Pompeo calls for joint US-EU effort on Belarus crisis Aug 14, 2020 0 482 12345 AFPBled, SloveniaUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that Washington hoped to work with the EU to resolve the crisis in Belarus where veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko’s controversial re-election has sparked unprecedented protests.Thousands have been arrested following mass peaceful protests that have been brutally quashed by police following Sunday’s vote, which opponents say was rigged.“I’m confident that the EU and the United States share the same concerns about what has taken place and what is taking place in Belarus, and I’m very hopeful that we can collectively work” to address the crisis, he told reporters during a visit to Slovenia.On Wednesday, Pompeo said Belarusians should be given “the freedoms that they are demanding” and urged authorities in the former Soviet republic not to harm protesters.Flanking Pompeo in a joint press conference, Slovenian Prime Minister Janek Jansa called for fresh polls in Belarus.“The only peaceful solution for the current crisis in Belarus is to repeat the elections under the strong presence of the international observation missions,” the EU member’s leader said.The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which has sent observers to Belarus since 2001, was not invited to monitor Sunday’s polls.European Union foreign ministers are set to discuss Belarus at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, with some in the bloc calling for the re-imposition of sanctions.Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday on Facebook that he had spoken to his counterpart Edgars Rinkevics of Latvia, which borders Belarus. “We are interested in seeing EU decisions taken that are based on dialogue, that don’t preclude future relation building between Belarus and the European Union, and that don’t hinder the Eastern Partnership programme either,” he said.That programme is a joint initiative between the EU, its members and six Eastern European countries, including Belarus. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Biden, Harris focus White House campaign on COVID-19 crisis Aug 14, 2020 0 3069 Countries tighten rules as global coronavirus deaths pass 750,000 Aug 14, 2020 0 62 Finland reverses policy, recommends mask use Aug 14, 2020 0 1213 Italy’s government receives 200 complaints over pandemic response ROME: More than 200 people have filed complaints against leading Italian government figures including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and other cabinet members over their handling of the .. Germany admits delay in thousands of virus test results BERLIN: Bavarian premier Markus Soeder was forced to apologise on Thursday over an embarrassing delay to thousands of coronavirus test results, just as Germany was seeing a new spike in virus cases. Some 44,000 people .. Britain says over 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle DPA London More than 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle in Britain under a scheme launched following the country’s Brexit referendum, the government said on Thursday. “I’m pleased there have been more than .. Buses and trains disinfected as N Korea ramps up virus measures SEOUL: Temperature checks, hand sanitisers, and face masks are being enforced across Pyongyang’s public transport system as North Korea intensifies its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. North Korea -- whose .. No need to panic as food safe from coronavirus: WHO AFP Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged people not to fear catching the novel coronavirus from food, after Chinese testers found traces on food and food packaging. The virus was found on Tuesday ..