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Alexander Lukashenko:  it was remarkable to witness the speed with which the EU  moved to act against the Belarusian dictator after the outrageous arrests of Roman Protasevich and his partner, Sofia Sapega. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images

Even as Alexander Lukashenko finds ever more brutal ways to repress his own people and aggravate his European neighbours, the Belarusian leader can se(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said  Belarusian  authorities have ‘blatantly ignored the democratic choice of the Belarusian people. It is time to change course’. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via AP

The European Union has offered Belarus €3 billion in support if it moves peacefully to democracy, while threatening to impose more sanctions over the (...)

 Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko: Due to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday. Photograph:  Siarhei Leskiec/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union and other western powers have pledged to ramp up pressure on Belarus after it forced a Ryanair plane to land so that an opposition (...)

A sniffer dog checking the luggage of passengers in front of a Ryanair flight carrying  Roman Protasevich, in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: EPA

Ireland has called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in which a dissident journalist (...)

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi: “The level of interference, whether through spies as we saw recently, or online manipulation, has really become alarming.” Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

At the height of the British government’s sluggish and confused initial reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, prime minister Boris Johnson’s team were un(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko addresses the parliament in Minsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxi Guckek/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has accused the West of waging “hybrid war” against him and of using a row over the diversion of a Ryanair f(...)

Videos of Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega have been released on pro-Lukashenko channels

Sofia Sapega, a Russian citizen who was detained along with Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich after their flight was diverted by a warplane to M(...)

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If you are reading this on The Irish Times app, please click here to access the full version. Belarus’s audacious snatching of Roman Protasevich from(...)

George Floyd’s family lawyer Ben Crump (third from left) holds up his fist with family members outside the White House as George Floyd’s daughter Gianna Floyd (centre) calls out ‘Say His Name’ as they speak with reporters after meeting with US president Joe Biden in Washington, DC, on May 25th. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

The family of George Floyd called for “meaningful and substantive” legislation to reform policing in America, as they met with US president Joe Biden (...)

Mark Rutte: the Netherlands’ prime minister. “I think a large majority of the European population understands the necessity to fight climate change.”  Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

A debate on how to reach the European Union’s targets to cut carbon emissions was squeezed and ended without the resolution of deep differences betwee(...)

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