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Belarus Tennis Player Escapes Ban Despite Positive Drug Test

A tennis player from Belarus has escaped punishment after testing positive for meldonium, the same substance found in Maria Sharapova's sample at the Australian Open. More

Turkish police use a tear-inducing agent against demonstrators during a protest over the arrest of two reporters in Ankara late last year. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was singled out in the Freedom House report for his crackdown on journalists.

World Press Freedom At Lowest In More Than A Decade, Watchdog Says

A U.S.-based rights watchdog says press freedom in the world declined in 2015 to its lowest level in 12 years, under increased pressure from a combination of political, criminal, and terrorist elements. More

Belarusian activist Dzmitry Paliyenka (file photo)

Belarusian Activist Fined Over Anti-Russia Protest

A court in Minsk has fined a Belarusian activist for participating in an anti-Russia rally. More

Belarus, U.S. 'Ready' To Discuss Return Of Ambassadors

The top U.S. diplomat in Belarus, Scott Rauland, and Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimer Makey said on April 25 that their countries are ready to discuss the possible return of their ambassadors. More

AP Finds Chernobyl Contamination In Milk From Belarus

Associated Press reporters who visited the edge of the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Belarus say that milk from a dairy farm there contains levels of radioactive isotopes at least 10 times higher than the country’s food safety limits. More

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The Russia-Belarus Union state turns 20-years-old this weekend. What does it teach us about Moscow's quest to restore its dominance over the former Soviet space today? Listen to the new Power Vertical Podcast. More
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Belarusian In Belgium Denies Russian Reports Suggesting Links To Attacks

Some Russian media reports claim that three former Belarusian residents are suspected of involvement in the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels. But one of the men ridiculed the assertion, telling RFE/RL that the reports were "nonsensical yellow journalism."
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