Belarusian opposition politician Tsikhanouskaya wanted by Russia: interior ministry database

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is listed as wanted by Russia in connection with a crime, according to a database of Russia’s interior ministry.

It was unclear when Tsikhanouskaya’s name was added to the database, but Russian media outlets first reported it on Wednesday.

Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania shortly after a disputed Aug. 9 election and has since met with European political leaders and called for President Alexander Lukashenko to leave power.

(Reporting by Anton Zverev and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Ex-Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya placed on ‘wanted’ list in Russia, under Union State treaty with Minsk

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition candidate in Belarus’ disputed August presidential election, has been placed on the interstate wanted list by Russia’s Interior Ministry. The move follows a request by police in Minsk.

The database on the ministry’s website says that Tikhanovskaya is wanted as part of a criminal case. However it doesn’t specify which article of the criminal code she’s suspected of violating, or the precise crime she’s accused of in her homeland. 

A police source told Moscow news agency TASS that Tikhanovskaya is facing criminal charges in Belarus, but Russian law enforcement is also obliged to look for her, as this is how the interstate wanted list works. They allow for the arrest and extradition of suspects among the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members, which includes Russia, Belarus, and seven other former Soviet republics.

The Belarusian Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Tikhanovskaya over her calls for a seizure of power, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. It began after the 38-year-old initiated the creation of an opposition coordination council, tasked with transferring authority in the country to her from President Alexander Lukashenko.

According to official results, Tikhanovskaya secured ten percent of the vote in the Belarusian presidential election on August 9, which was overwhelmingly won by the country’s longtime leader, Alexander Lukashenko, according to the disputed official count.

The opposition refused to accept the results of the vote, insisting that it was rigged by the government.

Belarus has been gripped by protests since then, with thousands taking to the streets every weekend demanding Lukashenko’s resignation and calling for a new election.  

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Tikhanovskaya, who claims that she’s the rightful president, fled the country for Lithuania several days after the vote over fears of persecution by the authorities in Minsk.

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A teacher with terminal cancer wanted to repaint his house in his wife’s preferred color, knowing she’ll outlive him. Friends swarmed to help him

The 45-year-old teacher from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, started chemotherapy treatments when he was diagnosed last year, but in July doctors told him he had only months left to live.

“I found out I was not going to win the fight,” Gjoraas told CNN on Monday.

In July, after teaching for 22 years, he made the tough decision to pack up his classroom at Washington High School and retire to spend more time with his wife and three children. Gjoraas shared the news on social media, and since then, the community has rallied around his family.

“My community has really gone to bat for my family and I over and over and over,” he said.

People organized fundraisers for the family, and most recently a dozen people came over to help paint the outside of his house — something Gjoraas wanted to do for his wife.

The house was painted Saturday.

Gjoraas, a craft beer enthusiast, said he mentioned the idea to his friend, retired teacher Doug Rinken, over drinks. Gjoraas and his family have lived in the home for more than 20 years and he said it was time for it to be repainted.

“I just asked him if next summer, which I probably won’t be here for, if he can paint it for my wife,” he said.

The Gjoraas family wouldn’t have to wait till next year. Rinken organized about a dozen other teachers and friends to help paint the brown house blue — a color that Gjoraas’ wife, Lisa, picked out.
“You want to help in any way you can, but you know that whatever you do, it isn’t going to be enough,” Rinken told the Argus Leader, the local newspaper, on Saturday. “Even this what we’re doing today, it isn’t going to change anything, but I just hope it makes him feel a little more comfortable. It maybe makes us feel a little better too.”
Tim Gjoraas holds a Budweiser beer that he drank in honor of a late colleague.

It took the group a little over half a day to paint the house. Then they cracked open some beers and shared stories.

Gjoraas said he is very appreciative of all the support the community and friends have given his family. He said he is soaking up all the memories he can get with his family and having a beer with friends on days he feels good.

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Ex-Pence aide says Trump officials wanted to end coronavirus task force

  • Vice President’s former top aide on the coronavirus task force, told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday that some senior White House aides wanted to “wind down” the task force in April. 
  • In early May, President Donald Trump announced that he would wind down the coronavirus task force before abruptly reversing course.
  • Olivia Troye left her White House post in August and on Thursday delivered scathing criticism of the president’s pandemic response, accusing him of showing a “flat-out disregard for human life.” 
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Olivia Troye, Vice President’s former top aide on the coronavirus task force, told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday that some senior White House aides wanted to “wind down” the task force at the end of April, even as COVID-19 was surging across the country. 

“In the middle of a pandemic, how could you do that?” she said. 

In early May, President Donald Trump announced that he would wind down the coronavirus task force before abruptly reversing course and declaring the task force would “continue on indefinitely with its focus on SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN.” 

“I thought we could wind it down sooner … at a certain point, we won’t need the task force,” Trump told reporters on May 5, adding, “But I had no idea how popular the task force is until actually yesterday when I started talking about winding it down.” 

In both her interview with The Post and a video for the group Republican Voters Against Trump, Troye delivered scathing criticism of Trump’s pandemic response. She argued that the president showed a “flat-out disregard for human life” and that he was more concerned with the economy and his reelection than with protecting Americans.

“The president’s rhetoric and his own attacks against people in his administration trying to do the work, as well as the promulgation of false narratives and incorrect information of the virus have made this ongoing response a failure,” she told The Post. 

Before leaving her post in August, Troye served for two years as a top homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to Pence. She advised the vice president on a range of high-priority issues, including mass shootings, immigration, and hurricanes, and she was deeply involved in the administration’s pandemic response. 

The White House dismissed Troye’s allegations as “flat-out inaccurate.” Pence called his former close aide “one more disgruntled employee who’s left the WH decided to play politics during an election year.” 

When asked about Troye, the president simply responded, “I have no idea who she is, she doesn’t know me.”

A lifelong Republican who also served in President George W. Bush’s administration, Troye says she will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Troye told The Post she regrets not pushing back more on White House officials and policies she disagreed with while she was a staffer.  

“I wished I had been more aggressive in fighting internal forces that were working against the CDC and other policies

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Michelle Obama Never Wanted Malia And Sasha To ‘Resent The Presidency’ While Growing Up In The White House

Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, Michelle Obama are posing for a picture: Michelle Obama opens up about what it was like raising her two daughters while living in the White House.

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Michelle Obama opens up about what it was like raising her two daughters while living in the White House.

Raising children in any atmosphere is no easy feat. Living in the White House and facing global pressure only increased the challenges, Michelle Obama confirms. The former First Lady opened up about raising daughters Malia, 22 and Sasha, 19 in the spotlight for the season finale of The Michelle Obama Podcast. During the episode, Obama spoke with her mother, Marian Robinson, and older brother, Craig, about what parenting lessons they learned while growing up in Chicago.

Any guidance grasped was naturally modified when the Obama family moved into the White House in 2009.

‘One of the things that I had to learn how to negotiate was creating these boundaries with my kids in the White House,’ Michelle remembered. ‘I mean, you talk about being raised in a totally different world than I ever knew? It’s like, pluckin’ these little girls out of our normal life on the South Side of Chicago with Craig, and mom, and our way of doing things, and our community, and then, putting them in a historic mansion with butlers and maids, and florists, and gardeners, and Secret service, and then trying to make sure that they understood boundaries, understood responsibility.’

Ensuring that Malia and Sasha led a semi-typical adolescence often required string-pulling from Marian, who lived with the family in the White House. ‘You had to basically upend the system of the White House to get them to make sure these girls had some semblance of normalcy, right?’ Obama said, revealing she’d often sneak her granddaughters ‘a little extra candy’.

Obama also recalled maintaining balance in Barack’s schedule, so that their daughters could appreciate their time at the White House, not begrudge it. “I always tried to make sure that I wasn’t pouting in front of the kids when Barack wasn’t there,” she explained, adding, ‘If I had made a big deal out of it and said, “Oh my god, your dad’s not here again! Oh, he’s missing this” or “I just wish…” then that’s the signal to them, “Well this isn’t normal”.’ She continued, ‘Even as Barack being the president of the United States, he worked his schedule around their schedule. They weren’t waiting until 9 o’clock at night to eat because dad was running late. They never couldn’t not go somewhere or do something because of dad. I never wanted them to resent the presidency, or resent what their dad did.’

a person standing in front of Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Malia Obama posing for the camera: President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

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President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

One milestone almost every family has to endure—dropping their child off at college. Obama reflected on the trip she and Barack took to Harvard for Malia’s freshman year. ‘Barack and I have two different ways of dealing with that anxiety. I just had a list of things to do. I was unpacking the room, we’re making the bed, we’re cleaning, we’re getting the

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