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New Ukraine peace talks to take place Friday

Minsk - Belarus said that a new round of Ukrainian peace negotiations involving the warring sides and overseen by European and Russian envoys would be held on Friday in Minsk.

New Year brings Eurasian Economic Union into force

Moscow - On January 1, the Eurasian Economic Union(EEU) came into force, linking Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and now Armenia as well.

Belarus strongman sacks PM amid economic woes

Minsk - Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday sacked his prime minister and several other top officials as the ex-Soviet state reels from the effects of Russia's economic crisis next door.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

Minsk - Ukranian and rebel envoys resumed intense talks on Wednesday aimed at ending a pro-Russian uprising that has left the ex-Soviet republic in ruins and upset East-West ties.

Ukraine peace talks resume in Minsk: Official

Minsk - A new round of talks aimed at ending a protracted Moscow-backed separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine got underway in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Wednesday, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

Minsk - Ukranian and rebel envoys prepared for intense talks on Wednesday aimed at ending a pro-Russian uprising that has left the ex-Soviet republic in ruins and upset East-West ties.

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.
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