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Russia cuts gas supplies to Belarus over debt

MOSCOW - (APINTL) Russia on Monday started cutting most natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbor Belarus over what it claims is a debt of nearly $200 million, threatening to rekindle political disputes in the region over energy policy. President Dmitry Medvedev met early Monday with Alexei Miller...

Russia reopens Belarus gas tap but dispute goes on

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's gas monopoly said Thursday it has resumed supplies to Belarus after a payment dispute, but Belarus still threatened to stop sending gas on to other European countries unless Moscow settles its own debts. The dispute, which briefly caused a 40 percent drop in Russian gas...

Germany: Belarus blocks rights official's visit

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's human rights commissioner says Belarus has blocked his plans to visit the country and meet with a jailed human rights activist. Markus Loening said he also wanted to give authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko a letter from Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Belarus bars government critics from going abroad

MINSK Belarus (AP) - Belarus' authoritarian government has stepped up its crackdown on dissent by barring the regime's critics from foreign trips, some of those affected said Thursday. Zhanna Litvina, the head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, a media freedom watchdog, said authorities...

Belarus KGB summons Swedish teddy bear stunt team

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Belarus' top security agency the KGB has summoned a Swedish advertising team for questioning after the group air-dropped hundreds of parachute-wearing teddy bears that carried pro-human rights messages onto the Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)