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Human rights activist convicted of tax evasion in Belarusupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 06:52:00

Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was convicted in Minsk of tax evasion Thursday and sentenced to 4½ years in prison, with all his assets confiscated, Human Rights Watch said.

Messi nets double as Barcelona cruise to win in Belarusupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:32:00

Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona as the European champions crushed BATE Borisov 5-0 to claim their first Group H win in this season's Champions League.

Lukashenko vows 'no color revolution' in Belarusupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 14:30:00

Vowing to crackdown on a new wave of anti-government protests, President Alexander Lukashenko warned Sunday in Minsk there will be "no color revolution" scenarios in Belarus, the nation he has ruled with an iron fist since 1994, the official Belarusian Telegraph Company reported.

Spain's reign continues as under-21s win European crownupdated: Sat Jun 25 2011 18:26:00

Spain's footballing dominance continues as the country's under-21 team emulated their senior counterparts by winning the European Championship title on Saturday.

France held by Belarus in Euro 2012 qualifierupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 19:06:00

Unfancied Belarus once again frustrated France in Euro 2012 qualifying action on Friday, earning a 1-1 draw at home to the Group D leaders.

Obama praises Poland, blasts Belarus during tripupdated: Sat May 28 2011 15:57:00

President Barack Obama on Saturday held up Poland's transition to democracy in the 1980s as a model for nations today pushing back against their governments -- from countries in North Africa and the Middle East to some in Eastern Europe.

Obama on last leg of his European tripupdated: Sat May 28 2011 15:57:00

CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports on President Obama's meetings in Poland.

Blast hits subway station in Belarusupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 08:31:00

Russian state media report an explosion struck a subway station in the Belarus capital of Minsk.

Two suspects arrested in Belarus bomb probeupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 08:31:00

Two people suspected of involvement in the deadly bombing at a Minsk subway station were detained late Tuesday night, Belarus Deputy Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said at a news briefing Wednesday.

Suspect held in Minsk subway blast probeupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 14:15:00

Belarus investigators described a suspect in Monday's subway bombing that killed 12 people as a 27-year-old man, but they were unsure about motives or if the bomber had help.

Blast hits subway station in Belarus, killing 11updated: Mon Apr 11 2011 16:15:00

At least 11 people were killed and more than 100 others injured after an explosion struck a subway station in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday evening, state media reported, citing President Alexander Lukashenko.

U.N. retracts claim that Belarus sent arms to Ivory Coastupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 04:48:00

United Nations officials apologized to Belarus this week for an incorrect report accusing it of shipping attack helicopters to the disputed president of the Ivory Coast.

U.N. chief accuses Belarus of violating Ivory Coast arms embargoupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 16:18:00

The United Nations on Monday accused Belarus of defying an arms embargo against Ivory Coast by delivering three attack helicopters to the disputed president of the West African nation.

Belarus president to be sworn inupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 06:27:00

The president of Belarus will be sworn in Friday after an election that triggered massive protests and led to hundreds of arrests.

Belarus defends election protest arrests; OSCE criticizes vote countupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 12:20:00

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who preliminary results show has easily won election to a fourth term, praised police actions in dispersing post-election demonstrators and castigated the protesters as "vandals and thugs."

Protests erupt after Lukashenko appears to win Belarus electionupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 20:51:00

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, once called "the last dictator in Europe" by a U.S. official, easily won re-election in voting Sunday, according to exit polls reported by several media outlets.

Fate of 'last dictator in Europe' up for grabs in Belarus electionupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 16:00:00

Voters in Belarus head to the polls Sunday to cast their ballots in presidential elections.

Sharapova suffers early exit in Beijingupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:20:00

Maria Sharapova crashed out of the China Open on Tuesday, with the former world No. 1 suffering her second consecutive early exit.

Presidential election date set in Belarusupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 06:56:00

Belarussian lawmakers have set December 19 as the date for the country's next presidential election, the state-owned BelTA news agency said Tuesday.

Ousted Kyrgyzstan president calls Sunday referendum illegitimateupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:46:00

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Monday that Sunday's referendum establishing a new constitution was illegitimate. He vehemently denied accusations that he was behind recent violence that killed scores of ethnic Uzbeks.

Russia pays Belarus for Europe gas transitupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 06:27:00

Russian energy giant Gazprom has paid Belarus $228 million for delivering natural gas to Europe, the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti said Thursday.

Gazprom cuts supplies to Belarus furtherupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 13:16:00

Belarus has paid its natural gas debt to Russian energy giant Gazprom in full, a top Belarus government official said Wednesday, in the latest twist of a dispute that could affect Europe's energy supplies.

Belarus to stop Russian gas deliveries to Europeupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 08:12:00

Belarus' president has ordered the halt of Russian natural gas deliveries to Europe via Belarus, his office told CNN Tuesday.

Russia begins to restrict natural gas supplies to Belarusupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 03:41:00

Russia began to cut off natural gas supplies to Belarus on Monday as talks over unpaid debts continued, Russian state media reported.

Ousted Kyrgyz president says he will not returnupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 15:20:00

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Monday that he had no intention of returning to power and hopes to remain in Belarus, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Ousted Kyrgyz president says he is country's leaderupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 22:22:00

The ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Wednesday he still considers himself the country's president, even though he was forced to resign, according to news reports from Minsk, Belarus.

Back to normal in Kyrgyzstanupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 22:22:00

The U.S. is eager to show that things are back to normal at a transit center in Kyrgyzstan. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

Kyrgyzstan to seek ousted president's extraditionupdated: Tue Apr 20 2010 13:03:00

Kyrgyzstan's interim government has said it will demand the extradition of the country's ousted president from Belarus once the investigation into the bloody massacre of April 7 is completed.

Champion Venus untroubled in opener as injuries mar Dubai eventupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 16:24:00

Defending champion Venus Williams cruised into the last 16 of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday, but 2008 winner Elena Dementieva was forced to retire in her second-round tie.

CNNMoney: Oil ends at highest level in 14 monthsupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 15:49:00

Oil continued to rally for an eighth straight session and closed at the highest level in more than fourteen months as a pricing dispute and disruption in crude exports between Russia and Belarus worried investors. Russia advances at World Championshipsupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 18:36:00

Defending champion Russia got the win it wanted and the tough match it needed with a 4-2 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday at the ice hockey world championship.

Kuznetsova hopes are ended by Radwanskaupdated: Sat Mar 14 2009 09:56:00

Sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova has failed in her attempts to reach a third successive Indian Wells final, crashing out in three sets to Polish wildcard Urszula Radwanska. The Limey: Capello has revitalized England firing on all cylindersupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 16:13:00

In these times of financial doom and gloom, which has led some naysayers to predict a meltdown for some EPL clubs (more on that later), the team that was at the bottom of our Christmas card list less than a year ago has brought tidings of joy to the English footballing public. The Three Lions have got their roar back and resemble a team that can play football again!

Rooney double as England see off Belarusupdated: Thu Oct 16 2008 05:13:00

Wayne Rooney scored two second half goals as England maintained their perfect start to World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win over Belarus in Minsk on Wednesday night.

Man held over daughter's '6-year kidnap, rape'updated: Tue Sep 09 2008 07:14:00

A Polish court has ordered the detention of a man accused of holding his daughter captive for six years and repeatedly raping her, ultimately fathering two children with her. 11 Charged With Credit Card Fraud updated: Tue Aug 05 2008 16:00:00

The Department of Justice announced that it had charged 11 people in connection with the hacking of nine major U.S. retailers and the theft and sale of more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers

U.S. trims embassy staff in Belarusupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 03:20:00

The United States is cutting the size of its embassy staff in Belarus amid a diplomatic dispute with that country's government, the U.S. State Department said Monday.

Czechs defeat Cyprus to finish topupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 17:45:00

The Czech Republic sealed top spot in Euro 2008 Group D qualifying with a comfortable 2-0 victory in Cyprus. What Breast-Feeding Can't Doupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 18:55:00

Breast milk is best for babies' health and well-being, but a new study finds it doesn't help prevent asthma or allergies

Bekele claims 10,000m title trebleupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 02:15:00

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele powered to his third successive 10,000 meters world title with a pulsating victory on Monday.

Red Star through to face Rangersupdated: Wed Aug 08 2007 05:52:00

Former European champions Red Star Belgrade set up a Champions League third round qualifying third clash with Rangers despite a 2-1 defeat at Estonian champions Levadia Tallin on Wednesday.

German Stange is new Belarus coachupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 06:06:00

Former Iraq coach Bernd Stange has been appointed manager of Belarus, the country's football federation announced Tuesday. The 10 Spot: March 22, 2007updated: Thu Mar 22 2007 09:35:00

1. The New York Daily News is reporting that youthful Giants quarterback Eli Manning got engaged Tuesday night. Eli needed to move fast while there were still women available who hadn't been impregnated by Tom Brady.

Champion vaulter Markov to retireupdated: Wed Feb 28 2007 03:31:00

Former world pole vault champion Dmitri Markov, who hailed from Belarus but scored his most notable achievements wearing Australian colors, has been forced to retire because of a persistent foot injury.

CNNMoney: Russia plays hardball, and markets take noteupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 06:09:00

Russian oil is again flowing through Belarus, but the three-day shutdown has raised yet more concerns about how reliable the world's second-largest oil exporter really is.

CNNMoney: Oil stems slide after hitting 18-month lowupdated: Tue Jan 09 2007 11:35:00

Oil prices rebounded Thursday, recovering from 18-month lows after reports said talks between Russia and Belarus over a major pipeline closure fell through. In addition, a report said OPEC cuts could leave crude trading in the $60s for the rest of the year.

Early goals send Romanians to topupdated: Sat Oct 07 2006 17:07:00

Romania scored twice in the opening 10 minutes on their way to a 3-1 defeat of Belarus in Bucharest and top place in Euro 2008 Group G.

Romania include 13 exiles in squadupdated: Thu Sep 21 2006 13:58:00

Roma defender Cristian Chivu heads a 13-strong overseas contingent that will form the core of Romania's squad for next month's Euro 2008 Group G qualifier against Belarus.

Van Persie leads Dutch fightbackupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 17:43:00

Netherlands washed away the bad taste of their poor weekend performance to beat Belarus 3-0 in a Euro 2008 Group G qualifier on Wednesday.

Olsson/Isinbayeva show their classupdated: Sat Aug 12 2006 14:32:00

Gothenburg's favourite son Christian Olsson and Russian Yelena Isinbayeva lit up another damp day at the Ullevi stadium, where they demolished the opposition at the European championships on Saturday.

Maisch wins surprise marathon goldupdated: Sat Aug 12 2006 09:18:00

German Ulrike Maisch was a surprise winner of the women's marathon at the European championships in Gothenburg, splashing through the rain for a personal best of two hours 30 minutes and one second.

'Huge' Russian pipeline oil spillupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 06:48:00

Russian officials said Monday there had been a "huge" oil spill in an export pipeline in the Byransk region, which is near Russia's western border with Ukraine and Belarus.

Green's agony as England slip upupdated: Fri May 26 2006 03:10:00

England suffered a faltering start to their World Cup preparations as an experimental 'B' side slid to a 2-1 defeat to Belarus on Thursday night and reserve goalkeeper Robert Green was ruled out through injury.

Czechs celebrate extra time strikeupdated: Thu May 18 2006 15:07:00

Zbynek Irgl's goal late in extra time gave the Czech Republic a dramatic 4-3 victory over Russia on Thursday, sending the titleholders into a world championship semifinal with Finland.

U.S. victory hands Canada top spotupdated: Tue May 16 2006 11:57:00

Ryan Malone scored a goal and set up another as the United States beat holders Czech Republic 3-1 at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday.

Fortune: The Net's not-so-secret economy of crimeupdated: Mon May 15 2006 13:17:00

Raze Software offers a product called CC2Bank 1.3, available in freeware form - if you like it, please pay for it. Raze's attractively designed Web site, registered in Belarus, may suggest a shaky command of English -"I shall pleased any estimation in respect of my programs and this page," it reads - but it displays the classic characteristics of web commerce, like visitor statistics, advertising, and links to Web sites of partners.

May Day rallies draw millions worldwideupdated: Mon May 01 2006 08:45:00

Millions of people have gathered worldwide to mark May Day and demand better working conditions, while others also used the annual event to push for political change.

EU condemns Belarus violenceupdated: Sun Mar 26 2006 08:04:00

The European Union has condemned violence used by Belarus authorities to quell demonstrations and called for the "immediate release" of an arrested opposition leader.

West slams Belarus crackdownupdated: Fri Mar 24 2006 06:01:00

Western leaders have agreed to impose restrictive measures on the Belarussian government as they condemned a crackdown against opposition protesters in Minsk.

Belarus leader: Revolution failsupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 07:28:00

Veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko, declared the winner of Belarus's presidential election by a huge margin in a vote denounced as fraudulent, has said "the revolution that was talked about so much ... has failed."

U.S. calls for new Belarus voteupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 00:30:00

European monitors and the United States have condemned the weekend presidential election in Belarus that saw President Alexander Lukashenko re-elected in a landslide, with the White House joining opposition calls for a new vote.

Report: Democracy no guarantor of rightsupdated: Wed Mar 08 2006 15:15:00

The State Department on Wednesday said that laudable human-rights practices tend to occur in democracies, but it noted in its annual report on human rights that democracy does not guarantee what President Bush has called a commitment to "the non-negotiable demands of human dignity."

Greece owe it to Samaras on debutupdated: Tue Feb 28 2006 14:45:00

Georgios Samaras made a memorable debut for Greece by scoring the only goal in their win over Belarus on Tuesday at the start of an eight-nation friendly tournament.

Guccione steers Australia throughupdated: Sun Feb 12 2006 15:58:00

Australian newcomer Chris Guccione steered his country to a 3-2 victory over Switzerland in their Davis Cup World Group first round tie on Sunday.

Holders Croatia holding Davis leadupdated: Fri Feb 10 2006 14:39:00

Holders Croatia hold a 2-0 lead over Austria, Belarus lead 2004 champions Spain and Russia head the Netherlands after the opening day singles in the Davis Cup first round.

Skiers suspended over blood testsupdated: Fri Feb 10 2006 09:19:00

Eight cross-country skiers including an Olympic gold medallist and two U.S. team members have been banned for five days after tests showed they had an abnormally high red blood cell count -- which could boost endurance.

Hleb is voted Belarus best playerupdated: Mon Nov 21 2005 11:25:00

Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has been voted Belarus's Player of the Year in a nationwide poll of the country's soccer experts conducted by the sports daily Pressbol.

Scots expect Ferguson to recoverupdated: Mon Oct 03 2005 11:30:00

Scotland manager Walter Smith is hopeful captain Barry Ferguson will be fit for their final World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Slovenia.

Report: Blast wounds 50 in Belarusupdated: Fri Sep 23 2005 03:16:00

Fifty people have been injured, four critically, in a blast in the Belarussian city of Vitebsk, the Russian news agency Interfax said.

Bekele retains world 10,000m titleupdated: Mon Aug 08 2005 13:21:00

Olympic champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia retained the world 10,000 meters title in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

Ivanova claims world record bonusupdated: Sun Aug 07 2005 10:09:00

Olimpiada Ivanova of Russia set the first world record of the world athletics championships in Helsinki on Sunday, clinching the US$160,000 bonus available as she won the 20-kilometer walk.

Rice meets with Belarus oppositionupdated: Thu Apr 21 2005 09:28:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lent political support Thursday to Belarus opposition members aiming to oust President Alexander Lukashenko.

Russia, NATO sign military dealupdated: Thu Apr 21 2005 07:13:00

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have signed an agreement that will allow joint military exercises and eventually a joint military capability.

Rice: Belarus is 'dictatorship'updated: Wed Apr 20 2005 08:02:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has denied that the Bush administration's policy of promoting freedom and democracy around the world is aimed at "fomenting revolution" but praised efforts by people in other countries to "throw off the yoke of tyranny."

Norway are held to a goalless drawupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 15:28:00

Bottom team Moldova held Norway to a goalless draw in a dull Group Five World Cup qualifier played in driving snow in Chisinau on Wednesday.

Italy edge Belarus in 4-3 thrillerupdated: Wed Oct 13 2004 15:47:00

Francesco Totti scored twice as Italy got their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 4-3 victory over Belarus in a remarkable group five game.

Camoranesi ruled out of crunch tieupdated: Tue Oct 12 2004 06:27:00

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro and midfielder Mauro Camoranesi have been ruled out of Wednesday's crunch Group Five World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus.

Roddick faces Voltchkov in singlesupdated: Thu Sep 23 2004 14:52:00

U.S. world number two Andy Roddick will face Belarus' Vladimir Voltchkov in the opening singles tie of their Davis Cup semi-final on Friday.

Roundup: Turkey beaten by Belarusupdated: Wed Aug 18 2004 16:01:00

Belarus handed Turkey the worst possible result before the 2002 World Cup semifinalists begin their 2006 qualifying campaign against Georgia, when they beat them 2-1.

Belarus reach Davis Cup semifinalsupdated: Sat Apr 10 2004 12:06:00

Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov beat Agustin Calleri and Lucas Arnold 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 to give Belarus an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against Argentina in Minsk.

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