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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(...)

 Security with a sniffer dog checking the luggage of passengers in front of the plane carrying opposition figure Roman Protasevich, in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: EPA/Onliner

International pilots’ unions have said the forced landing of a Ryanair flight bore the hallmarks of state-sponsored hijacking and have demanded an ind(...)

Police officers detain a journalist Roman Protasevich attempting to cover a rally in Minsk in 2017. Photograph: EPA

Authorities in Belarus scrambled a fighter jet and flagged what turned out to be a false bomb alert to force a Ryanair plane to land on Sunday and the(...)

A Belarusian dog handler checks luggage off a Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS parked on Minsk International Airport’s apron in Minsk, on May 23rd, 2021. Photograph: Getty Images

European Union leaders have agreed a set of sanctions against Belarus, including a ban on the use of EU air space and airports after the regime of aut(...)

 A Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius  with Belarus opposition activist and blogger Roman Protasevich onboard was diverted to land in Minsk after an alleged bomb threat.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and other European leaders reacted with outrage after Belarus intercepted a Ryanair flight bound for Lithuania and arrested a(...)

Campaigner Adi Roche delivers a plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, in 2016. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Adi Roche has been awarded the highest honour of the Belarusian Orthodox Church in recognition of her work on behalf of people affected there by the n(...)

File image of Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of news portal Tut.by. Photograph: Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusian authorities have blocked the country’s main independent news website and searched its offices and the homes of several of its journalists, (...)

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki: called a  video conference with his Czech, Slovak and Hungarian counterparts to discuss the diplomatic  dispute, and Russia’s recent build-up of troops near Ukraine. Photograph: Wojciech Olkusnik

Central European states have closed ranks around the Czech Republic in its row with Russia over alleged spying and sabotage, as Moscow and EU and Nato(...)

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