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 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus returns to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their first-round match at  Wimbledon. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova slumped out of Wimbledon in the first round on Tuesday, beaten by inspired world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Be(...)

People sing the Ukrainian national anthem during a meeting at the NSC Olimpiysky stadium in Kiev on Monday to demand the release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov in Russia. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Kiev is pushing for a prisoner swap with Moscow to bring home Ukrainians whom Russia is accused of jailing on political grounds, including several wh(...)

Refugees wait for a special train in Freilassing, southern Germany, in September 2015 after they were taken off express trains from Hungary and Austria. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

The German federal police officers, in black protective vests, are waiting on the platform of Flensburg’s redbrick expressionist station when the trai(...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

CRH is heavily invested in region, particularly in Poland and also Ukraine, which sits to the south of Belarus. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The government of Belarus says it has offered to sell its state-owned cement company, Krasnoselskstroymaterialy, to Irish building materials giant CRH(...)

Didier Deschamps: France’s head coach  has been able to make  big calls because of the remarkable array of individual talent available to him.  Photograph: Franck FireAFP/Getty

The wider country may be locked in a battle just now over the attempt by its president to impose what is politely described as reform but as Didier De(...)

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Biopharmaceutical firm Amryt has signed a deal with Aegerion Pharmaceuticals to expand its exclusive licence agreement for Lojuxta (lomitapide). The(...)

Latvia’s prime minister Maris Kucinskis: the Baltic state sought to restore confidence in its scandal-hit banking sector.  Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Latvian officials are due to hold an emergency meeting on Monday after the European Central Bank wound up the country’s third-largest lender, ABLV, wh(...)

Air Canada:  in recognising its environmental accomplishments, ATW cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions

Air Canada has been named the eco-airline of the year in Air Transport World’s (ATW) 2018 annual achievement awards. In recognising Air Canada’s envir(...)

Dutch minister for foreign affairs Halbe Zijlstra: opposition parties are demanding his resignation. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra admitted on Monday he had lied about hearing Russian president Vladimir Putin make comments about plans for a “g(...)

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