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Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Constantinople

Minsk - The Russian Orthodox Church said Monday it is breaking ties with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate over its decision to grant independence to the Ukrainian church, which Moscow does not recognise.

Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Constantinople

Minsk - The Russian Orthodox Church said Monday it is breaking ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate over its decision to grant independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which Moscow does not recognise.

Taken to the USSR, French 'children' forgotten in Belarus

Grodno - When she set out on a boat for the USSR with her family some 70 years ago, Yanina Stashko had no idea she would never see her native France again.

Belarus detains three independent journalists

Minsk - Belarusian authorities on Tuesday detained at least three journalists from two independent news websites over "unauthorised" access to services provided by the state news agency. Tut.

Massive corruption scandal rocks Belarus healthcare

Minsk - A massive corruption scandal has rocked the health service of ex-Soviet Belarus, leading even officials in the country dubbed "Europe's last dictatorship" to call for an overhaul of the system.

Belarus extends visa-free travel for tourists to 30 days

Minsk - Belarus on Tuesday announced that it is extending visa-free travel for tourists from five days to 30 days in a move that could attract more visitors to the ex-Soviet state on the European Union's doorstep.

Belarus court jails independent journalist for 4 years

Minsk - A court in Minsk on Tuesday sentenced an independent journalist to four years in prison for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Chinese troops join Belarus military parade as ties grow

Minsk - Chinese troops on Tuesday took part in a military parade marking Independence Day in Belarus as the country's authoritarian leader seeks closer ties with Beijing to counterbalance Russia's influence.

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Radin - Natalia Shevchuk gazes at the peeling walls inside her old flat and tears run down her cheeks: 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster she is finally revisiting her childhood home in the ghost town of Pripyat."Come inside: this is Apartment No.

Dozens arrested as Belarus opposition marks 'Freedom Day'

Minsk - Belarusian authorities on Sunday arrested around 30 protesters in Minsk ahead of a banned opposition march while detaining activists across the country, human rights group Viasna said.

Belarus blocks popular opposition website

Minsk - Former Soviet republic Belarus has blocked a top opposition website for spreading "illegal" content, the information ministry said Thursday.

Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania

Minsk - Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster spewed radioactive clouds into the sky and sent shockwaves across Europe, Belarus is building a nuclear reactor on the doorstep of the EU despite fears in neighbouring Lithuania.

Belarusian poet gets 10 days in jail for calling protest

Minsk - A Belarusian court on Wednesday sentenced opposition politician and poet Vladimir Nekliayev to 10 days in prison for urging supporters to protest against the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Op-Ed: Russian military exercise in Belarus delivers a big new message

Moscow - If you read the Western “reviews” of the major Russian military exercise in Belarus, you might get the impression that there is something very superficial about the Russian military. That’s a bad mistake.

'Dozens' jailed in Belarus following weekend protest

Minsk - More than 100 people in Belarus appeared in court on Monday over protests at the weekend against hardline President Alexander Lukashenko, with dozens of them jailed, including journalists.

Scores detained as Belarus opposition protest broken up

Minsk - Belarus authorities raided the offices of a prominent rights group Saturday, detaining dozens of people, including foreign rights workers, ahead of a planned protest by opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Dozens arrested in Belarus crackdown

Minsk - Belarusian authorities have arrested some 26 people following a wave of major protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, state television said Thursday, citing security services.

Several thousand in rare march against Belarus leader

Minsk - Some 3,000 protesters marched through the Belarusian capital Minsk Wednesday in the latest of a spate of rare demonstrations to challenge the country's authoritarian leader.

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.
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