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Belarus opens as potential market for agricultural exports

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The opportunity for the Philippines to supply agricultural products to Belarus comes as a government delegation visits Eastern Europe

Workers files stock of round shape fruits at the Balintawak Market on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, six days before the Buena Noche to welcome the New Year. The Filipinos welcome the New Year's Eve by serving 12 kinds of round fruits on the table during Buena Noche, believed to welcome prosperity and abundance for the household. The 12 kinds of round fruits on the table represents each month in a year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Belarus blocks popular opposition website

Jan 25, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The information ministry says a decision was taken to 'limit access' because the site 'published information that is illegal to disseminate'

Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls the explosion and its dire aftermath an unhealing wound with which we as a people live with

THE UNHEALING WOUND. This aerial shot shows the membrane that is being built to keep the radiation from Chernobyl from leaking out. Photo from Twitter account of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Worldwide executions highest since 1989 – Amnesty

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:49 AM

UPDATED Iran Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are behind 89 of total executions worldwide in 2015

EU suspends most Belarus sanctions, ties 'improving': official

Oct 29, 2015 - 10:23 PM

The sanctions – asset freezes and travel bans on 170 individuals and three entities – will now be suspended for four months

Lukashenko wins 83.49% of Belarus vote: election chief

Oct 12, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Election chief Lidiya Yermoshina gives the result at a televised news conference and it also appears on the commission s website The result is still formally a preliminary one

LUKASHENKO. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on a large screen talks to the media after casting his ballot at a polling station in Minsk, Belarus, October 11, 2015. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

May 17, 2015 - 11:53 AM

The uptick in Afghan fighting has rattled Moscow s ex Soviet allies in Central Asia and some have looked towards Russia for reassurance

MILITARY MIGHT. Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day Parade in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. RIA Novosti/Pool/EPA

Ukraine marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster

Apr 26, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Ukrainians marks 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster laying wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed

GROUND ZERO. A picture taken through the windows of a van shows a general view of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, 21 April 2015. Roman Pilpey/EPA

'Grave concern' about Ukraine fighting at 4-way talks

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Foreign ministers from Russia Ukraine France and Germany gather to assess progress in the truce deal agreed in February between the Ukraine government and pro Russian rebels

BERLIN MEETING. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pose for a group photo as they attend a meeting to examine the implementation of the Minsk peace accords at Villa Borsig in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2015. Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

Four-way talks on Ukraine to be held in Berlin April 13

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the focus of the upcoming talks should be the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to monitor the country s fragile truce

In this file photo, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, (2-L), points as he, welcomes his counterparts from France, Laurent Fabius (R), Russia, Sergei Lavrov (L), and Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin (2-R), in Berlin, Germany, 12 January 2015 for a meeting on the situation in Ukraine. Michael Sohn/Pool/EPA

Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile NATO forces prepared for a major exercise in the Baltics where Russia s involvement in the Ukraine war has jangled nerves

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Key points of Ukraine peace plan

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:32 PM

The new agreement notably calls for a ceasefire starting on Sunday and an expanded buffer zone around the frontline with the withdrawal of heavy weapons

Marathon Ukraine peace summit agrees ceasefire

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:08 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he German Chancellor Angela Merkel French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agree on the main points

MEET THE PRESS. (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pose during for a group photo during the Ukraine peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, 11 February 2015. Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Ukraine peace summit drags on as leaders wrangle

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:22 AM

The crunch 4 way meeting is the climax of a frantic European diplomatic drive aimed at stopping the worst East West crisis since the end of the Cold War from escalating

GROUP PHOTO. (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pose for the media during a group photo opportunity at the Ukraine crisis meeting of the so-called Normandy group, in Minsk, Belarus, 11 February 2015. Tatyana Zenkovich/Pool/EPA

Hollande floats Ukraine peace plan as leaders flock to Kiev

Feb 05, 2015 - 8:16 PM

As the European leaders set out on the biggest peace push so far to end the near 10 month conflict at least 19 people were killed in fresh clashes

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:21 PM

A successful round of preliminary negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk could pave the way for a second meeting

ON THE ROAD. Military vehicles drive on a road in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 11 September 2014. File photo/Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine takes historic step toward NATO

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Ukraine s parliament overwhelmingly vote to revoke the nation s neutral status which it adopted under Russian pressure in 2010

In this file photo, deputies of the new Ukrainian parliament take the oath of office during the opening of a session in Kiev on November 27, 2014. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:06 AM

But a high ranking Ukrainian official says Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia

WELCOME TO KIEV. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) welcomes Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (L), during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 December 2014. Mykola Lazarenko/Pool/EPA

Poroshenko pleads with Russia: Withdraw from Ukraine

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Poroshenko on a visit to Australia spoke as a day old ceasefire largely holds along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hang in the balance

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Singapore, 09 December 2014. Wallace Woon/EPA

Ukraine leader sacks defense minister ahead of Russia talks

Oct 13, 2014 - 11:10 AM

The sacking highlights a sense of failure that has enveloped the once proud force as the 6 month conflict with pro Russian rebels drags on and the death toll from fighting approaches 3 400

A Ukrainian serviceman stands close to military convoy on a road near of Slaviansk, Ukraine, 05 October 2014. Konstantin Grishin/EPA

Putin orders troop pullback from Ukraine border ahead of key talks

Oct 12, 2014 - 4:48 PM

UPDATED Kremlin: The head of state has tasked the defense minister with beginning to bring troops back to their permanent bases

In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after his talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus, early 27 August 2014. Alexander Zemlianichenko/EPA

EU sanctions Russia despite new Putin-Poroshenko peace push

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:10 AM

European leaders have been keen to ensure a halt to the fighting that has rattled financial markets and provoked a trade war with Russia damaging farmers and threatening the economic recoveries of leading EU nations such as Germany

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) shakes hands with workers during his visit to the Mariupol Metallurgic Plant in the eastern Ukrainian city Mariupol Ukraine, 08 September 2014. Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Renewed fighting threatens Ukraine truce

Sep 07, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Insurgent militias bombard a government held checkpoint on the eastern edge of the port city of Mariupol overnight local officials say killing one woman and triggering panic among terrified residents

People walk past a burning gas station on September 7, 2014 after an overnight bombing attack, near an Ukrainian army checkpoint in the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol. Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Heavy fighting threatens Ukraine ceasefire

Sep 07, 2014 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED Separatists insist they will not give up their ambitions for an independent state and weary local residents are doubtful the ceasefire will bring lasting peace

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop an armored personnel carrier (APC) as they ride near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on September 6, 2014. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels agree ceasefire

Sep 06, 2014 - 1:40 AM

Skeptical Western governments said they still planned to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow over what they claim is Russian aggression in the former Soviet state

CEASEFIRE DEAL. (From L-R) Representative of self-proclaimed 'People Republic of Donetsk' Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, rebel leader of 'People Republic of Lugansk' Igor Plotnitsky, OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, and former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma make an official statement on the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, Belarus, on September 5, 2014. Ukraine, Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Moscow s surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine comes ahead of a NATO summit in Wales at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby US President Barack Obama for military backing

A Ukrainian soldier drives on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on a road near a military camp in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Sep 02, 2014 - 7:58 AM

The sense of foreboding in Kiev comes as European mediated talks over the fast escalating crisis opens behind closed doors in the Belarussian capital Minsk attended by government separatist and Russian envoys

ON EDGE. Ukrainian loyalists hold their flag as they rally at the last checkpoint on the eastern side of Mariupol on August 30, 2014. Francisco Leong/AFP

Rebels seize ground as West claims Russia army is in Ukraine

Aug 28, 2014 - 8:23 AM

After weeks of government offensives that have seen troops push deep into the last rebel bastions the tide appears to be turning once again in the four month conflict

COLLATERAL DAMAGE. Bystanders watch a fire consuming a school in downtown Donetsk on August 27, 2014, after being hit by a shelling. Francisco Leong/AFP

Russia, Ukraine talks end without major breakthrough

Aug 27, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Putin sat down for a crunch one on one in Minsk after marathon talks involving top EU officials as tensions spiked

LANDMARK MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) shake hands during a summit in Belarus' capital of Minsk on August 26, 2014. Sergei Bondarenko/AFP

Ukraine, Russia leaders meet; little hope for breakthrough

Aug 26, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Kiev ratcheted up tensions by announcing hours ahead of the talks it had captured 10 Russian soldiers on its territory while Washington accused Moscow of escalating the conflict with repeat military incursions

DEJA VU. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meet on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Allied tropps' landing in the Normandy in Ouistreham, France, 06 June 2014. Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung/Handout/EPA

Slew of world conflicts fog Nobel Peace Prize guessing game

Oct 10, 2012 - 10:30 AM

Will a theorist of non violent protests whose ideas inspired the Arab Spring uprisings be honored or perhaps a Russian or a Belarusian human rights activist?

Serena faces Azarenka for US Open women's title

Sep 08, 2012 - 9:19 AM

Will Serena Williams be able to beat world 1 Azarenka and clinch the Grand Slam treble?

Eritrea 'most censored' country - global media watchdog

May 03, 2012 - 12:17 PM

African country topples North Korea in list of countries most notorious for censorship media restrictions

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and his Eritrean counterpart Issaias Afeworki (front R) review the honour guard upon the latter's arrival at Tehran on May 19, 2008. Both Iran and Eritrea are part of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) list of most censored countries, released May 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE