Tanya KOROVENKOVA

No ransom paid for Belarusian woman's release in Nigeria

Britain's Compass Group said that it had not paid a ransom to free its employee, a Belarusian citizen, kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this month and released on May 16...

US-based group ranks Belarus among 10 «most repressive media environments»

Freedom House, a US-based human rights group, ranked Belarus among the "10 most repressive media environments" in its annual survey released on May 1...

Lukashenka: One should not belittle Belarus' role in European processes

One should not belittle the role of Belarus in pan-European processes, said Alyaksandr Lukashenka in his annual address to the national legislature and the Belarusian nation...

Council of Europe ready to assess documents of Belarusian opposition's shadow cabinet

The Council of Europe is ready to give an assessment to papers drawn up by the National Committee of Pro-democracy Forces, a shadow cabinet established...

Lukashenka: Belarus will not become Russia's province

The head of state noted that Belarus was unmoved by threats of tougher economic conditions in the event of its refusal to join the Russian Federation...

Vika Maroz is not eligible for foreign adoption, official says

Vika Maroz is not eligible to foreign adoption, Natallya Paspelava, head of the National Adoption Center under the Belarusian education ministry, told reporters in Minsk...

Police official notes triple rise in drug users in Belarus in past decade

In 2006, there were 127 drug users per 100,000 population in the country against 250 in Russia and 280 in Ukraine, the official said...

OSCE media watchdog criticizes Belarus' Media Law

Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE's representative on freedom of the media, has criticized Belarus' Media Law in his report on print media registration practices...

Some 5,000 rally in central Minsk to mark anniversary of Belarusian National Republic

An estimated crowd of 5,000 gathered in front of the headquarters of the National Academy of Sciences on Minsk's...

Opposition activist Shatsikava forced into car in downtown Mahilyow, driven in unknown direction

The whereabouts of Krystsina Shatsikava was not known on Friday evening after the opposition activist was forced into what appeared...

Belarus should overcome isolation for dialogue with EU, German ambassador says

The German ambassador to Belarus, Martin Hecker, said that Minsk should overcome its isolation to engage in dialogue with the European Union...

EU extends travel, financial sanctions against Belarus' high-ranking officials by another year

The European Union (EU)'s Agriculture and Fisheries Council, at its March 19 meeting in Brussels, extended the bloc's travel and financial sanctions against several dozen Belarusian officials...

EU will insist on fulfillment of conditions set for Belarus, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's representative says

The EU will insist on the fulfillment of all conditions laid out in the bloc's new strategy toward Belarus unveiled late last year, Uta Zapf, head the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's ad hoc group on Belarus...

Belarusian government's human rights record remained very poor in 2006, US says

The authorities of denying their citizens the right to democratically change their government "by holding a fraudulent presidential election" in March...

Lukashenka, Dubai ruler discuss prospects for trade and economic cooperation

The Belarusian leader and the Dubai ruler reportedly exchanged opinions about the possibility of expanding cooperation in the trade, economic and investment spheres...

UN secretary general urged to bar Belarusian minister from New York conference

Belarusian opposition activists have petitioned UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to bar Interior Minister Uladzimir Navumaw from attending a UN conference on human trafficking in New York on March 5...