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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)