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Italy equal European unbeaten record in draw with Bulgaria

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FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Italy made it 35 games unbeaten to equal the European record run set by Spain but were ultimately disappointed as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Bulgaria in their World Cup Group C qualifier on Thursday. In their first match since......

Poland to build fence, double troop numbers on Belarus border

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Polish border patrol officers guard a group of migrants who attempted to cross the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland August 18, 2021. Grzegorz Dabrowski/Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERS USNARZ GORNY, Poland, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Poland will build a fence along its border with Belarus......

Sherman stresses U.S. support for Lithuania against ‘coercive’ China

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is seen during her visit to the Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey May 29, 2021. Ozan Kose/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke with Lithuania’s foreign minister on Friday and reiterated U.S. support for......

Latvia and Lithuania move to stop migrants coming via Belarus

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Lithuanian army soldiers install razor wire on the border with Belarus in Druskininkai, Lithuania July 9, 2021. REUTERS/Janis Laizans/File Photo VILNIUS, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Latvia and Lithuania took steps on Tuesday to protect their borders from migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia they say Belarus is encouraging......

Rowing-Russia withdraws quadruple sculls team, Lithuania to get spot

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July 18 (Reuters) – The Russian Rowing Federation (RRF) withdrew its men’s quadruple sculls team from the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, saying the level of skills of two potential substitutes in the crew did not meet Games standards. The sport’s global governing body World Rowing said in a statement it......

Lithuanian parliament votes to allow mass detention of asylum seekers

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New law also restricts migrants’ right to appeal Belarus accused of using migrants as weapon to pressure EU But Lithuanian response flouts humanitarian law -critics EU imposed sanctions on Belarus over repression of dissent VILNIUS, July 13 (Reuters) – Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday approved the mass detention of migrants and......

U.S. “concerned” by flow of migrants from Belarus to Lithuania

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VILNIUS, July 11 (Reuters) – The United States is concerned about the flow of Middle Eastern and African migrants from Belarus into Lithuania, a U.S. diplomat said. Lithuania began building a 550-km (320-mile) razor wire barrier on its border with Belarus on Friday after accusing Belarusian authorities of flying in......

Lithuania toughens Belarus border with razor wire to bar migrants

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Lithuanian border guards detain migrants on Lithuania-Belarus border in Kalviai, Lithuania, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Janis Laizans VILNIUS, July 9 (Reuters) – Lithuania began building a 550-km (320-mile) razor wire barrier on its border with Belarus on Friday after accusing Belarusian authorities of flying in migrants from abroad to send illegally......

Spanish PM’s news conference in Lithuania halted for jet take-off

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visits NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group troops in Adazi military base, Latvia July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins VILNIUS, July 8 (Reuters) – A news conference of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda at a Lithuanian air base was interrupted on......

Lithuania says Belarus is flying in migrants, plans border barrier

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KALVIAI, Lithuania, July 7 (Reuters) – Lithuania on Wednesday accused Belarus of flying in migrants from abroad to send to the European Union and said it would build a barrier on the border and deploy troops to prevent them crossing illegally into its territory. Belarus decided to allow migrants to......

Czechs join trio in clinching Olympic berths

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Czech Republic maul Greece to qualify Italy stun 2016 runners-up Serbia Slovenia to make Olympic debut BELGRADE, July 4 (Reuters) – The Czech Republic became the last team to seal a berth in the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball tournament after blowing away Greece 97-72 in the final of their qualifying......

Belarus moves opposition blogger and girlfriend to house arrest

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Jailed Belarus journalist Roman Protasevich takes part in a press conference about the forced landing of the Ryanair passenger plane on which he was travelling, in Minsk, Belarus June 14, 2021. Ramil Nasibulin/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW, June 25 (Reuters) – An opposition blogger who was arrested after his flight was......

At NATO, Lithuania says Russia trying to “swallow” Belarus

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Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda arrives for the NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS Lithuania told a summit of NATO leaders on Monday that Russia was trying to “swallow” Belarus and that the Western military alliance needed to be united in......

Belarusian prisoner tries to cut own throat in court hearing -local media

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A Belarusian prisoner detained in a crackdown last year tried to cut his own throat during a court hearing in Minsk on Tuesday after being told his family and neighbours faced prosecution if he did not plead guilty, Belarusian media reported. Footage by Radio Svaboda showed Stepan Latypov lying on......

Airlines re-route to avoid Belarus, opposition says journalist tortured

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Airlines re-routed flights to avoid Belarus’s airspace on Tuesday and Belarusian planes faced a possible ban from Europe, as international outrage mounted over Minsk forcing down a jetliner and arresting a dissident journalist on board. A video released overnight showed 26-year-old Roman Protasevich – who was pulled off the Ryanair......

Belarus forces Vilnius-bound Ryanair plane to land to detain blogger

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered a Ryanair flight carrying a key opposition blogger and headed for Lithuania to land in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday and detained him on arrival, officials and rights activists said. Law enforcers detained activist Roman Protasevich, put on a wanted list after last year’s......

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