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Belarus activists risk the wrath of Lukashenko over flag

In a rare open protest against the government in Belarus, hundreds of activists have called for the nation’s flag to be changed back to the one adopted after the collapse of the soviet…

In a rare open protest against the government in Belarus, hundreds of activists have called for the nation’s flag to be changed back to the one adopted after the collapse of the soviet…

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Belarussian opposition win parliamentary seat

Opposition groups win parliamentary seats for first time since 1996 as MPs loyal to President Alexander Lukashenko retained power.

Opposition groups win parliamentary seats for first time since 1996 as MPs loyal to President Alexander Lukashenko retained power.

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Lukashenko sworn in for fifth term as Belarus president

The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a fifth term in office. Officials claim he secured close to 84 percent of last

The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a fifth term in office. Officials claim he secured close to 84 percent of last

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EU suspends Belarus sanctions

EU officials said on Thursday that they will will suspend sanctions on Belarus for four months from Saturday. They include those on President

EU officials said on Thursday that they will will suspend sanctions on Belarus for four months from Saturday. They include those on President

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Five in a row for Lukashenko

Belarus has elected President Alexander Lukashenko for a fifth term in office. Officials claim he secured close to 84 percent of the vote from an 87

Belarus has elected President Alexander Lukashenko for a fifth term in office. Officials claim he secured close to 84 percent of the vote from an 87

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EU hails Belarus prisoner releases as 'long-sought step forward'

The EU has hailed the pardon and release of six jailed opposition figures by the veteran President of Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko, as a

The EU has hailed the pardon and release of six jailed opposition figures by the veteran President of Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko, as a

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Belarus’ Lukashenko picks potatoes in campaign photo op

We are all too familiar with the common strategies used by campaigning politicians, but President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko being snapped

We are all too familiar with the common strategies used by campaigning politicians, but President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko being snapped

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Putin in Kazakhstan for talks

Russian president Vladimir Putin has met with the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev

Russian president Vladimir Putin has met with the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev

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Eurasian Economic Union Summit begins with a show of disunity

The leaders of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have sealed a deal to introduce a Eurasian Economic Union which will come into

The leaders of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have sealed a deal to introduce a Eurasian Economic Union which will come into

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Ukraine: Belarus Leader makes pledge on peace talks

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko promised to help Kiev restart talks over its separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko promised to help Kiev restart talks over its separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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Belarus fears Ukraine crisis threatens regional security

Anxiety appears to be spreading among former Soviet republics in the wake of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. In an address to parliament

Anxiety appears to be spreading among former Soviet republics in the wake of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. In an address to parliament

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Potash boss arrest provokes row

A diplomatic row has broken out between Russia and Belarus after Vladislav Baumgertner, the CEO of Russia’s largest potash producer, Uralkali, was

A diplomatic row has broken out between Russia and Belarus after Vladislav Baumgertner, the CEO of Russia’s largest potash producer, Uralkali, was

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Russian potash boss arrested in Belarus

The authorities in Belarus have arrested Vladislav Baumgertner, the head of Russia’s largest potash producer Uralkali. Invited to Minsk for a

The authorities in Belarus have arrested Vladislav Baumgertner, the head of Russia’s largest potash producer Uralkali. Invited to Minsk for a

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Russia praises Belarus election criticised by Europe

Going against the findings of a European body, Russia has praised Sunday’s election in Belarus, describing the ballot as “free, open, and conducted

Going against the findings of a European body, Russia has praised Sunday’s election in Belarus, describing the ballot as “free, open, and conducted

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News+: Powerless over Belarus

President Alexander Lukashenko saw his supporters sweep to victory in Belarus’ parliamentary elections over the weekend after opposition parties

President Alexander Lukashenko saw his supporters sweep to victory in Belarus’ parliamentary elections over the weekend after opposition parties

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Minsk claims high turnout in Belarus elections

The preliminary results in the Belarus parliamentary elections are in, although the final result will not be known for days. The authorities are

The preliminary results in the Belarus parliamentary elections are in, although the final result will not be known for days. The authorities are

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Polls close in boycotted Belarus election

Alexander Lukashenko is expected to have his presidency reinforced by the election in Belarus. Official results show a 26 percent turnout through

Alexander Lukashenko is expected to have his presidency reinforced by the election in Belarus. Official results show a 26 percent turnout through

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Journalists 'fined' over Belarus teddy bear stunt

The Belarus authorities have reportedly fined two journalists over last month’s pro-democracy stunt which saw teddy bears airdropped into the

The Belarus authorities have reportedly fined two journalists over last month’s pro-democracy stunt which saw teddy bears airdropped into the

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Belarus pulls embassy staff out of Sweden

Belarus says it is withdrawing all of its remaining embassy staff from Sweden. It comes after hundreds of teddy bears were dropped from a plane

Belarus says it is withdrawing all of its remaining embassy staff from Sweden. It comes after hundreds of teddy bears were dropped from a plane

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Defence heads roll in Belarus after bear drop

Could it be the first time ever that a country has been terrified by teddy bears? Possibly not, but what is clear is the drop of some 800 or so

Could it be the first time ever that a country has been terrified by teddy bears? Possibly not, but what is clear is the drop of some 800 or so

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Belarus: Senior officials sacked over teddy bear stunt

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has sacked two senior officials, after a plane dropped hundreds of teddy bears over the hardline state in

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has sacked two senior officials, after a plane dropped hundreds of teddy bears over the hardline state in

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Belarus frees opposition leader

Belarussian opposition politician, Andrei Sannikov, has been released from prison after the EU imposed new sanctions on the former Soviet

Belarussian opposition politician, Andrei Sannikov, has been released from prison after the EU imposed new sanctions on the former Soviet

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Europe united in diplomatic row

Europe has been united by a diplomatic row. The bloc has agreed to recall member states’ ambassadors from Minsk in a move which will be seen to

Europe has been united by a diplomatic row. The bloc has agreed to recall member states’ ambassadors from Minsk in a move which will be seen to

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No easing of Belarus repression

In the cold, outside the human rights defence body the Council of Europe, this handful of exiles from Belarus shout: “Stop Lukashenko!” (president of

In the cold, outside the human rights defence body the Council of Europe, this handful of exiles from Belarus shout: “Stop Lukashenko!” (president of

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Belarus: Jailed opposition leader was tortured claims wife

Jailed Belarussian ex-presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov has been tortured into asking for a pardon from President Alexander Lukashenko

Jailed Belarussian ex-presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov has been tortured into asking for a pardon from President Alexander Lukashenko