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2006-07-16 12:29:57

By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian police on Sunday detained about 30 people who staged a demonstration outside the Russian embassy to demand the Kremlin stop backing hardline President Alexander Lukashenko. The demonstration was mounted as Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of only a handful of world leaders to congratulate Lukashenko on his re-election in March, hosted a G8 summit in St. Petersburg. The demonstrators had defied a ban three days after opposition...

2006-03-28 08:24:27

By Dmitry Solovyov MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, whose re-election sparked opposition protests, on Tuesday abruptly delayed his inauguration without explanation, but declared "all political battles" were over in his country. Lukashenko had been scheduled to take the oath of office on Friday and some opposition activists had been gearing up to mark their disapproval by launching a sticker campaign depicting a skull on a black background. But Nikolai...

2006-03-27 10:12:59

By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian courts on Monday jailed for up to 15 days dozens of mostly young protesters detained when police broke up rallies against a presidential election judged unfair by the West. The European Union, accused by Minsk of trying to foment revolution, urged the release of the protesters while Belarussian customs officers barred a Polish diplomat from entering the country. Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich dismissed the trials as a farce...

2006-03-27 06:18:01

By Nikolai Pavlov MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian courts on Monday began trying opposition protesters detained when police broke up a weekend rally against a presidential election judged unfair in the West. The opposition had rallied up to 10,000 supporters for protests over the past week, demonstrations unmatched in recent years in a country ruled with a Soviet-style authoritarian hand by veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko. Police on Saturday broke up the protests against...

2006-03-26 12:13:08

By Dmitry Solovyov MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus accused the West on Sunday of trying to foment unrest on its streets, while opposition leaders in the ex-Soviet state traded accusations over failure of a protest broken up by police at the weekend. Belarus's foreign ministry said the European Union and the United States were "on the verge of anti-Belarussian hysteria" in criticizing the police action and arrests. Opposition leaders Alexander Kozulin and Alexander Milinkevich called...

2006-03-26 06:13:31

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has demanded the release of a Belarussian opposition leader arrested during a rally to protest against last week's election victory of President Alexander Lukashenko, EU president Austria said. "The EU Presidency is appalled by the violence used against demonstrators by the Belarussian authorities," Austria said in a statement issued late on Saturday on behalf of the 25-nation bloc. Austria holds the EU's rotating six-month presidency until the...

2006-03-25 11:32:14

By Andrei Makhovsky and Oleg Shchedrov MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian riot police broke up a protest march on Saturday just hours after a rally at which a top opposition leader proclaimed the launch of a movement to "liberate" the country from President Alexander Lukashenko. With the march dispersed just outside the city center, police began hunting down opposition leaders. Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich, in a public challenge to Lukashenko, told the rally that more and more...

2006-03-25 10:27:11

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian police on Saturday detained one of the two opposition leaders who lost to President Alexander Lukashenko in elections a week ago, witnesses said. Opposition supporters said riot police had pulled Alexander Kozulin out of a crowd of protesters marching on a detention center where about 200 of their comrades are being held. Separately, Interfax news agency reported that Alexander Milinkevich, the main leader of the opposition, had also been detained but an...

2006-03-25 09:22:35

By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus's opposition leader on Saturday publicly told President Alexander Lukashenko that more and more people were losing their fear of him and announced the formation of a movement to "liberate" the country from his grip. In the most audacious public challenge to the man who has just been re-elected after running Belarus with an iron rod for 12 years, Alexander Milinkevich told a rally: "I declare the creation of a Popular Movement for the...

2006-03-25 07:41:18

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus's opposition leader, addressing a rally protesting against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, proclaimed on Saturday the creation of a movement to "liberate" the country. "I declare the creation of a Popular Movement for the Liberation of Belarus," Alexander Milinkevich told a crowd of several thousands massed in a park in the capital Minsk. Milinkevich, heavily defeated by Lukashenko in a March 19 election that his supporters say was...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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