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Belarus: Country in Eastern Europe
Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, formerly known by its Russian name Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk. Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi) is forested. Its major economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing. Until the 20th century, different states at various times controlled the lands of modern-day Belarus, including the Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Russian Empire.


Belarusian farmer turns old banger into horse-drawn carriage [Video]

Belarusian farmer turns old banger into horse-drawn carriage

When a Belarus farmer Aleskey Usikov drives his makeshift carriage across the field, he attracts a lot of attention - and that's because he rides a hybrid carriage made of a car and pulled by the..

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Belarus: Hundreds protest in Minsk against President Lukashenko [Video]

Belarus: Hundreds protest in Minsk against President Lukashenko

Demonstrators wore facemasks in defiance and carried slippers, joining opposition activists' calls to "smash the cockroach".View on euronews

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Roman Golovchenko on Thursday as prime minister, the Belta news agency reported.
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The European Union on Monday extended until Feb. 28, 2021, an arms embargo on Belarus and an asset freeze against four nationals from the ex-Soviet republic, according to a statement.
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The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries - Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania - to its travel ban list, U.S. media reports said on Tuesday.
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