In this grab taken from video released by Belarusian state-controlled ONT Channel on Thursday, June 3, dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich reacts during his interview with Belarusian ONT Channel in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: ONT channel via AP

The European Union has banned Belarusian airlines from its airports and airspace amid international outcry over the country’s treatment of Roman Prota(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s video conference with EU leaders is focused on co-ordinating how to tackle coronavirus, vaccination strategies, and ‘what is happening with the UK variant in Ireland and other countries’. Photograph: Julien Behal/Handout/EPA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to brief fellow EU leaders on the Covid-19 situation in Ireland on Thursday after the country’s post-Christmas spike in in(...)

A handout picture posted by Kira Yarmysh, press secretary of Alexei Navalny, on Twitter shows the anti-corruption activist  and his wife Yulia  before passing the border control at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Russians to launch street protests against the country’s rulers, after he was jailed for 30 days on his arri(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: German law on online hate speech  puts the country at the forefront of global efforts to police the internet. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/ EPA

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has sharply criticised Twitter’s decision to ban US president Donald Trump, calling it a “problematic” breach of the(...)

Alexander Lukashenko during an inauguration ceremony. Photograph: Sergei Sheleg/Belta/EPA

Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a sixth term as president of Belarus in a secretive and tightly guarded ceremony, which opposition leaders (...)

Police officers patrol outside the Charité hospital as Russian dissident Alexei Navalny undergoes treatment inside, in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German doctors have confirmed Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned. Mr Navalny fell ill in Russia on Thursday and was transfe(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Russia has warned European powers that foreign interference in Belarus would be “unacceptable”, as EU leaders prepared for emergency talks on a crisis(...)

The French helicopter carrier Tonnerre is to remain in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Tensions between Nato allies France and Turkey have sharply intensified after Paris deployed military vessels to the eastern Mediterranean in support (...)

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen giving a press conference on March 30th at which she said Denmark may begin ‘a gradual, quiet and controlled opening of our society again’ after Easter.  Photograph: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Governments across Europe have begun preparations to ease the lockdowns imposed across much of the continent to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even(...)

Federal police escort a German citizen suspected of terrorism to his arraignment at the Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe, Germany. File photograph: EPA

Muslim communities in Germany have called for more police protection following the arrest of right-wing extremists believed to have been plotting larg(...)

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