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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Getty Images.

The US is drawing up a list of targeted sanctions against key members of the Belarusian government following the former Soviet republic’s forced landi(...)

While the digital Covid certificate  system  is set for formal launch on July 1st, Greece has announced  it is ready to use the system earlier as it is keen to start its summer tourism season. Photograph: Getty Images

Europe Correspondent What is the EU digital Covid certificate? The digital Covid certificate is aimed to help EU residents demonstrate whether they(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

About 300,000 vaccine doses  were administered last week, with a similar amount expected to be done next week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The HSE will later this week outline the next phase of the State’s vaccination plan which will see more than 400,000 shots a week administered in June(...)

European Union leaders at a round-table meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

The EU is on track to receive enough Covid-19 vaccination doses to inoculate 70 per cent of its adult population by the end of July, and the member st(...)

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 (...)

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