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German authorities say missing Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek, who vanished just as the digital payments company collapsed, may be an informer for Austria’s intelligence agency. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

German authorities say a missing Wirecard manager, who vanished just as the digital payments company collapsed, may be an informer for Austria’s intel(...)

 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(...)

Members of the Luhansk People’s Republic leaving a disengagement area near the town of Zolote in the Luhansk region. Separatist groups have been blamed for forest fires in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Reka\TASS via Getty Images

Four people have died and 10 were hospitalised as a series of forest fires swept through part of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, Ukraine’s em(...)

An anti-Lukashenko protest in Minsk. Photograph: tut.by/AFP via Getty

Tens of thousands of people calling for the authoritarian president of Belarus to resign have marched through the capital, Minsk, as the country’s wav(...)

Police officers detain a woman during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/TUT.by

Police in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women’s protest march demanding the resignation of the country’s president. Officers (...)

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko pmeeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Monday. Photograph: EPA/ Kremlin handout

Demonstrations in Belarus have continued despite growing levels of brutality and intimidation. Tens of thousands were out in Minsk and other cities on(...)

Maria Kolesnikova, one of Belarus’s opposition leaders, who has been detained. Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Opposition activists in Belarus are demanding to know the whereabouts of high-profile protest leader Maria Kolesnikova, after she reportedly foiled a (...)

Belarusians attend a protest rally against the results of the presidential elections, Minsk. Photograph: EPA

Security forces in Belarus detained scores of protesters and were filmed beating a man as he lay on the street, as the authorities launched a crackdow(...)

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, on August 9th. Photograph: AP

Poll workers in Belarus have made claims over vote-rigging in the August 9th election that kept the country’s authoritarian president Alexander Lukash(...)

Belarusian servicemen block a street during an opposition supporters rally protesting against disputed presidential elections results in Minsk on Sunday. Photograph: TUT.BY/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusians chanting “Happy birthday, you rat” and flying red-and-white opposition flags gathered near President Alexander Lukashenko’s residence on S(...)

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