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KGB Investigates 138 Suspected Belarusian Mercenaries

The chairman of Belarus's KGB says investigations have been launched into the activities of 138 Belarusian citizens who are thought to have been combatants in Ukraine's eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. More

Belarusian Activist Forcibly Held By Police Without Charge

A civil rights activist in Belarus, Tamara Syarhey, says she was forcibly taken to a police station on June 23 without being charged in order to prevent her from attending a protest rally in Minsk. More

World champion Ilya Ilyin is among the weightlifters from Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus who face a possible ban from the Rio Olympics.

Weightlifters From Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan Face Rio Ban

The International Weightlifting Federation says weightlifting teams from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus could be banned from the 2016 Olympics in August because of positive drug tests on samples from previous Olympics. More

Russian Minister Plays Down Threat To Ban Belarusian Dairy Products

Moscow has played down its threat to suspend dairy imports from Belarus, Russia's largest supplier. More

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (file photo)

Steinmeier Urges Dialogue With Russia

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned that Europe "is at risk of splitting along new divides." More

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Small Change: After Two Decades, Belarus Brings Back Its Coins

Belarus hopes its currency makeover will help curb inflation, but Minsk's record invites doubt as to whether it's anything more than cosmetic.

Eastern Angst: Brexit Vote Sends Jitters Through Countries On EU's Fringe

As Europe grapples with Britain's decision to leave the EU, the bloc's eastern partners are weighing the implications of a Brexit for their own countries.

Flood Of Weapons Makes Eastern Ukraine Ripe For Arms Trade

The arrest in Ukraine of an alleged French nationalist with a cache of weapons has raised fears the conflict-wracked east of the country has become an arms bazaar for would-be terrorists abroad.
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