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Deadly strike on French troops in I.Coast probed in Paris trial

Paris - Three men went on trial in Paris on Monday over the bombing of a French military camp in Ivory Coast in 2004, which killed nine soldiers and sparked furious reprisals by the French, causing a deep rift in Franco-Ivorian relations.

Belarus police detain protesters, prevent opposition rally

Minsk - Police in Belarus on Saturday detained more than 100 people, including five journalists, a rights group said, as the opposition resumed rallies against strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus opposition to restart protests as crackdown widens

Minsk - Opposition activists in Belarus were preparing for fresh protests on Thursday to breathe life into a movement against President Alexander Lukashenko that fizzled out in the face of a severe crackdown.

UN rights body condemns 'grave violations' in Belarus

Geneva - The UN rights council called Wednesday on Belarus to halt its crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, urging the UN rights chief to probe violations in connection with last year's controversial presidential vote.

Belarus has convicted more than 400 in protest crackdown

Minsk - More than 400 people have so far been convicted in a sweeping crackdown in Belarus following mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko's regime last year, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Exiled Belarus opposition leader seeks more pressure on Lukashenko

Geneva - Exiled Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has no intention of stopping her fight against the government of Alexander Lukashenko, and is appealing to the United Nations to help intensify pressure on the regime, she told AFP Sunday.

Belarus demands extradition of opposition leader Tikhanovskaya

Minsk - Belarus said on Friday it had requested the extradition of exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who was forced from the country during a crackdown on critics of leader Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus reporter, doctor on trial after protester's death

Minsk - A journalist and a doctor went on trial in Belarus Friday, accused of disclosing the medical records of a protester who died after being detained by police during unprecedented anti-government protests.

Belarus jails journalists for two years over protest coverage

Minsk - A court in Belarus on Thursday sentenced a pair of television journalists to two years in prison for covering a protest last year, the first lengthy jail term in a legal crackdown on independent news media.

Lukashenko rival in court as Belarus sees new crackdown

Minsk - A leading opposition figure went on trial on Wednesday in Belarus, where authorities are pursuing criminal cases against activists and journalists following months of anti-government protests last year.

Belarusian police mount raids on journalists, activists

Minsk - Police in Belarus raided the homes and offices of 25 journalists, rights defenders and trade union members on Tuesday, investigators and activists said, as part of a probe into mass protests.

Lukashenko: Belarus autocrat surviving protests with Soviet tactics

Minsk - Emboldened after surviving months of historic demonstrations against his rule, the authoritarian leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is drawing on Soviet-style political theatre to cement his grip on power.

Strongman tells loyalists Belarus beat foreign 'blitzkrieg'

Minsk - Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday his country had defeated foreign attempts to overthrow his government and showed no signs of heeding the embattled opposition's calls for him to resign.

Belarus reporters deny charges in 'absurd' protest trial

Minsk - Two Belarusian journalists denied on Tuesday organising protests against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko on the opening day of their trial in Minsk.

Belarus leader to unveil reforms at assembly of loyalists

Minsk - Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko is convening hundreds of loyal delegates at a people's assembly this week to unveil promised reforms, in a display the embattled opposition has dismissed as political theatre.

US, EU hail Belarus democrats amid Russia protests

Washington - The United States and the European Union on Friday hailed demonstrators in Belarus six months after disputed elections, in a message sure to irritate President Vladimir Putin of neighboring Russia.

In Russia, protests and crackdown bring Belarus to mind

Moscow - As Russian riot police chased protesters across Moscow last weekend, a gaggle of demonstrators took shelter in a gleaming department store in the city centre."Where do we go now?

'Listen to the people', Tikhanovskaya tells Putin

Vilnius - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in an interview with AFP called on Russia to "listen to the people" after protests over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

US slaps sanctions on Belarus police over crackdown

Washington - The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on Belarus police units and a senior security official over their violent crackdown on mass protests following the strongman leader´s contested reelection.

Belarus opposition leader vows victory at EU prize ceremony

Apo - Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Wednesday vowed the protest movement against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko would prevail despite a brutal crackdown by the authorities, as she received the EU's top rights prize.

Belarus opposition rallies in scattered protests

Minsk - Opposition protesters in Belarus rallied Sunday in the latest of nearly four months of demonstrations against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

UN says rights situation in Belarus deteriorating

Geneva - The human rights situation in crisis-wracked Belarus is deteriorating, the UN rights chief said Friday, highlighting mass arrests, including of journalists, and numerous allegations of torture.

Belarus protesters take to the streets with new tactic

Minsk - Opposition protesters in Belarus took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday in the latest of three months of demonstrations against the re-election of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko.

Russia accuses West of meddling in Belarus

Minsk - Russia's foreign minister on Thursday accused the West of interfering in Belarus as he met strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko who has faced months of protests over his disputed re-election.

Thousands march in Belarus opposition rally in Minsk

Minsk - Tens of thousands of Belarus opposition protesters took to the streets on Sunday, the latest large-scale rally against President Alexandre Lukashenko's contested re-election.

Protesters in Belarus dispersed with stun grenades

Minsk - Belarusians took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday in a fresh demonstration against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko as anger mounted over the recent death of an opposition activist.

Belarus opposition protester dies after arrest

Minsk - A Belarusian artist has died in Minsk after police arrested him in a city square that has become a symbol of opposition to strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko, investigators said on Friday.

Belarus opposition leader decries mass protest arrests

Minsk - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Monday denounced a crackdown on peaceful demonstrators after more than one thousand people were detained at a rally against strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

More than 800 held in Belarus as opposition reaches out to Biden

Minsk - Police in Belarus on Sunday detained more than 800 people during the latest in weeks of unprecedented demonstrations against strongman Alexander Lukashenko, as the opposition reached out to US President-elect Joe Biden.

OSCE condemns Belarus torture, calls for fresh presidential vote

Vienna - A report from the OSCE election-monitoring organisation published on Thursday condemned "massive" rights abuses and torture in Belarus and called for a re-run of the country's August presidential polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed vi...
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Chernobyl radiation map from CIA handbook.
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Belarusians protest in 2006
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A social network in Russia saved the life of a cat  trapped in a car.  Sign reads: “Dear car owner...
A social network in Russia saved the life of a cat, trapped in a car. Sign reads: “Dear car owner! Animal inside! Urgently open your car!”
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Since rising to power in 1994  President Alexander Lukashenko is one of Europe s longest ruling head...
Since rising to power in 1994, President Alexander Lukashenko is one of Europe's longest ruling heads of state.
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Police officers detain a man as opposition supporters gather for a rally against President Alexander...
Police officers detain a man as opposition supporters gather for a rally against President Alexander Lukashenko's rule and a controversial new tax on "spongers" - those who work less than six months a year - in Minsk on March 25, 2017
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Children born in the region are said to have a higher rate of birth defects and retardation because of Chernobyl, a belief supported by many, but not all in the scientific community.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting in 2012.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting in 2012.
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Cat rescued from a car in Belarus  thanks to Russian social network.
Cat rescued from a car in Belarus, thanks to Russian social network.
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Animals in the Chernobyl exclusion zone have not been wiped out by the nuclear fallout contaminating the land, but are actually thriving in the absence of humans, according to a new ecological study.
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NEGOTIATION: Talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Mi...
NEGOTIATION: Talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Minsk, Belarus, shown above.
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