The Super Cup game heralding the beginning of the football season took place behind closed doors, and saw perennial domestic champions FC Istiklol come from behind to beat FC Khujand 2-1 in the capital Dushanbe.
Described as a Cold War casualty, Russia has been reasserting itself both politically and militarily. Experts argue that Moscow aims to reclaim its old glory.
Over 1,000 opposition demonstrators rally in Minsk to protest closer integration with Russia.
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to seek a sixth term in office after winning pro-Lukashenko parties dominated Sunday’s parliamentary election.
Belarus' longtime president, Alexander Lukashenko, declared the games open before a "flame of peace" was lit and fireworks were launched from the roof of the Dinamo stadium.
The leaders of Turkey, Russia, Qatar, China, and Iran arrived for Asian cooperation summit in Tajikistan, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the world to respect UN resolutions and the historical and legal status of Jerusalem.
Ukraine is in the process of establishing an independent church, which Russia sees as a split in Orthodox Christianity, prompting it to retaliate against Constantinople for backing the Ukrainian church.
Ties were cut in 2012 when a Swedish public relations firm dropped hundreds of teddy bears over Belarus, urging the government to show greater respect for human rights.
President Alexander Lukashenko's remarks come a day after Armenia's prime minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned following two weeks of street protests.
The resolution also called on the government of Myanmar to allow access for aid workers, ensure the return of all Rohingya refugees and grant full citizenship rights to them.
Ukraine ousted a Russian-backed president in February 2014 in a pro-European uprising and has been seeking the promise of future EU membership ever since.
The Netherlands, World Cup finalists in South Africa in 2010 and semi-finalists four years later, crashed out despite beating Sweden 2-0.
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