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Belarus: Country in Eastern Europe
Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, formerly known by its Russian name Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk. Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi) is forested. Its major economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing. Until the 20th century, different states at various times controlled the lands of modern-day Belarus, including the Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Russian Empire.


Belarusian farmer turns old banger into horse-drawn carriage [Video]

Belarusian farmer turns old banger into horse-drawn carriage

When a Belarus farmer Aleskey Usikov drives his makeshift carriage across the field, he attracts a lot of attention - and that's because he rides a hybrid carriage made of a car and pulled by the..

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Belarus: Hundreds protest in Minsk against President Lukashenko [Video]

Belarus: Hundreds protest in Minsk against President Lukashenko

Demonstrators wore facemasks in defiance and carried slippers, joining opposition activists' calls to "smash the cockroach".View on euronews

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Thousands attend parade in Belarus amid rising coronavirus cases [Video]

Thousands attend parade in Belarus amid rising coronavirus cases

Tens of thousands of people have turned out in the Belarus capital Minsk, despite sharply rising coronavirus infections, to watch a military parade celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second..

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Over 1000 Belarusians attend soccer match despite coronavirus threat [Video]

Over 1000 Belarusians attend soccer match despite coronavirus threat

Belarus soccer fans continue to attend league matches despite fan groups urging people to stay away because of the coronavirus threat.

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Coronavirus threat and fans boycott doesn't stop Belarus League soccer [Video]

Coronavirus threat and fans boycott doesn't stop Belarus League soccer

Despite the growing threat from the coronavirus and fans' group boycotting matches, the Belarus national soccer league plays on.

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Playing a dummy: Belarus club puts virtual fans in the stands to fight virus [Video]

Playing a dummy: Belarus club puts virtual fans in the stands to fight virus

Belarus's FC Dynamo Brest, one of a handful of soccer clubs still playing in Europe, is filling its stands with mannequins sporting cut-out portraits of fans to boost the atmosphere as many supporters..

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Belarus leader names new prime minister two months before election

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko named a former diplomat who had been overseeing the defence industry as prime minister on Thursday, two months before a presidential election which poses his..
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Belarus president names new prime minister: Belta news agency

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Roman Golovchenko on Thursday as prime minister, the Belta news agency reported.
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'Stop the cockroach': protests rattle Belarus President Lukashenko before election

In the Belarusian capital Minsk, a long queue formed outside a covered food market on Sunday as people waited for hours to give their signature to opposition candidates contesting a presidential..
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Shunning virus lockdown, defiant Belarus stages Victory Day parade

Thousands of soldiers marched in Belarus on Saturday to celebrate the Soviet victory in World War Two, as President Alexander Lukashenko rejected calls for lockdown measures to fight the coronavirus..
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Coronavirus: Belarus WW2 parade defies pandemic and upstages Putin

Belarus goes ahead with a Victory Day parade, but in Russia coronavirus forced its cancellation.
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Belarus presidential elections to be held on August 9, Belta reports

The Belarusian parliament said on Friday presidential elections would be held on Aug. 9, the news agency Belta reported, with the incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country since 1994,..
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How longing for football - any football - led to love affair with Belarusian also-rans

With football suspended across most of Europe, one BBC Sport journalist found his sporting fix via an unlikely avenue.
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Coronavirus: Belarus orphanage seeks help amid 'critical' outbreak

A Belarus orphanage says it has at least 23 cases, and that some of the children are "extremely ill".
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Belarus enters 'concerning' new phase in coronavirus outbreak: WHO official

A World Health Organization (WHO) official on Saturday urged Belarus to impose new measures to contain the new coronavirus, out of concern that the outbreak in the country has entered a worrying new..
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Belarusian club fill stadium with mannequins as league continues

Virtual online tickets, cut-out portraits and mannequins - one Belarusian football club are using mannequins to fill empty stands during the coronavirus crisis.
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Coronavirus: Why are football teams in Belarus still playing?

Football and life, continue (almost) as normal in Belarus, but anxiety about coronavirus is growing.
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Belarus coronavirus cases pass 1,000, no new deaths

The number of coronavirus cases in Belarus topped 1,000 on Wednesday, the health ministry said, reporting 205 new infections, a record daily rise.
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In Belarus, some don't wait for Lukashenko to start worrying about coronavirus

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko may have called coronavirus a "psychosis" that can be fought with vodka, saunas and driving tractors, but some of his citizens are taking matters into their own..
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Belarus Premier League carrying on 'not comprehendible'

World players' union Fifpro says it is "frankly not comprehendible" that professional football continues in Belarus amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Belarus reports first coronavirus death: Belta cites Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday a patient who tested positive for coronavirus had died, the country's first confirmed death resulting from the virus, the Belta news agency..
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Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko plays ice hockey despite global Covid-19 crisis

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko takes part in an ice hockey match, despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, insisting "there are no viruses here."
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Coronavirus: Belarus Premier League attracts global attention as it plays on

Football fans around the world are turning to Belarus to get their fix during lockdown as the game carries on in the former Soviet republic.
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Vietnam expands foreign visa ban, 85 coronavirus cases in country

Vietnam will temporarily suspend visa-free travel for citizens of Japan, Belarus and Russia from Saturday as its health ministry reported nine more coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing total in the..
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With Russia ties under strain, Belarus holds drills with British Marines

Belarus began holding joint military drills with 28 British Marines at a training ground in the north of the country this week at a time when relations with its traditional ally Russia are under..
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Belarus' Lukashenko appoints new deputy PM as oil row drags on

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday appointed a new deputy prime minister to oversee the country's petrochemical industry as a dispute with neighboring Russia over oil supply terms..
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Belarus announces first case of coronavirus - TASS

Belarus registered the first case of coronavirus infection in the country, Russian news agency TASS reported on Friday, citing the Belarussian Ministry of Healthcare.
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EU extends arms embargo against Belarus, travel ban on four individuals

The European Union on Monday extended until Feb. 28, 2021, an arms embargo on Belarus and an asset freeze against four nationals from the ex-Soviet republic, according to a statement.
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Russia hints at Belarus joining it in a unified state in exchange for oil deal: Lukashenko

Moscow has hinted at giving Minsk a deal on energy prices in exchange for Belarus joining Russia in a unified state, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday, the state news agency..
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Kremlin: Belarus has every right to develop ties with U.S.

Belarus has every right to develop ties with the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday, following an unusual trip to Moscow's traditional ally by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Pompeo offers Belarus oil in rare visit

He is the first US secretary of state to visit the country for a quarter of a century.
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Pompeo visits Belarus as Minsk's ties with Moscow fray

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Belarus on Saturday, seeking to "normalize" ties at a time when relations between Minsk and its traditional ally Russia are under strain.
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Trump administration plans to add Nigeria and six other nations to travel ban list: reports

The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries - Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania - to its travel ban list, U.S. media reports said on Tuesday.
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Russia, Belarus closer to resolving oil, gas issues, says Moscow

Russia and Belarus have come closer to resolving their differences on oil and gas supplies, Russia's economy minister said on Saturday after talks between the two countries.
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Leader of Belarus dismisses fears Russia could swallow his country

The veteran leader of Belarus on Thursday dismissed opposition fears that a possible integration pact with Russia could end with his country losing its independence to Moscow, saying the two countries..
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Opposition wins no seats in Belarus election, Lukashenko vows to stay put

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after results published on Monday showed not a single opposition candidate had won a seat in a weekend parliamentary election.
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Belarus says still committed to closer integration with Russia

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Monday that his country remained committed to closer integration with Russia, a day after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to pull..
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Belarus election did not comply with democratic standards: international observers

The parliamentary election in Belarus at the weekend did not comply with democratic standards and was marred by curbs on fundamental freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity, international..
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Belarus threatens to pull out of Russia integration deal over subsidy row

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday threatened to pull out of signing an integration deal with Russia next month if Moscow failed to resolve their dispute over energy subsidies.
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Belarus holds parliamentary election as strongman leader keeps grip

Parliamentary elections being held in Belarus on Sunday will be closely watched by the West to see how much leeway President Alexander Lukashenko will allow opposition candidates while keeping his grip..
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Kroos scores two to secure Germany's place at Euro 2020

Toni Kroos scores twice as Germany book their place at Euro 2020 with a routine win over Belarus in Monchengladbach.
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Kazimir Malevich: A mystery painting, either masterpiece or fake, puzzles experts

Works by Malevich fetch millions - but Belarus still has to prove that this is one of them.
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Masterpiece or a fake? Art experts are divided

A purported work by avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich divides opinion in Belarus.
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Belarus briefly detains Russian accused of U.S. election meddling

Belarus briefly detained a Russian national accused by Washington of taking part in Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Belarus's interior ministry said on Tuesday.
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Women's Euro 2021 qualifying: Belarus Women 0-1 Wales Women

Rachel Rowe, back after an injury-hit year, scores the crucial goal as Wales win 1-0 away to Belarus in their Women's Euro 2021 qualifier.
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Belarus calls for U.S. role in Ukraine peace talks

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday the conflict in eastern Ukraine could not be resolved without U.S. involvement in peace talks.
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Russia complains over Belarus's refusal to host air base

Russia said on Thursday that Belarus's refusal to host a military air base backed by President Vladimir Putin had been an "unpleasant episode", a rare public display of disagreement between the close..
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Belarus, U.S. look to bring back ambassadors after 10-year hiatus

The United States and Belarus will announce plans on Tuesday to bring back ambassadors to their posts in their respective countries after a 10-year hiatus, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs..
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Europe beat United States to win The Match

Europe comfortably beat the United States to win the inaugural The Match athletics event in Minsk, Belarus.
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The Match: Europe lead United States by 27 points after day one of two in Minsk

Europe lead the United States by 27 points after day one of the inaugural The Match athletics competition in Minsk, Belarus.
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Classy James gives Wales friendly win over Belarus

Manchester United winger Daniel James gives Wales a 1-0 victory in their friendly against Belarus in Cardiff.
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Watch: USA's Josh Thompson pips GB's Jake Wightman to 1500m win in photo finish

Great Britain's Jake Wightman is beaten in a photo-finish by USA's Josh Thompson in the men's 1500m at The Match event in Belarus.
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Belarus leader tells Trump adviser he wants to reset ties with the U.S.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in talks in Minsk on Thursday that he wanted to reset ties with Washington, TASS news agency reported.
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Trump adviser says he'll warn leader of Belarus about Russian threat

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday he planned to use a trip to Belarus to warn its leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, of the security threat posed by Russia.
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