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EU to make it harder for migrants to enter from Belarus

Dec. 01, 2021 13:18 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union migration officials offered Wednesday to ease the asylum-evaluation rules for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to what the EU has called a “hybrid attack” by Belarus to destabilize the bloc using migrants and refugees. The...

Belarus targets journalists, activists with mass raids

Dec. 01, 2021 11:04 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus raided the homes of dozens of journalists and activists Wednesday, according to a human rights group, in what appeared to be the biggest one-day crackdown on dissent in the past three months. Independent journalists, human...

Russia warns NATO against moving nuclear weapons east

Dec. 01, 2021 09:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat warned NATO against redeploying U.S. atomic weapons to Eastern Europe if Germany refuses to keep hosting them, saying Wednesday that such a move would be irresponsible and provocative. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was...

Belarus president offers to host Russian nuclear weapons

Nov. 30, 2021 15:46 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The longtime president of Belarus said Tuesday that his country would be ready to host Russian nuclear weapons if NATO moves U.S. atomic bombs from Germany to Eastern Europe. In an interview, President Alexander Lukashenko also said for the first time that...

Belarusian leader accuses Lithuania of dumping dead migrants

Nov. 29, 2021 13:25 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday accused Lithuanian authorities of dumping the bodies of migrants on the border between the two countries — a claim rejected by Lithuania amid soaring border tensions between Belarus and its European Union neighbors. ...

Lukashenko offers migrants who stay at border food, clothes

Nov. 26, 2021 06:55 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday promised food and warm clothing to migrants who opt to stay at the border between the ex-Soviet nation and Poland and won't return to their homeland. Lukashenko made the pledge during a visit to a...

Second group of Iraqis return after failed Europe gamble

Nov. 26, 2021 05:48 AM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Defeated but somewhat relieved, a second group of Iraqis on Friday returned home to northern Iraq after a failed quest to reach the European Union, citing maltreatment and abuse suffered at the hands of Belarusian authorities. Over 570 people...

Merkel voices 'full solidarity' with Poland over Belarus

Nov. 25, 2021 11:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her “full solidarity” Thursday with Warsaw over Poland's tense border situation with Belarus. Merkel reiterated her accusation that Belarus was carrying out a “hybrid attack” by luring migrants...

EU urged not to forget Belarus as bloc prepares sanctions

Nov. 24, 2021 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed Wednesday to the European Union not to forget the plight of ordinary citizens and political prisoners in the former Soviet country. Tsikhanouskaya's plea came as the EU prepares new sanctions in...

Iraqi Kurds cite work, graft as reasons behind Minsk gamble

Nov. 24, 2021 05:07 AM EST

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — The smuggler had said the car would come in 10 minutes, but Zaid Ramadan had been waiting in the dense forest straddling the Poland-Belarus border for three hours, desperate for signs of headlights in the mist — and a new life in Europe. His...