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Protesters with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus. Protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation broke out after an Aug. 9 election that officials say gave him a sixth term in office and that opponents say was rigged.

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A woman wearing white, stands in front of a riot police line during a Belarusian opposition supporters' rally protesting the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus. Protests calling for the Belarusian president's resignation have broken out daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election that officials say handed him a sixth term in office.

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A man covers wave a wooden rifle as opposition supporters gather in front of police line toward the Independence Palace, residence of the President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus. Sunday's demonstration marked the beginning of the fifth week of daily protests calling for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's resignation in the wake of allegedly manipulated elections.

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Activists light flares and hold photos of those killed during mass protests in Belarus at a rally to support Belarusian opposition in front of Belarusian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. People demonstrations have become a regular feature of the four weeks of protest that have shaken Belarus following a disputed election that gave Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office.

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A woman holds small flags from Europe, an old Belarusian national and a Ukrainian national flags, during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus. Women's marches and demonstrations have become a regular feature of the four weeks of protest that have shaken Belarus following a disputed election that gave Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office.

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Belarusian opposition supporters with old Belarusian national flags and a poster reading "Why haven't the killers been arrested yet?" rally in Minsk, Belarus. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the capital of Belarus, beginning the fourth week of daily protests demanding that the country's authoritarian president resign. The protests began after an Aug. 9 presidential election that protesters say was rigged and officials say gave President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office.

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Belarusian opposition supporters with old Belarusian national flags gather towards the Independence Palace in Minsk, Belarus. Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital of Belarus, beginning the fourth week of daily protests demanding that the country's authoritarian president resign. The protests began after an Aug. 9 presidential election that protesters say was rigged and officials say gave President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office.

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Belarusian opposition supporters light phones lights and wave an old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus. The authoritarian leader of Belarus complained that encouragement from abroad has fueled daily protests demanding his resignation as European Union leaders held an emergency summit on the country's contested presidential election and fierce crackdown on demonstrators.

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Belarusian opposition supporters gather for a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus, with a Soviet era sculptures in the foreground. Workers at more state-controlled companies and factories took part in the strike that began the day before and has encompassed several truck and tractor factories, a huge potash factory that accounts for a fifth of the world's potash fertilizer output and is the nation's top cash earner, state television and the country's most prominent theater.

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Belarusian opposition supporters gather for a protest rally in Minsk, Belarus. Workers heckled President Alexander Lukashenko as he visited a factory on Monday, and strikes grew across Belarus, raising the pressure on the authoritarian leader to step down after 26 years in power.

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Opposition supporters wave a huge old Belarusian national flag as they rally in the center of Minsk, Belarus. Opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for a week aim to hold a major march in the capital of Belarus. Protests began late on Aug. 9 at the closing of presidential elections.

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People with flowers and old Belarusian national flags shout slogan "Go away!" as they gather to protest against the results of the country's presidential election in Minsk, Belarus.

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Protesters gather after the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus police and protesters clashed in the capital and the city of Brest Sunday night after a presidential election in which the country's longtime leader sought a sixth term despite rising discontent with his authoritarian rule and his cavalier dismissal of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Personnel work to begin loading nuclear fuel at Belarus' first nuclear plant which was built by Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom, near Astravets, Belarus. The plant in Astravets near the border has been built by Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Rosatom and Belarusian authorities have insisted that the 1,200-megawatt reactor is safe, but Lithuania has described the plant as a threat to the environment and public health.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talks with an employer during his visit to sewing factory Slavyanka in the town of Bobruisk, 150 km (94 miles) southeast of Minsk, Belarus. The company specializes in producing clothing for adults and children, but recently the production of personal protective equipment has been established to help protect against the coronavirus.

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At the merest mention of Belarus most of you would perplexedly think of a former Soviet republic cowering under the shadow of dour council flats and slate grey-skies. But hear this: International Women’s Day is an official holiday, and gender equality is taken seriously; it’s not just a glib shibboleth. In Minsk, the capital, thousands took part in a ‘beauty run’ in fabulous costumes—a gesture of confident womanhood.

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Participants celebrate after the women's 'Beauty Run' in Minsk, Belarus. Five thousands participants took part in the event in connection with International Women's Day, which is an official holiday in Belarus.

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Participants attend the Kissing marathon in Minsk, Belarus. Twenty four pairs were given sixty minutes to show the jury any possible way to kiss in their fight for the grand prize - a romantic trip to the sea island.

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Participants attend the Kissing marathon in Minsk, Belarus. Twenty four pairs were given sixty minutes to show the jury any possible way to kiss in their fight for the grand prize - a romantic trip to the sea island.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, background second right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, attend the talks in Minsk, Belarus. In Minsk, Pompeo plans to affirm the U.S. commitment to improving ties with Belarus, which has had a strained relationship with Russia.

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Belarus opposition activist Vyacheslav Sivchik speaks, during a protest against closer integration with Russia, which protesters fear could erode the post-Soviet independence of Belarus, in downtown Minsk, Belarus.

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People dressed in Santa Claus costumes paddle in a kayak on Komsomolskoye lake during a Santa Run race event in Minsk, Belarus.

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Traffic is seen on a highway in Minsk, Belarus. The Climate Summit COP25 runs between 2 Dec. until 13 Dec in Madrid, Spain.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko casts his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections, in Minsk, Belarus

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A man passes by mannequins as he chooses a cap at the clothing market in Minsk, Belarus.

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Models display creations by Belarusian fashion designer Natalia Korzh at the Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk, Belarus.

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Athletes of team Europe celebrate with the trophy after winning the Match Europe against USA athletics competition on the Dinamo stadium in Minsk, Belarus

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A flock of European starlings massing in the sky in a field during a sunny summer day on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.

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Fireworks explode above the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Second European Games in Minsk, Belarus. The event will run from June 21 to June 30.

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People walk next by sand sculptures during an exhibition in a park in Minsk, Belarus. Twelve sculptures of authors from Belarus and Russia are represented at the exhibition, which runs until September. Sculptures depict characters from mythology.

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A woman protects herself with an umbrella as she walks during an unexpected snowfall and strong wind in downtown Minsk, Belarus.

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An elderly man crosses the street during an unexpected snowfall and strong wind in downtown Minsk, Belarus. Snow fell in some places in Minsk, while temperatures reached 1 Celsius (34 Fahrenheit).

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The full moon rises behind a steeple with crosses of an Orthodox church in Minsk, Belarus. The phenomenon of "supermoon'' happened when the orb was the closest point to the earth and looked larger than usual.

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Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France perform during the gala exhibition at the ISU European figure skating championships in Minsk, Belarus.

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Romania's Julia Sauter perform in the ladies free skating at the ISU European figure skating championships in Minsk, Belarus.

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Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia fall down as they perform in the ice dance rhythm dance at the ISU European figure skating championships in Minsk, Belarus.

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Czech Republic's Eliska Brezinova performs in the ladies short program at the ISU European figure skating championships in Minsk, Belarus.

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People walk past the ruins of a medieval castle on a foggy day in the Belarusian town of Novogrudok, 150 km (93 miles) west of the capital Minsk as temperature kept to around 2 degrees Celsius (35 Fahrenheit).

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People walk inside a light sculpture in a park in Minsk, Belarus. After sunset people come to enjoy the exhibits scattered throughout the park.

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People walk inside an illuminated giant Christmas ball installed in Octyabrskaya Square and decorated to mark the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in Minsk, Belarus.

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People make photographs inside an illuminated giant Christmas ball installed on Octyabrskaya Square and decorated to mark the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in Minsk, Belarus.

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People play with their dogs next to a New Year tree standing on a square and decorated to mark the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in Minsk, Belarus.

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Partially covered by fog heating plant is seen in Minsk, Belarus. The two-week U.N. climate meeting COP24 in Poland is intended to finalize details of the 2015 Paris accord on keeping average global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).

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Wale's Manw, centre, performs during the 2018 Junior Eurovision song contest in Minsk, Belarus. Twenty candidates from various European countries participate at the event.

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Men dressed as 1812-era French soldiers take part in re-enact a staged battle near the Belarus village of Bryli, about 115 kilometers (70 miles) east of the capital, Minsk to mark the 206th anniversary of the Berezina battle during Napoleon's army retreat from Russia. About 50,000 people, soldiers from both sides and civilians, were killed during the crossing, which was effected under heavy Russian attack and saved Napoleon and his forces from capture.

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People walk along and take photographs at the Grand Place or Grand Square in downtown Brussels.

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An artist Eugene Komisarenko, of Russia, performs with dogs during a rehearsal of the new "Circuses of the World" show in the Belarusian State Circus in Minsk, Belarus. Participants from 11 circuses take part in the event.

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Competitors in action during a heat of the High Heels race in Minsk, Belarus. Thirty two competitors took part in the race of about one hundred meters, with the rules demanding heels of no less than five centimetres.

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The blades from a wind turbine are silhouetted against the moon in the sky in Novogrudok, Belarus, during a total lunar eclipse.

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A white stork stands on its nest on a power pole with a starry sky on the background near the village of Valoki, 95 kilometers northeast of capital Minsk, Belarus.

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Ducks take off from a pound on a cold winter's day near the village of Druzhnyi, southeast of Minsk, Belarus

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A woman poses for photo with her child next to the light composition in the park in Minsk, Belarus.

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Women take a selfie inside the light composition in the park in Minsk, Belarus. After sunset people come to admire the more than forty exhibits scattered throughout the park.

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Ducks are seen on a partially frozen river in Minsk, Belarus. The temperatures in Belarus reached around minus 5 C ( 23 F) with snowfall.

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People watch as fireworks explode over the central square during the New Year's celebration in the Belarusian town of Novogrudok, 150 km (93 miles) west of the capital Minsk.

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People walk inside an illuminated giant Christmas ball installed in Octyabrskaya Square and decorated to mark the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in Minsk, Belarus.

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Visitors inspect the cakes during a food industry exhibition in Minsk, Belarus.

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Visitors inspect the cakes during a food industry exhibition in Minsk, Belarus. Participants from fifteen countries take part in this event. During four days leading food manufacturers present their products, conduct tastings and competitions and introduce their novelties.

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Members of Belarusian Pioneers youth organisation salute standing in front of the monument to Vladimir Lenin, Soviet founder, during a ceremony marking 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in Minsk, Belarus.

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A circus artist performs during the International Festival of Circus Art in the State Circus in Minsk, Belarus.

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Circus artists perform during the International Festival of Circus Art in the State Circus in Minsk, Belarus. Participants from 16 countries take part in the event.

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Military helicopters fire during the Zapad (West) 2017 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Borisovsky range in Borisov, Belarus.

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Belarusian military jets fly during military exercises, near the Volka village, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south-west of Minsk, Belarus. The Zapad (West) 2017 military drills held jointly by Russian and Belarusian militaries at several firing ranges in both countries have rattled Russia's neighbors.

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A woman, pushed to the ground by Belarus police tries to defends herself as the police detain an activist during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus. A cordon of club-wielding police blocked the demonstrators' movement along Minsk's main avenue near the Academy of Science. Hulking police detention trucks were deployed in the city center.

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People hunting small animals cross the terrain as smoke is released from a heating plant in morning temperatures of -19 degrees Celsius (-2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Minsk, Belarus.

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Artists perform, as men wearing Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) costumes and women wearing Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) costumes, the traditional companion of Ded Moroz, wait to march in the central street in Minsk, Belarus.

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Coloured by floodlights a Hill of Glory war memorial appears through the gloom of a foggy night on the outskirts of the capital Minsk, Belarus. The majestic hill, topped with four rising bayonets, was built in honour of victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII), and soil for it was brought from nine hero cities of the USSR and from the fields of the most fierce battles of the war.

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Elks cross the road in field near the village of Karpavichi, some 50 km (31 miles) north of Minsk. The temperature in Belarus reached around -2 Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Sparrows fly along the edge of the forest as they feed in the field in outskirts Minsk, Belarus. The temperatures in Belarus reached around -6 Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit).

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People attend the "Bison Race" winter extreme run competition in the village of Silica, some 30 km (18 miles) north of the capital Minsk, Belarus. Participants had to overcome the 30 obstacles while running at a distance of eight kilometers.

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