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Lukashenka denies referendum plans

Alyaksandr Lukashenka insisted on Tuesday that he had no plans so far to call a referendum on changes to the constitution.

Belarus needs to speed up reforms, IMF says

  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that Belarus needs to speed up deep reforms targeting the state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector, Peter Dohlman, head of the IMF mission to Belarus, told reporters in Minsk on Thursday.

More than 100 people in Minsk stage protest against military exercise

Former presidential candidates Mikalay Statkevich and Uladzimir Nyaklyayew led a crowd of more than a hundred people who demonstrated in central Minsk on Friday to express protest against Belarus` coming military exercise with Russia.

Lukashenka: Huge number of observers invited to attend Zapad 2017

Belarus has taken steps to dispel neighbors` concerns over its coming joint military exercise with Russia and invited a "huge number" of observers to attend the maneuvers, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Thursday in Minsk, speaking at a meeting with top officials representing the Security Coun

Resolution critical of Minsk omitted from OSCE PA session’s final declaration

A resolution criticizing Belarus’ human rights record was not included in the final declaration adopted on the final day of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s 26th Annual Session in Minsk on July 9.

Minsk to co-host 2021 world hockey championship

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)'s Annual Congress on Friday named Minsk and Riga as the venues of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Opposition activist Dzmitry Paliyenka declared political prisoner

A number of Belarusian human rights groups have declared opposition activist Dzmitry Paliyenka a political prisoner and demanded his immediate release.

Company ends construction project near Kurapaty

A private company announced on Thursday that it was yielding to protesters' demands and would not build a business center at a site close to Kurapaty, a place where thousands of people are believed to have been executed and buried by Stalin's secret police in the 1930s and 1940s.

Protester handcuffs himself to truck to halt construction near Kurapaty

An opposition activist on Friday handcuffed himself to a truck and threw away the key to halt construction work at a site near Kurapaty, a scene of Stalin-era mass executions.

Lukashenka: Average pay of $500 is feasible

Alyaksandr Lukashenka insisted on Thursday that raising average monthly pay to $500 in Belarus was a completely realistic task this year.

Air pollution at more than double the safe limit in Minsk

Air pollution was more than double the safe limit in a windless Minsk on Tuesday, as roaring wood stoves around the Belarusian capital added to higher levels of particulate matter in the air.

Natallya Kachanava appointed head of Presidential Administration

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Wednesday appointed Deputy Prime Minister Natallya Kachanava to the position of head of the Presidential Administration.

Opposition activists demonstrate in Minsk in support of Belsat TV

A group of Belarusian opposition activists demonstrated in front of the Presidential Administration in downtown Minsk, demanding that the government ensure the existence of a Belarusian-language independent television channel to counter Russian television propaganda.

Lukashenka calls for closer political ties with Poland

Alyaksandr Lukashenka met with the speaker of Poland's Senate in Minsk on Monday, calling for closer political ties between the two countries.

EU developing new support program for SMEs in Belarus

The European Union is developing a new support program for small and medium-sized businesses in Belarus, Andrea Wiktorin, head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, said Thursday in Minsk while speaking at a conference titled “Reforms for Inclusive Growth.”  

Opposition activists stage traditional Dzyady march

An estimated crowd of about 200 people staged an annual commemorative march in Minsk on October 30 to honor the memory of Stalinist terror victims on the occasion of Dzyady (Remembrance of Ancestors Day).

Lukashenka attacks Russia over oil supply cut

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has denounced Russia's decision to reduce its oil exports to Belarus amid a fresh gas price dispute between the two countries.  

Opposition activists stage “National Flag Avenue” demonstration

Opposition activists staged a demonstration in downtown Minsk on Monday evening, marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the white-red-white flag and the Pahonya emblem as Belarus’ state symbols.

Yury Chyzh released from jail

Yury Chyzh, a prominent Belarusian businessman who was arrested in March, was reportedly released on Wednesday.

Ongoing elections have been most democratic since 2000, top election official says

The ongoing elections for the House of Representatives have been the most democratic in the country since 2000, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the central election commission, told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday after casting her ballot at a polling station in Electoral District No.

Lukashenka: Teachers' pay should be raised by 25 percent

The government should raise school teachers' pay by at least 25 percent, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said in Minsk on Thursday, speaking during a visit to a boarding school for hearing-impaired children.

Lukashenka set to visit China next month

Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced Thursday that he was going to visit China in late September.

Election authorities register 521 parliamentary candidates

As many as 521 people were registered as candidates in the upcoming elections for the 110-seat House of Representatives, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the central election commission, told BelaPAN on Friday, one day after the candidate registration s

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.

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