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The Leader of Europe's 'Last Dictatorship' Is Facing an Unprecedented Challenge. Here's What It Could Mean for Belarus

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Europe’s longest serving leader Alexander Lukashenko has long worked hard to seem invincible. He has dominated past elections that the U.S. has deemed neither free nor fair and brokered no dissent and suppressed protests. Now, he is facing an unprecedented challenge as he runs for a sixth term as president of Belarus in elections on August 9. A former teacher and political novice, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has emerged as his main rival, pledging to topple Lukashenko’s regime and restore democracy.
Tens of thousands have rallied across Belarus in some of the country’s biggest opposition protests in a decade, amid mounting frustration over the government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, combined with grievances about the economy. Referring to Lukashenko, protestors chanted ‘stop the cockroach’ and held placards reading ‘change!’.
“For the first time in his 26-year rule, Lukashenko knows the majority don’t support him,” says Aleksandr Feduta, a former aide to the incumbent, who was i…

Legal issues arise over Tennessee's death penalty drug

Legal issues over Tennessee's lethal injection drugs may cause delays on death row.

The state's supply of lethal injection drug sodium thiopental has been seized by the federal government.

Tennessee, like other states, had to turn over its stock of the drug because of allegations it may have been obtained illegally from an unregulated overseas provider.

The drug is used to sedate the inmate.

Other states have started using pentobarbital, which is commonly used in animal euthanasia.

Tennessee's Department of Corrections has said it would consider the drug.

3 Hamilton County inmates are on death row.

Harold Nichols was sentenced in May 1990 for the rape and murder of 21-year-old Karen Pulley.

Leroy Hall was sentenced in March 1992 for 1st degree murder.

And Marlon Kiser was sentenced in November 2003 for the death of Hamilton County deputy Donald Bond.

Source: WRCB News, April 25, 2011
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