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Saturday, August 27, 2005


U.S. diplomat detained in Belarus

From Newsday.com:

Police briefly detained a U.S. diplomat in Belarus, and activists said Wednesday the authorities wanted to prevent him from meeting them.

American diplomats expressed concern over the detention and were discussing the incident with Belarusian officials, U.S. Embassy spokesman Alexei Solomakh said. Officials in Belarus' Foreign and Interior Ministries declined comment.

U.S. Embassy political officer Lyle McMillan was held for about 40 minutes on Tuesday, said Galina Skorokhod, an activist in the city of Gomel, where the diplomat was detained.

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