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U.S. voices ‘concern’ at violent end to Russian gay rights rally

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States voiced “concern” Sunday over the violent end to a gay rights rally in Moscow, and called on Russian authorities to better safeguard “fundamental freedoms” of assembly. “We note with concern… that a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians,…

US calls Belarus election results illegitimate, condemns crackdown on protesters

The United States said Monday it did not consider results of the elections in Belarus legitimate, as violence broke out after President Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner by a landslide. The Obama administration also warned that treatment meted out to protesters by the authorities was “disproportionate” and warned escalating…

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