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Rush-hour bomb explosion on Minsk metro leaves 11 dead

Eleven people were reported dead and 126 injured last night after an explosion at a metro station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Much about the blast was unclear yesterday evening, including who may have been behind it.

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Tory peer's PR firm lobbies as Lukashenko crushes dissent

A public relations firm headed by a prominent donor to the Tory party is leading a lobbying drive to encourage foreign companies to invest in Belarus as the country's dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, initiates a state-wide crackdown on pro-democracy activists.

Belarus dictator mocks plan to prosecute him

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, has hit out at plans by a group of British lawyers to sue him over his regime's ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners. The 56-year-old leader, often described as Europe's last dictator, said any attempt to pursue him through the courts had "zero prospects" and were a "cheap trick" by opposition politicians. He also attacked The Independent, which broke the news yesterday that H20 Law, a specialist human rights law firm, was planning to launch both a civil action and a private prosecution against him. In a statement published on Belarusian news sites, Pavel Legkiy, Mr Lukashenko's press officer, denounced the plan as "nothing more than a PR-action by these gentlemen lawyers. This is just a way to somehow draw attention to themselves by exploiting the popularity of the Belarusian leader and the seriousness of the political situation."