military force to get them back under Ukraine's control.
Fed Cup: Germany upsets Belarus 3-2 in Minsk to make semis
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tatjana Maria won two points in her first Fed Cup tie in seven years and led Germany past 2017 finalist Belarus and into the semifinals on Sunday.
The Germans, who last appeared in the semifinals in 2015, will host the Czech Republic in April. They last met the Czechs in the 2014 final, losing it 3-1.
Fed Cup: Belarus and Germany 1-1
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus and Germany finished 1-1 after the opening singles of their Fed Cup World Group tie on Saturday.
After Aryna Sabalenka beat Tatjana Maria, playing her first tie for Germany in seven years, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, Belarus would have expected to go 2-0 up.
But Antonia Lottner, making her Fed Cup debut for Germany, upset Aliaksandra Sasnovich, ranked more than 100 spots higher, 7-5, 6-4.
"I feel amazing," Lottner said. "I was so nervous, my pulse must have been 200 (bpm)."
Fed Cup: 2017 finalist Belarus set for rookie Germans
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka will try to get Belarus off to a good start against Tatjana Maria, who will play her first Fed Cup tie for Germany in seven years on Saturday.
Maria is leading Germany because the country's three leading players are unavailable: Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges, Carina Witthoeft. Neither are Laura Siegemund and Andrea Petkovic. All five featured last year.
Belarus bristles at Kazakhstan’s offer to host Ukraine talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus on Friday mocked Kazakhstan's suggestion that it could serve as a new venue for Ukraine peace talks previously hosted by Minsk.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said in a statement released to The Associated Press that the ex-Soviet nation "isn't seeking peacemaker's laurels unlike some others." He added that moving the talks elsewhere wouldn't change anything.
Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday passed a bill that aims to reintegrate the eastern territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, and goes as far as to declare support for taking them back by military force if necessary.
LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for Prienai
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball landed in rainy Lithuania on Wednesday night to start their career at a local basketball club.
The 19-year-old LiAngelo and his younger brother LaMelo, who is 16, signed professional one-year contracts with BC Prienai last month.
Ukraine worried about Russia’s pullout from monitoring team
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine on Wednesday criticized Russia's decision to withdraw its military observers from a joint group monitoring the truce in eastern Ukraine, saying it could fuel hostilities.
Russia announced the move earlier this week, saying that Ukraine was putting up obstacles and restrictions obstructing Russian officers' work and recently introduced new demands that made their further involvement in the group impossible.
Missing Polish fighter jet found; pilot ejected before crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wreckage from a Polish fighter jet that disappeared from radar Monday was found near a domestic air base, but the pilot of the Russian-made plane survived the crash, a defense official said.
Deputy Defense Minister Bartosz Kownacki said the pilot was able to eject before the MIG-29 fighter went down near the central Polish town of Minsk Mazowiecki, which hosts an air base.
The Defense Ministry said the accident took place on the jet's approach to the base.
The Latest: Polish official says pilot of crashed jet saved
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Polish air force jet (all times local):
A Polish official says that an air force jet that had earlier disappeared from radar screens has been found crashed but the pilot has survived.
Deputy Defense minister Bartosz Kownacki says the pilot managed to eject on Monday and that parts of the MIG-29 fighter jet have been found near the town of Minsk Mazowiecki, which hosts an air base.
Last-minute goal gives BATE its 12th straight Belarus title
GORODEYA, Belarus (AP) — A vital goal in the last seconds of the season gave BATE Borisov its 12th straight Belarusian Premier League title on Sunday.
BATE has been one of the most dominant domestic teams in European soccer history since its title streak began in 2006, but faced strong title challenges this season from Dynamo Minsk and Shakhtyor Soligorsk.
Belarus arrests Ukrainian journalist on spying charges
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus' domestic security agency says it has arrested a Ukrainian journalist on spying charges.
The agency, which still goes under its Soviet-era name, KGB, said that Ukrainian Radio correspondent Pavel Sharoiko has been in custody since his arrest in Minsk on Oct. 25.
United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title.
CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It was the first Fed Cup title for the U.S. since 2000.
"It feels perfectly believable and unbelievable," Vandeweghe said. "I'm ready for a vacation."
US, Belarus level at 1-1 in Fed Cup final
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens lost in three sets to Aryna Sabalenka as host Belarus and the United States ended the opening day of the Fed Cup final evenly poised at 1-1.
Sabalenka beat Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Saturday after CoCo Vandeweghe earlier defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 to give 17-time champion United States a 1-0 lead.
The Americans are looking to break a 17-year championship drought, while Belarus is playing in its first Fed Cup final.
Vandeweghe, Stephens open play vs Belarus in Fed Cup final
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe will play in the opening match of the Fed Cup final on Saturday when the United States takes on Belarus, with the Americans looking to break a 17-year championship drought.
Vandeweghe was drawn to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first singles match. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will then play Aryna Sabalenka.
Kathy Rinaldi, in her first season as the U.S. captain, is trying to become the first since Billie Jean King to lead a winning Fed Cup squad.
Stephens provides boost for US in Fed Cup final at Belarus
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sloane Stephens is back in the United States team for the Fed Cup final, and Victoria Azarenka is missing for Belarus.
That alone gives the early advantage to the Americans.
Stephens, who won the U.S. Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two rounds of the international team competition because of a foot injury. But she is back and will be playing alongside CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske in the best-of-five series this weekend in Minsk.
Azarenka says custody dispute keeps her out of Fed Cup final
Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka says she'll sit out the Fed Cup final between Belarus and the United States because of an ongoing custody dispute with her baby's father.
Azarenka tweeted about her absence from Belarus' team on Tuesday.
US Open champ Stephens leads US in Fed Cup final vs. Belarus
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will lead the United States against Belarus in the Fed Cup final this month.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced captain Kathy Rinaldi's roster on Wednesday.
Joining Stephens for the best-of-five-matches final on an indoor hard court in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 11-12 are two-time Grand Slam semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske.
Protest leader in Belarus sentenced to 10 days in jail
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A court in Belarus has sentenced an opposition leader to ten days in jail for calling on supporters to join unsanctioned protests.
The district court in the capital Minsk on Wednesday found 71-year old Vladimir Neklyaev guilty of encouraging supporters to take part in a rally last month that he did not attend.
Neklyaev, a former presidential candidate, pleaded not guilty and described the ruling as an "attempt to stifle and crush any protest in Belarus."
Belarusian opposition activists rally, urging leader to go
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Some 200 people rallied on Saturday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, calling for the resignation of the president who has ruled the former Soviet republic since 1994.
Opposition activists carrying Belarusian and European Union flags urged President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. They criticized some of the laws he recently pushed through, including one forcing citizens to register with the state employment exchange or pay a hefty fine.
US, Russian envoys meet on Ukraine conflict in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian foreign minister says U.S. and Russian envoys have met in Belgrade in an effort to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Minister Ivica Dacic said Kurt Volker and Vladislav Surkov held talks Saturday in the Serbian capital "dedicated to the Ukrainian crisis." No details have emerged from the closed-door meeting.
Volker tweeted the meeting is to discuss "how to catalyze Minsk implementation and restore Ukraine's territorial integrity."
Jitters in Europe as Russia-Belarus war games get underway
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Russia and Belarus began major war games Thursday, an operation involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft on NATO's eastern edge practicing how to hunt down and destroy armed spies, among other maneuvers.
Protesters in Minsk denounce military exercises with Russia
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 200 people have held an unauthorized demonstration in the Belarusian capital of Minsk to protest their nation's joint military exercises with Russia this month.
Although police in the authoritarian former Soviet republic often harshly break up unsanctioned demonstrations, there were no arrests at Friday's gathering.