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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. The meeting raises new questions about the role Belarus may play in Russia's war against Ukraine.

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting
Yadgar Hussein recounts her perilous journey through Eastern Europe in her living room in Erbil after being deported from Poland, Nov. 24, 2021.

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe
People stand around a bombed-out building

The Taliban claims responsibility for deadly car bombing in Kabul

The Taliban claims responsibility for deadly car bombing in Kabul
Several people are shown wearing protective face masks and standing behind a red string with several folded paper airplanes attached.

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over Protasevich arrest

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over Protasevich arrest
A group of women, several wearing red, are shown with their hands in the air and with dozens of photographs in front of them.

Belarus targets journalists, activists in new raids

Belarus targets journalists, activists in new raids
A close-up photo of Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius as he answers questions during a meeting with the press in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vilnius, Lithuania, Aug. 11, 2020.

Lithuanian foreign minister calls for support for Belarusian protesters

Linas Linkevicius, the Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs, has been one of the most vocal world leaders speaking up against Alexander Lukashenko. He tells host Marco Werman why he supports the protesters.

Lithuanian foreign minister calls for support for Belarusian protesters
A large crowd of people are shown in a public square in Minsk with a man in the center of the photograph wave a large red Belarusian flag.

Belarusian authorities crank up pressure on opposition

Authorities in Belarus on Tuesday steadily cranked up the pressure on protesters, jailing several opposition activists, summoning others for questioning and selectively ordering dozens of demonstrators to appear in court.

Belarusian authorities crank up pressure on opposition
A single protestor holds up an old Belarusian national flag standing in front of a wall of officers holding large riot shields.

Belarus, explained: How Europe's last dictator could fall

President Alexander Lukashenka of Belarus has stayed in power for 26 years by being a master tactician. But he has seriously mishandled opposition protests, says a Belarus-born scholar of Eastern European politics.

Belarus, explained: How Europe's last dictator could fall
A large crowd of people are shown en mass holding signs on a bright sunny day.

Belarus workers on the streets as EU chief calls summit

Thousands of factory workers in Belarus took to the streets and crowds of demonstrators besieged the state television headquarters Monday, raising the pressure on authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down after 26 years in office.

Belarus workers on the streets as EU chief calls summit
Wearing a beige and black sweater, Belarusian opposition figure Veronika Tsepkalo stands on a roof deck in Moscow while in exile from her country.

Opposition figure calls for 'new, democratic, open country called Belarus'

Mass protests in Belarus have been met by violent crackdowns after the recent election. Veronika Tsepkalo, who helped create one of the largest expressions of dissent Belarus has seen in years, joined The World's host Marco Werman from Moscow to talk about the latest events.

Opposition figure calls for 'new, democratic, open country called Belarus'
A man and a woman are shown hugging with several people nearby taking photographs.

Belarus authorities free detainees amid protesters' pressure

Belarusian authorities have released about 1,000 people detained amid demonstrations contesting the results of the presidential election, in an attempt to assuage public anger against a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests and avoid Western sanctions.

Belarus authorities free detainees amid protesters' pressure
A man is shown kneeling on the ground in front of several security officers dressed in camoflage and carrying weapons.

Belarus says police fired live rounds at protesters as EU weighs sanctions

Intensifying a crackdown following a controversial election, Belarus' interior ministry said on Wednesday that police had fired live rounds at protesters in the city of Brest and arrested more than 1,000 people nationwide.

Belarus says police fired live rounds at protesters as EU weighs sanctions
Several people are shown carrying an injured protester on their shoulders with smoke all around them.

Election protests erupt in Belarus; Lebanon remains on the brink; US tops 5 million COVID-19 cases

In Belarus, the opposition has refused to concede that incumbent Alexander Lukashenko won Sunday’s presidential election, leaders around the globe are offering aid to Lebanon, and on Sunday, the US topped 5 million recorded coronavirus cases.

Election protests erupt in Belarus; Lebanon remains on the brink; US tops 5 million COVID-19 cases
A sunset with the silhouette of a mosque and man approaching

How 16 Americans found family, faith and their immigrant roots — generations after their parents left their homelands

Through war and Islamophobia, a generation thought they might have lost their histories and faith in Eastern Europe. But, unexpectedly, they found it again.

How 16 Americans found family, faith and their immigrant roots — generations after their parents left their homelands
A woman cries as she waits for humanitarian aid in the battered town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine.

War rages on in Ukraine despite talk of peace

World leaders might be talking about peace talks for Ukraine, but for civilians caught in the middle, the fighting is worse than ever. Stories from both sides of no-man’s land.

War rages on in Ukraine despite talk of peace