Belarus has been rocked by strikes and weekly street protests since authorities announced that President Lukashenko, who has ruled in authoritarian fashion since 1994, had secured re-election on August 9 with 80 percent of votes.
Baku says Yerevan attacked its civilians who were visiting a cemetery in western Tartar city, causing fatalities and injuries, as fighting over the occupied Karabakh enclave runs into its third week.
President Alexander Lukashenko holds a rare meeting with detained opposition leaders, state-run Belta news agency reports.
Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops over Nagorno-Karabakh resumes ahead of a crucial meeting of Azerbaijan's top diplomat with US, Russian and French envoys.
Armenian soldiers hit Azerbaijan's second-largest city, Ganja, away from the flashpoint occupied Karabakh region, with Baku threatening retaliation.
Top opposition Telegram channel, Nexta, says authorities have opened more than 250 criminal cases against President Lukashenko's would-be rivals, activists, bloggers, and ordinary Belarusians.
Belarusian security forces detained dozens of protesters as crowds rallied in central Minsk accusing President Lukashenko of rigging last month's election.
The lawyer, Lyudmila Kazak was defending Maria Kolesnikova, a key member of a council Belarus’ political opposition set up to push for a new presidential election.
Belarusian opposition calls for a "civil disobedience campaign" after Alexander Lukashenko took oath as president despite weeks of protests against "rigged election".
Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, has been rocked by mass street protests since President Lukashenko claimed victory in an August 9 election that his opponents say was rigged.
France criticises Belarus for forcing opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko into exile, as opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova refuses to be pushed into Ukraine.
Protest leader Maria Kolesnikova is not in police custody, officials confirm after reports that she had been forcefully taken by unidentified people in central Minsk.
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