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World's longest train journey — China to Spain opens

China has inaugurated the world's longest train journey, traversing the whole of Central Asia and Europe. Dubbed the new Silk Road, it is expected to give a major economic boost to trade between China and the EU.

Russia ratifies economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan

Moscow - Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, signed a law that commits the country to the Eurasian Economic Union. The agreement comes into force on the first of January 2015 creating an economic union among Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Russia agrees to separate warring factions in Ukraine

Minsk - Russian Federation negotiators have agreed to a deal to keep Ukraine's armed forces from attacking anti-government separatists believed to be supported by Moscow.

New Ukraine peace talks open in Minsk

Minsk - Face-to-face talks aimed at finding a way to end Ukraine's brutal five-month war began Friday in the Belarussian capital of Minsk, trying to build on a ragged ceasefire that was agreed in the same city two weeks ago.

New Ukraine peace talks after Obama rebuffs Poroshenko pleas

Minsk - Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia's territorial ambitions.

Ukraine ceasefire talks start in Minsk

Minsk - Talks aimed at negotiating a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine opened in Minsk on Friday, in the latest push to halt nearly five months of fighting between separatists and Kiev authorities, a Belarussian official told AFP.

Russia, Ukraine talks end without major breakthrough

Minsk - Talks between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine apparently failed to make a major breakthrough towards ending brutal fighting in east Ukraine Wednesday as strongman Vladimir Putin played down the entry by his troops into the former Soviet state.

Putin, Poroshenko talk as Kiev holds Moscow troops

Minsk - The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday sat down to crunch one-on-one talks over heavy fighting in east Ukraine as the Kremlin admitted for the first time its troops had entered its neighbour's territory.

Cows kill Austrian dog walker

Media from around the world are covering a story about a 45-year-old Austrian woman attacked by a herd of cows. She reportedly died after being stormed by the large group while walking her dog.

U.S., EU welcome release of top Belarus activist

Minsk - The European Union and the United States have welcomed the unexpected release of prominent Belarus rights activist Ales Belyatsky, while urging the government to free other political prisoners as well.

Belarus selects ‘Song for Eurovision’ 2014 junior finalists

Belarus has announced the finalists for its “Song for Eurovision”, the country’s national qualification round for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Op-Ed: Ukraine proposes biggest exodus in Europe since World War 2

Kiev - The new government of President Petro Poroshenko has proposed the creation of safety corridors that would allow eastern Ukrainian people to vote with their feet, creating the biggest exodus in eastern Europe since World War 2.

Russia forms Economic Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan

Astana - On Thursday (May 29) Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia agreed to form an Eurasian Economic Union The agreement will come into effect in January of 2015.

Dave Tippett to coach Team Canada at IIHF hockey championships

Hockey Canada named Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett as the coach of Team Canada for the 2014 IIHF World Hockey championships to take place in Minsk, Belarus on May 9-25. They made the announcement on Wednesday.

Former Putin adviser warns his ex-boss has desires on Finland

Stockholm - A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.

Pope, Putin, Snowden among this year's Nobel Peace Prize nominees

Oslo - Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden are among a record 278 people nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Op-Ed: In Russia's backyard — Belarus’ partnership with China

Since July 2013, Belarus and China have started building a comprehensive strategic partnership, by signing multiple key agreements, which would lead to an anticipated 150 mutually beneficial investment projects until 2020.

Russian Belarus potash cartel may resume after breakup

Moscow - The new owners of the large Russian potash producer Uralkali are poised to resume cooperation as a cartel again with its former partner Belaruskali in Belarus. The cartel before its breakup controlled about 40 per cent of global potash exports.

Russia: Kerimov's failed comeback

Moscow - Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim Group has reportedly reached an agreement with Suleyman Kerimov and his partners to buy their 33 percent stake in the Russian potash producer Uralkali.

Belarus arrests officials of huge Russian potash producer

Minsk - After the breakup of a potash cartel formed from Russian and Belarusian potash producers, Belarus arrested the CEO of the huge Russian potash producer Uralkali. Now they have detained a major shareholder of the company.
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