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Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko: critics accuse Mr Lukashenko of launching his latest attack on those who challenge him in the media or political arena. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

The United States has joined international condemnation of a crackdown on independent media in Belarus, where security forces loyal to veteran autocra(...)

President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump: idea that eastern Ukraine could hold a referendum on its status has been rejected. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

US and Ukrainian officials have rejected suggestions that de facto Moscow-controlled eastern Ukraine could hold a referendum on its status, after Russ(...)

 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(...)

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