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Belarusians protest against Lukashenko's 'tax on spongers'

Minsk - Thousands of Belarusian opposition supporters rallied in Minsk on Friday against a Soviet-style "tax on spongers" imposed by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus strongman slams Russia in border spat

Minsk - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko slammed Russia on Friday as tensions bubbled between the two close allies in a spat over border controls.

Fleeing Chechens stranded at door to EU

Brest - On a snowy day a commuter train leaves the Belarusian border city of Brest as usual for the town of Terespol in EU member Poland just a few kilometres away.

'No progress' at Ukraine peace meeting: Lavrov

Minsk - Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the meeting on Tuesday with his Ukrainian, French and German counterparts made "no progress" in ending the war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's east.

Nobel winner Alexievich urges release of Russia activist

Minsk - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, last year's Nobel Literature Prize winner, has signed a petition for the release of a Russian activist who says he has been tortured and threatened in prison.

Ukraine, rebels agree troop pullbacks in three areas: OSCE

Minsk - Negotiators sent by Kiev and pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday for the first time agreed to pull back troops from three areas along the battered frontline in east Ukraine.

Token opposition enters Belarus parliament in first since 2008

Minsk - Two opposition candidates have been elected to parliament in ex-Soviet Belarus, the first time since 2008 that critics of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko have made it into the rubber-stamp legislature.

Belarus goes to polls in vote slammed by opposition

Minsk - Ex-Soviet state Belarus went to the polls Sunday for elections expected to see supporters of strongman Alexander Lukashenko fill the legislature, as the opposition branded the process a farce.

Belarus leader forces Hollywood's Seagal to eat his carrot

Minsk - Green-fingered Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko forced US action star Steven Seagal to eat one of his homegrown carrots in an awkward encounter that prompted much mockery on Thursday in the ex-Soviet state.

Journalist killed in Kiev car bombing buried in Belarus

Minsk - Thousands of mourners in Belarus on Saturday bid farewell to prominent independent journalist Pavel Sheremet, killed by a car bomb in Kiev, as he was buried back in the homeland where he clashed with the authorities.

Op-Ed: Legacy of corrupt governance haunts European ambitions of Belarus

Minsk - As Belarusian state policy is to forge ties with Europe, Europe should respond by pressuring the government to strengthen good governance; highlighting human rights issues, systemic corruption, and rampant smuggling across EU borders.

Chernobyl — The world is still in denial over radiation damages

For people living in Belarus, a country that ended up with 23 percent of its land contaminated with radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986, the incident has turned into a fairy tale, and they are living in a fantasy world.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree new truce deal

Minsk - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed a new truce deal Wednesday that goes into immediate effect and replaces one broken just hours after its signature at the end of last month.

Nobel winner Alexievich slams Russia's trial of Ukrainian pilot

Minsk - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, this year's Nobel Literature Prize winner, on Wednesday slammed Russia's "political trial" of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and compared her to Joan of Arc.

Belarus opposition holds rare rally

Minsk - Scores of people gathered in Minsk Thursday to commemorate victims of Stalin-era repressions, a rare event organised by the opposition which would usually face a tough police response.

EU suspends most Belarus sanctions, ties 'improving': official

Lenino - The EU suspended most sanctions against Belarus Thursday, citing "improving relations" after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko released all remaining political prisoners, a statement said.

EU to suspend sanctions on 'Europe's last dictator' after vote

Minsk - The European Union has agreed to suspend sanctions against the regime of Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko after he won a fifth term as president, even though observers said the poll was flawed.

EU to suspend Belarus sanctions after Lukashenko re-election

Minsk - The European Union agreed Monday to suspend sanctions against the regime of Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko after he won a fifth term as president, even though observers said the poll was flawed.

Is the boy with the golden gun being groomed to rule Belarus?

Minsk - He is 11 years old but has already attended the UN General Assembly, had his picture taken with US President Barack Obama and met a pope -- and he has his own golden gun.

Belarus' Lukashenko looks to eased sanctions but OSCE queries poll

Minsk - Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko looked on Monday to the EU to ease sanctions against his regime after a landslide electoral win, but international observers said the poll was tainted by irregularities.
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