One man has died in protests in Belarus as demonstrators clashed with police for a second night after a disputed election handed a sixth term to strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
Thousands took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Monday night, saying Mr Lukashenko had stolen the election from his surprise challenger, political novice Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Police used rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas but demonstrators fought back with stones and fireworks and built makeshift barricades, protesters and witnesses said, in chaotic scenes of defiance in the authoritarian former Soviet republic.
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