Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was convicted in Minsk of tax evasion Thursday and sentenced to 4½ years in prison, with all his assets confiscated, Human Rights Watch said.
Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona as the European champions crushed BATE Borisov 5-0 to claim their first Group H win in this season's Champions League.
Vowing to crackdown on a new wave of anti-government protests, President Alexander Lukashenko warned Sunday in Minsk there will be "no color revolution" scenarios in Belarus, the nation he has ruled with an iron fist since 1994, the official Belarusian Telegraph Company reported.
Spain's footballing dominance continues as the country's under-21 team emulated their senior counterparts by winning the European Championship title on Saturday.
Unfancied Belarus once again frustrated France in Euro 2012 qualifying action on Friday, earning a 1-1 draw at home to the Group D leaders.
President Barack Obama on Saturday held up Poland's transition to democracy in the 1980s as a model for nations today pushing back against their governments -- from countries in North Africa and the Middle East to some in Eastern Europe.
CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports on President Obama's meetings in Poland.
Russian state media report an explosion struck a subway station in the Belarus capital of Minsk.
Two people suspected of involvement in the deadly bombing at a Minsk subway station were detained late Tuesday night, Belarus Deputy Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said at a news briefing Wednesday.
Belarus investigators described a suspect in Monday's subway bombing that killed 12 people as a 27-year-old man, but they were unsure about motives or if the bomber had help.
At least 11 people were killed and more than 100 others injured after an explosion struck a subway station in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday evening, state media reported, citing President Alexander Lukashenko.
United Nations officials apologized to Belarus this week for an incorrect report accusing it of shipping attack helicopters to the disputed president of the Ivory Coast.
The United Nations on Monday accused Belarus of defying an arms embargo against Ivory Coast by delivering three attack helicopters to the disputed president of the West African nation.
The president of Belarus will be sworn in Friday after an election that triggered massive protests and led to hundreds of arrests.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who preliminary results show has easily won election to a fourth term, praised police actions in dispersing post-election demonstrators and castigated the protesters as "vandals and thugs."
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, once called "the last dictator in Europe" by a U.S. official, easily won re-election in voting Sunday, according to exit polls reported by several media outlets.
Voters in Belarus head to the polls Sunday to cast their ballots in presidential elections.
Maria Sharapova crashed out of the China Open on Tuesday, with the former world No. 1 suffering her second consecutive early exit.
Belarussian lawmakers have set December 19 as the date for the country's next presidential election, the state-owned BelTA news agency said Tuesday.
Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Monday that Sunday's referendum establishing a new constitution was illegitimate. He vehemently denied accusations that he was behind recent violence that killed scores of ethnic Uzbeks.
Russian energy giant Gazprom has paid Belarus $228 million for delivering natural gas to Europe, the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti said Thursday.
Belarus has paid its natural gas debt to Russian energy giant Gazprom in full, a top Belarus government official said Wednesday, in the latest twist of a dispute that could affect Europe's energy supplies.
Belarus' president has ordered the halt of Russian natural gas deliveries to Europe via Belarus, his office told CNN Tuesday.
Russia began to cut off natural gas supplies to Belarus on Monday as talks over unpaid debts continued, Russian state media reported.
Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Monday that he had no intention of returning to power and hopes to remain in Belarus, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.
The ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Wednesday he still considers himself the country's president, even though he was forced to resign, according to news reports from Minsk, Belarus.
The U.S. is eager to show that things are back to normal at a transit center in Kyrgyzstan. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
Kyrgyzstan's interim government has said it will demand the extradition of the country's ousted president from Belarus once the investigation into the bloody massacre of April 7 is completed.
Defending champion Venus Williams cruised into the last 16 of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday, but 2008 winner Elena Dementieva was forced to retire in her second-round tie.
Oil continued to rally for an eighth straight session and closed at the highest level in more than fourteen months as a pricing dispute and disruption in crude exports between Russia and Belarus worried investors.
Defending champion Russia got the win it wanted and the tough match it needed with a 4-2 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday at the ice hockey world championship.
Sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova has failed in her attempts to reach a third successive Indian Wells final, crashing out in three sets to Polish wildcard Urszula Radwanska.
In these times of financial doom and gloom, which has led some naysayers to predict a meltdown for some EPL clubs (more on that later), the team that was at the bottom of our Christmas card list less than a year ago has brought tidings of joy to the English footballing public. The Three Lions have got their roar back and resemble a team that can play football again!
Wayne Rooney scored two second half goals as England maintained their perfect start to World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win over Belarus in Minsk on Wednesday night.
A Polish court has ordered the detention of a man accused of holding his daughter captive for six years and repeatedly raping her, ultimately fathering two children with her.
The Department of Justice announced that it had charged 11 people in connection with the hacking of nine major U.S. retailers and the theft and sale of more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers
The United States is cutting the size of its embassy staff in Belarus amid a diplomatic dispute with that country's government, the U.S. State Department said Monday.
The Czech Republic sealed top spot in Euro 2008 Group D qualifying with a comfortable 2-0 victory in Cyprus.
Breast milk is best for babies' health and well-being, but a new study finds it doesn't help prevent asthma or allergies
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele powered to his third successive 10,000 meters world title with a pulsating victory on Monday.
Former European champions Red Star Belgrade set up a Champions League third round qualifying third clash with Rangers despite a 2-1 defeat at Estonian champions Levadia Tallin on Wednesday.
Former Iraq coach Bernd Stange has been appointed manager of Belarus, the country's football federation announced Tuesday.
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Former world pole vault champion Dmitri Markov, who hailed from Belarus but scored his most notable achievements wearing Australian colors, has been forced to retire because of a persistent foot injury.
Russian oil is again flowing through Belarus, but the three-day shutdown has raised yet more concerns about how reliable the world's second-largest oil exporter really is.
Oil prices rebounded Thursday, recovering from 18-month lows after reports said talks between Russia and Belarus over a major pipeline closure fell through. In addition, a report said OPEC cuts could leave crude trading in the $60s for the rest of the year.
Romania scored twice in the opening 10 minutes on their way to a 3-1 defeat of Belarus in Bucharest and top place in Euro 2008 Group G.
Roma defender Cristian Chivu heads a 13-strong overseas contingent that will form the core of Romania's squad for next month's Euro 2008 Group G qualifier against Belarus.
Netherlands washed away the bad taste of their poor weekend performance to beat Belarus 3-0 in a Euro 2008 Group G qualifier on Wednesday.
Gothenburg's favourite son Christian Olsson and Russian Yelena Isinbayeva lit up another damp day at the Ullevi stadium, where they demolished the opposition at the European championships on Saturday.
German Ulrike Maisch was a surprise winner of the women's marathon at the European championships in Gothenburg, splashing through the rain for a personal best of two hours 30 minutes and one second.
Russian officials said Monday there had been a "huge" oil spill in an export pipeline in the Byransk region, which is near Russia's western border with Ukraine and Belarus.
England suffered a faltering start to their World Cup preparations as an experimental 'B' side slid to a 2-1 defeat to Belarus on Thursday night and reserve goalkeeper Robert Green was ruled out through injury.
Zbynek Irgl's goal late in extra time gave the Czech Republic a dramatic 4-3 victory over Russia on Thursday, sending the titleholders into a world championship semifinal with Finland.
Ryan Malone scored a goal and set up another as the United States beat holders Czech Republic 3-1 at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday.
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Millions of people have gathered worldwide to mark May Day and demand better working conditions, while others also used the annual event to push for political change.
The European Union has condemned violence used by Belarus authorities to quell demonstrations and called for the "immediate release" of an arrested opposition leader.
Western leaders have agreed to impose restrictive measures on the Belarussian government as they condemned a crackdown against opposition protesters in Minsk.
Veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko, declared the winner of Belarus's presidential election by a huge margin in a vote denounced as fraudulent, has said "the revolution that was talked about so much ... has failed."
European monitors and the United States have condemned the weekend presidential election in Belarus that saw President Alexander Lukashenko re-elected in a landslide, with the White House joining opposition calls for a new vote.
The State Department on Wednesday said that laudable human-rights practices tend to occur in democracies, but it noted in its annual report on human rights that democracy does not guarantee what President Bush has called a commitment to "the non-negotiable demands of human dignity."
Georgios Samaras made a memorable debut for Greece by scoring the only goal in their win over Belarus on Tuesday at the start of an eight-nation friendly tournament.
Australian newcomer Chris Guccione steered his country to a 3-2 victory over Switzerland in their Davis Cup World Group first round tie on Sunday.
Holders Croatia hold a 2-0 lead over Austria, Belarus lead 2004 champions Spain and Russia head the Netherlands after the opening day singles in the Davis Cup first round.
Eight cross-country skiers including an Olympic gold medallist and two U.S. team members have been banned for five days after tests showed they had an abnormally high red blood cell count -- which could boost endurance.
Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has been voted Belarus's Player of the Year in a nationwide poll of the country's soccer experts conducted by the sports daily Pressbol.
Scotland manager Walter Smith is hopeful captain Barry Ferguson will be fit for their final World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Slovenia.
Fifty people have been injured, four critically, in a blast in the Belarussian city of Vitebsk, the Russian news agency Interfax said.
Olympic champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia retained the world 10,000 meters title in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.
Olimpiada Ivanova of Russia set the first world record of the world athletics championships in Helsinki on Sunday, clinching the US$160,000 bonus available as she won the 20-kilometer walk.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lent political support Thursday to Belarus opposition members aiming to oust President Alexander Lukashenko.
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have signed an agreement that will allow joint military exercises and eventually a joint military capability.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has denied that the Bush administration's policy of promoting freedom and democracy around the world is aimed at "fomenting revolution" but praised efforts by people in other countries to "throw off the yoke of tyranny."
Bottom team Moldova held Norway to a goalless draw in a dull Group Five World Cup qualifier played in driving snow in Chisinau on Wednesday.
Francesco Totti scored twice as Italy got their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 4-3 victory over Belarus in a remarkable group five game.
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro and midfielder Mauro Camoranesi have been ruled out of Wednesday's crunch Group Five World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus.
U.S. world number two Andy Roddick will face Belarus' Vladimir Voltchkov in the opening singles tie of their Davis Cup semi-final on Friday.
Belarus handed Turkey the worst possible result before the 2002 World Cup semifinalists begin their 2006 qualifying campaign against Georgia, when they beat them 2-1.
Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov beat Agustin Calleri and Lucas Arnold 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 to give Belarus an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against Argentina in Minsk.
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