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Migrants and asylum-seekers in eastern Poland say they have been illegally pushed back to neighboring Belarus multiple times without due asylum process. DW reports on the humanitarian crisis from the border region.
Warsaw has accused Minsk of an "organized storming" of its borders after four people, apparently refugees, were found dead. Poland is sending 500 additional troops to the region.
President Lukashenko claimed that hundreds of people had been arrested. Rights groups spoke of roughly 100 arrests. The move came after a shootout that left an IT contractor and a KGB agent dead on Tuesday.
Pressured to leave the country, she defiantly stayed and was convicted. Maria Kolesnikova, even behind bars, remains a leading figure of the Belarusian opposition. Now, she has been honored with a top award for her work.
The annual human rights prize was awarded to Belarusian Maria Kolesnikova at a ceremony in Strasbourg. The jailed protest leader was represented by her sister who accepted the award.
Four were found dead on the Poland-Belarus border, three Iraqi men in Poland and one Iraqi woman in Belarus. The Polish prime minister spoke of "dramatic events and Belarusian provocations."
Ten countries will participate in strategic military exercises in Russia and Belarus. Neighboring countries have announced similar exercises. Observers say there is a return to a familiar Cold War routine.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko is forging closer ties with Russia. Isolated by the West, Lukashenko has agreed to a road map for closer integration that stops short of political union — for now at least.
Belarusian state news showed President Alexander Lukashenko in fatigues inspecting joint military exercises with Russia. The arms deal with Moscow could include the state-of-the-art S-400 missile system.
Belarusian opposition figures Maria Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak have been handed long prison terms by a Minsk court. Reactions from Germany and the EU have been unequivocal.
The IIHF said the ban was due to politically motivated discrimination by Dmitry Baskov against players, and his support for the country's authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko.
Dozens of Iraqi Kurds and Afghans have sought the help of the European Court of Human Rights over asylum claims. The EU has blamed Belarus for the recent build up of migrants on its border.