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This screengrab taken from an undated video made available by anonymously-sourced Telegram channel Nevolf and shared on social media and the Belarus State TV, Belarusian activist Roman Protasevich (26)  in the detention House Numero 1 in Minsk. Photograph: Telegram channel Nevolf/AFP via Getty

European airliners have started bypassing Belarus as the EU moved to isolate the country after it forced a Ryanair flight to land at Minsk airport so (...)

In a video posted online on Monday, dissident journalist Roman  Protasevich said he is in good health and confessed to instigating unrest. Photograph: Telegram Channel Nevolf/AFP via Getty

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Tuesday there was no doubt dissident journalist Roman Protasevich had been tortured, as she(...)

Ursula von der Leyen: ‘There should be no doubt that there is no alternative to the full and correct implementation of the protocol’ File photograph: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

The European Union has brushed off objections to Northern Ireland’s special post-Brexit arrangements and said there was no alternative to reconcile th(...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin at EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP

The scrambling of a Belarusian Mig-29 fighter jet to escort a Ryanair aircraft to Minsk put the regime of “Europe’s last dictator”, Alexander Lukashen(...)

Protesters in Poland demand freedom for Belarus opposition activist Roman Protasevich a day after a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius carrying the dissident journalist was diverted while in Belarusian airspace. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty

President of the United States Joe Biden said he applauded European Union efforts to impose economic sanctions against Belarus over the forced landing(...)

United States secretary of state Antony Blinken (pictured) and national security adviser Jake Sullivan met separately with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at Shannon Airport on Monday. Photograph: Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP via Getty

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney met with two of the Biden administration’s highest-ranking figures on Monday evening at Shannon Airport for(...)

 Belarusians living in Ukraine along with their supporters attend a rally in front of the Ukrainian foreign ministry in Kiev, following the arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich in Belarus. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

The honorary consul for Belarus in Ireland has said he is “absolutely horrified” by the actions of the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko. Vin(...)

Belarusian dog handler checks luggage from  Ryanair flight number FR4978 in Minsk International Airport. Photograph: Onliner.by/AFP via Getty Images

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary accused Belarus of hijacking on Monday, saying the airline was co-operating with international security agencies after t(...)

The Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius, carrying 170 passengers, was flying over Belarus when Belarussian air traffic controllers notified its pilots of “a potential security threat on board”, later suggested to have been a hoax. Photograph: EPA

Confidence that states will not impede or intercept overflights is a central, essential pillar of the international civil aviation system and internat(...)

Roman Protasevich: Belarus has put him  on a terrorism watch list and accused him of several crimes in connection with protest  rallies. Photograph:  Getty Images

Belarus has defended its decision to force a Ryanair jet to land at Minsk airport and received backing from chief ally Russia, as western states denou(...)

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