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[l] at 8/14/20 11:17pm
Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko faced mounting opposition on Friday (14 August) to his disputed re-election as factory workers joined popular protests and the European Union moved to impose new sanctions on his regime.

[Category: Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus, Belarus protests, police violence, Russia, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya]

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[l] at 8/14/20 10:46pm
Russia on Friday (14 August) announced the safe return of 32 of its citizens after Belarus detained them saying they were mercenaries sent to destabilise the country ahead of Sunday's presidential election.

[Category: Belarus, Belarus protests, covert action, Russia, Russian mercenaries]

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[l] at 8/14/20 1:05pm
EU foreign affairs ministers agreed on Friday (14 August) to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a new round of sanctions in response to strongman Alexander Lukashenko's post-election crackdown.

[Category: Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus elections, EU-Belarus, Greece, Sanctions, Turkey]

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[l] at 8/14/20 11:57am
French President Emmanuel Macron will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week at his Mediterranean holiday retreat to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the post-election protests in Belarus and growing tensions with Turkey, the presidency said Friday (14 August).

[Category: Belarus, Brexit, France, Franco-German relations, Germany, Turkey]

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[l] at 8/14/20 8:22am
Greece has been lucky – 17 migrants, all from Somalia, are safely isolated at Kara Tepe camp in the island of Lesbos, a show-case reception centre on the island. But at the overcrowded Moria camp on the same island the...

[Category: coronavirus, Greece, hotspots, refugee crisis, relocation, Somalia]

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[l] at 8/14/20 5:29am
European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen joined on Friday (14 August) a growing chorus calling for sanctions on Belarus where security forces cracked down on protests against strongman Alexander Lukashenko claiming victory in a disputed election.
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[l] at 8/14/20 4:43am
The national audience was expecting his resignation. But veteran Prime Minister Boyko Borissov made a televised address on Friday (14 August) in which he proposed a change of constitution – a move seen as an obvious attempt to buy time....

[Category: Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Bulgarian elections, corruption, EPP, European Parliament]

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[l] at 8/14/20 2:43am
DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October to root out the armed groups that infest the east of the vast country. Today, the much-trumpeted campaign seems to have made only meagre gains

[Category: armed groups, Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, human rights, militias]

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[l] at 8/14/20 12:40am
The European Union said Thursday (13 August) it had reserved up to 400 million doses of a potential new coronavirus vaccine being developed by US giant Johnson & Johnson.

[Category: coronavirus, coronavirus vaccine, United States]

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[l] at 8/14/20 12:28am
Hungary's six largest opposition parties pledged Thursday (13 August) to form an unprecedented wide-ranging alliance to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the next general election in 2022.

[Category: hungarian elections, Hungarian opposition, Hungary, illiberal democracy, Viktor Orbán]

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[l] at 8/14/20 12:17am
Tens of thousands of Belarusians staged a wave of peaceful protests on Thursday (13 August) against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and an ensuing brutal police crackdown.

[Category: authoritarian regime, Belarus, Belarus elections, Democracy, protests]

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[l] at 8/14/20 12:05am
Cyprus marks 60 years since independence from Britain without fanfare on Sunday (16 August), as the small island remains divided and home to foreign bases and a UN peacekeeping force.

[Category: Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, United Kingdom]

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[l] at 8/13/20 11:53pm
Britain's decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France will lead to a reciprocal measure, French junior minister for European affairs Clément Beaune said late on Thursday (13 August).

[Category: coronavirus, France, travel restrictions, United Kingdom]

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[l] at 8/13/20 11:41pm
The US National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have exposed a sophisticated Russian hacking tool, they said on Thursday (13 August) in a rare public report offering new insight on Russia’s arsenal of digital weapons.

[Category: cyber espionage, FBI, hackers, Russia, United States]

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[l] at 8/13/20 11:30pm
Some corals have lived for centuries at the fringes of Mauritius. Now smothered for days in heavy fuel oil spilled from a wrecked Japanese tanker nearby, parts of those reefs may be in trouble.

[Category: ecological disaster, Mauritius]

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[l] at 8/13/20 11:13pm
Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday (13 August) that they will normalise diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics.

[Category: Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Iran, Israel, Middle East conflict, Palestinians, United Arab Emirates]

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[l] at 8/13/20 8:50am
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that by signing a 5G declaration on Thursday (14 August) Slovenia has secured protection against "authoritarian threats" including China's effort "to control people and information."

[Category: 5G, China, Mike Pompeo, Slovenia, United States]

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[l] at 8/13/20 6:34am
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appealed for unity in a televised address to the nation on Thursday (13 August) amid almost daily student-led anti-government protests since mid-July.

[Category: human rights, military junta, monarchy, Thailand]

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[l] at 8/13/20 6:18am
Belarusian authorities on Thursday (13 August) began releasing some of the thousands of people detained in a crackdown by strongman President Alexander Lukashenko that has prompted the European Union to consider imposing sanctions.

[Category: authoritarian regime, Belarus, EU sanctions, police violence]

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[l] at 8/13/20 2:59am
A sharp escalation in tensions with the United States has stoked fears in China of a deepening financial war that could result in it being shut out of the global dollar system.

[Category: China, Cold War, Dollar, Donald Trump, SWIFT, TikTok, United States, US sanctions, yuan]

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[l] at 8/13/20 1:30am
Taiwan unveiled a T$42.1 billion ($1.4 billion) increase for next year’s planned defence spending on Thursday (13 August), as China announced details of its latest combat drills near the democratic island.

[Category: China, military escalation, Taiwan, United States]

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