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Teddy bears spark Belarus diplomatic row

BRUSSELS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- All EU ambassadors may be withdrawn from Belarus in a diplomatic row sparked when teddy bears promoting democracy were airdropped over the country.

PR firm says it dropped teddy bears alone

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The Swedish ambassador to Belarus worked with the public relations firm that dropped teddy bears on the country, the Belarusian president charged Thursday.

Belarus expels Swedish ambassador

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Belarus expelled the Swedish ambassador, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt announced Friday, saying the move "shows nature of regime."
Officials fired over teddy bear drop

Officials fired over teddy bear drop

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko fired two top military officials over a foreign plane that entered Belarus and dropped hundreds of teddy bears.
Widow protests Putin at Olympics

Widow protests Putin at Olympics

LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The widow of a murdered Russian spy says she plans to protest Russian President Valdimir Putin's attendance at the Summer Olympics in London Thursday.

Rights record of Belarus under scrutiny

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 13 (UPI) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council appointed a special human rights envoy to Belarus after expressing grave concern about the country's pattern of abuses.

U.S. extends sanctions on Belarus

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The White House announced it was extending a national emergency with respect to Belarus because the government there was repressive.

HRW: Rights a lingering concern in Belarus

MOSCOW, May 30 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called on the government in Belarus to stop harassing human rights activists after a leading defender was arrested for "hooliganism."

Europe welcomes Belarus prisoner release

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- London welcomed the release of a former Belarusian presidential candidate and his campaign chief from prison but said more was expected from Minsk.

Belarus releases second opposition leader

MINSK, Belarus, April 15 (UPI) -- An opposition leader in Belarus was released from prison after serving two years for his role in post-election rioting, his wife said Sunday.

Russia backs Belarus as hockey host

MOSCOW, March 29 (UPI) -- A Russian Hockey Federation official said the group won't back a European Parliament initiative to bar Belarus from hosting the 2014 world championships.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, March 19, 2012.
By United Press International
Belarus issuing travel bans

Belarus issuing travel bans

MINSK, Belarus, March 16 (UPI) -- Journalists and political opposition figures say they're being banned from leaving Belarus.

EU upset with Belarus over death penalty

BRUSSELS, March 16 (UPI) -- A European official expressed concern that Belarus opted to uphold death sentences for two men convicted of a subway bombing.

Belarus bars journalists from traveling

MINSK, Belarus, March 15 (UPI) -- Journalists in Belarus said they were banned, without explanation, from leaving the country by the government.

Groups lists 'enemies of the Internet'

PARIS, March 13 (UPI) -- Reporters Without Borders says it has added Bahrain and Belarus to 10 other nations on its annual list of "enemies of the Internet."

Belarus has harsh words for EU

MINSK, Belarus, March 5 (UPI) -- Sanctions on the government in Belarus are a reflection of the "absolute hysteria" among European leaders, the Belarusian president said.

Britain pushes Belarus on prisoners

LONDON, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- British officials said they summoned the Belarusian envoy in response to a decision from Minsk to recall ambassadors to Poland and the European Union.
Lukashenko considering reform

Lukashenko considering reform

MINSK, Belarus, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday he may undertake political reform after the country's parliamentary elections.

Belarus tightens grip on Internet

MINSK, Belarus, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Internet users in Belarus who visit Web sites hosted in other countries could soon face fines of up to $125 under a new law, authorities say.

Belarus rapped for human rights record

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- There are grave concerns about the human rights situation in Belarus, the United States and European Union said a year after the country's election.
U.S. urges Minsk to release prisoners

U.S. urges Minsk to release prisoners

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Washington calls on Belarus to release all political prisoners unconditionally, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said from Lithuania.

Death sentences in Belarus metro attack

MINSK, Belarus, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A decision to impose the death penalty for the accused perpetrators of an April attack on a metro station in Belarus is symbolic, the mother of an accused said.

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Belarus bars man from breathing in public

BARANOVICHI, Belarus, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Belarusian officials prohibited a local businessman from holding a breathing exercise in a central square, saying it would violate laws on public rallies.
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