December 19, 2006 -- Belarus has barred a German diplomat from entering the country.
December 19, 2006 -- Canada is imposing trade sanctions on Belarus in a bid to pressure the country's rulers to respect human rights and democracy.
December 18, 2006 -- Finland's prime minister said he regretted it proved impossible for the EU to launch talks on a new comprehensive agreement with Russia during Finland's EU presidency.
Brezhnev relaxing in Moscow in 1971 (ITAR-TASS)
MOSCOW, December 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The history books will not remember Leonid Brezhnev as the most influential of Soviet leaders.
December 15, 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarus counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka hold talks today in Moscow.
Opposition leader Alyaksandr Kazulin ended his hunger strike without his main demand being met, but the response suggests his 53-day strike was not in vain.
Alyaksandr Kazulin (file photo) (RFE/RL)
December 14, 2006 -- The Czech government has called on Belarus's authorities to release the opposition leader Alyaksandr Kazulin from prison and to provide him with immediate health care.
Logo of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (Courtesy Photo)
December 14, 2006 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on the Belarusian authorities to immediately halt their attempts to close down the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.
Alyaksandr Milinkevich pictured in jail in April (Bymedia.net)
December 13, 2006 -- Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich has turned down the 50,000 euros that go with the European Parliament's top human rights prize.
December 13, 2006 -- Talks on possible sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program were postponed as a dispute erupted between two UN Security Council members.
"This is not only my prize. This prize also goes to all Belarusians struggling for freedom," Alyaksandr Milinkevich said at the ceremony in Brussels.
December 12, 2006 -- Opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich has said he is sure Belarus will become democratic in two years.