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Azerbaijani tanks  as army units enter the Aghdam region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photograph:   Azerbaijani defence ministry  via Getty Images

Moscow has warned against any attempt to undermine the peace accord it brokered this month over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has spa(...)

Belarusians living in Ukraine along with their supporters and Ukrainian activists lay flowers and candles at a symbolic memorial for Roman Bondarenko in Kiev. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets to denounce the country’s autocratic president Alexander Lukashenko and to honour a pro-democracy p(...)

Democratic presidential nominee  Joe Biden and US president Donald Trump. Each side is convinced that the victory of the other spells the end of the republic, so the contest turns into a competition of terminal nightmares. Photographs: Angela Weiss and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

A moment of truth is at hand. Or perhaps a trial of strength, not just between two mutually and grievously hostile political tribes, but of the fortit(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko said Poland would like to seize ‘all of Belarus’. Photograph: EPA

Embattled Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has reshuffled top security officials and backed the creation of armed volunteer militias to patro(...)

A woman confronts riot police at  an opposition rally in Minsk on the last  day of an ultimatum for Alexander Lukashenko  resign. Photograph: Stringer/AFP

Opponents of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko plan to launch a nationwide strike on Monday after he rejected demands to resign from more than 10(...)

Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Photograph: Emil Helms/EPA

Belarus is braced for a weekend of protests and the expiry of a deadline that opposition leaders have given to its veteran president, Alexander Lukash(...)

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/Pool/EPA

The member states of the European Union agreed on Monday to impose sanctions on Russians suspected of a role in poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navaln(...)

 A woman speaks to police officers during a protest against Lukashenko in Minsk. Photograph: Stringer/AFP via Getty Images

Belarus police will now be permitted to use combat weapons in the streets if needed to respond to what the interior ministry described as increasingly(...)

A woman stands in front of a destroyed house  in the Nagorno-Karabakh region’s main city of Stepanakert on Thursday, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

In Russia’s self-proclaimed sphere of influence, Russia is losing its influence. Concurrent crises in Belarus, Central Asia and the Caucasus region ha(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Jesco Denzel/EPA

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has discussed the political upheaval in her country with German chancellor Angela Merkel, as Russi(...)

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