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A migrant detention centre in  Vydeniai, Lithuania. The Lithuanian government has accused the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, of illegally allowing refugees from the Middle East trying to reach Europe to pass through its borders. Photograph:   Paulius Peleckis/Getty Images

Lithuania has warned neighbouring Belarus that it could face more EU sanctions unless it gives up its alleged role in helping thousands of migrants il(...)

Emmanuel Merkel and Angela Merkel have been lucid about the character of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel was not naturally inclined to focus on Franco-German relations. “She comes from the former East Germany, and her experience w(...)

Jackie Mason performing in 2003. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Jackie Mason (Yacov Moshe Maza) Born: June 9th, 1928 Died: July 24th, 2021 During the course of his six-decade career, Jackie Mason was declared one(...)

 A couple taking a photograph with their health books after getting vaccinated in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Villa Crespo in Argentina. Photograph: EPA/Demian Alday Estevez

Argentina’s Covid-19 vaccination programme is facing a “very critical situation” because of delays in receiving vital second doses of the Sputnik V va(...)

A woman holds a Cuban flag during a protest showing support for Cubans demonstrating against their government, at Versailles Restaurant in Miami on Sunday. Photograph: Eva Marie Uzcategui/ AFP via Getty Images

In June the UN General Assembly voted for the 29th straight year to condemn the illegal six-decade-long US embargo on Cuba – a 184-2 vote that pitted (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is only delighted to discuss Project Happy because it’s his baby and right there in the Programme for Government. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos

Hurry up with your wellbeing framework! It’s too late now for the current session but it would be a good idea to have something in place by the time (...)

Lithuanians sell things to migrants standing behind the fence at the refugee camp in the village of Verebiejai, Lithuania, on July 11th. Photograph: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP

Lithuania is seeking help from governments in Europe and the Middle East to stem a surge in migrants arriving via neighbouring Belarus, which is accus(...)

Belarusian Svetlana Tikhanovskaya  with Henry and Marian Deane who, she says, were ‘always in my heart’. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

On an emotional return to her adopted childhood summer home of Roscrea, there was one thing Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, now the leader of the opposition i(...)

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya  during a protest organised at the Dam Square, Amsterdam on May 28th, 2021. Photograph:  Romy Arroyo Fernandez/ NurPhoto via Getty

Rare is the foreign politician whose visit to Ireland combines talks with top Government officials and a trip to Knockshegowna Hill in Co Tipperary. (...)

Opposition politician and banker Viktor Babarik, charged with corruption and money laundering, is seen from inside a defendants’ cage during the opening day of his trial in Minsk in February. Photograph: Getty Images

Belarus has jailed an opposition leader for 14 years, and threatened to stop western goods entering the country while allowing migrants to move in the(...)

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