Jul 26, 2016

Belarus team calls athletes' village unsanitary

The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns. It has complained about having no hot water, only sometimes cold water, and a failing sewage ...

Jul 1, 2016

Belarus cuts four zeroes off currency amid economic woes

Belarus has redenominated its currency, cutting four zeroes off its face value, as the country struggles with recession. Friday’s redenomination is the third since the nation of 10 million became independent after the 1991 Soviet collapse. The Belarusian ruble, which had traded at 20,000 ...

Jun 23, 2016

Lifters from three nations could be banned from Rio Olympics over doping

Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus face one-year suspensions from international weightlifting competition following the retesting of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, which may prevent lifters from those countries from competing at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. The International Weightlifting ...

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl

Apr 18, 2016

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl

Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world’s worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardize the local population’s health. More than 200 tons of uranium remain inside the reactor that exploded three ...

Belarus vote sets stage for Putin duel with EU

Oct 9, 2015

Belarus vote sets stage for Putin duel with EU

For an election deemed unnoticeable by international observers, there will be plenty of global attention when Belarus votes for president on Sunday. Incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, 61, is seeking his fifth term against a fractured and weakened opposition, with the country besieged by economic turmoil ...

Sep 20, 2015

Putin moves to establish Russian military base in Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signaled his intention to establish a Russian military air base in neighboring Belarus — a move sure to unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations. Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former ...