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Belarus opposition seeks U.N. reinforcement

The opposition leader of Belarus asked the United Nations for help challenging longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown.

UNITED NATIONS (AN) — The opposition leader of Belarus appealed to the United Nations for help on Friday in challenging authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown over a disputed presidential election.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called for the 15-nation U.N. Security Council, the world body's most powerful arm, to impose sanctions against Lukashenko and other Belarusian officials responsible for "crimes against humanity" and a rigged election.

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