Leading Belarus oppn candidate’s campaign manager detained Aug 09, 2020 0 622 12345 AFPMinskThe campaign manager of Belarus’s leading opposition candidate was detained on Saturday on the eve of a tense presidential vote, her office said.A spokeswoman for presidential hopeful Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told AFP that Maria Moroz had been detained and was expected to be held until Monday. It was not immediately clear on what grounds she had been detained, said spokeswoman Anna Krasulina.“She probably won’t be released before Monday,” Krasulina said. Moroz was also detained by the interior ministry on Thursday after visiting the Lithuanian embassy in Minsk. She was later released.Belarus holds the presidential election on Sunday with Tikhanovskaya posing the greatest challenge in years to long-ruling strongman Alexander Lukashenko.The 65-year-old leader has headed the ex-Soviet country bordering Russia since 1994 and Sunday’s polls are expected to hand him his sixth term.Lukashenko has presided over an aggressive crackdown on the opposition and Tikhanovskaya has charged that he will rig the vote.Early voting began in the country of 9.5 million people on Tuesday. RELATED ARTICLES Anti-govt protests in eastern Russia enter fifth weekend Aug 09, 2020 0 632 Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris amid surge in COVID-19 cases Aug 09, 2020 0 679 French say rescued 33 migrants heading for England Aug 09, 2020 0 629 Sweltering France posts traffic jam record PARIS: France saw a record level of traffic jams on Saturday, with cars stuck in gridlock on roasting roads spanning 820 kilometres across a country suffering a brutal heatwave. France’s traffic authorities said the .. Italy extends COVID-19 restrictions, allows cruise ships to sail DPA Rome The Italian government has extended measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus until September 7, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet on Friday night. Masks must .. Bodies of missing marines recovered off California WASHINGTON: The bodies of seven US marines and one soldier missing for more than a week have been recovered off the coast of California, the US Marine Corps said in a statement on Friday. The remains are to be handed over to .. Pompeo to sign contract boosting US military presence in Poland DPA Warsaw US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops during his visit to Warsaw, sources close to the presidential office said .. Britain recalls 741,000 virus testing kits over safety fears DPA London The British regulatory authority responsible for medical products has ordered the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests after they were found not to be safe for use. Up to 741,000 tests from the ..