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The prospect of a trade war between Russia and one of its neighbours loomed larger yesterday after Belarus ratcheted up the rhetoric against the Kremlin and hinted at further arrests of executives working for Russia's biggest fertiliser company.

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My first tennis competitor was my brother He's two years older than me, and as he was always that bit better, I would lose, and sulk for the rest of the day. It's the reason I kept playing – I needed to beat him. I was 11 when I started winning, and it was worth the wait. I was just more competitive and took training more seriously than he did. Now that he doesn't play tennis any more we have a much better relationship.

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Bears fall from the sky as part of the PR stunt

Belarusian border guard sentenced for prison 'teddy bear drop'

On the face of it an air drop of hundreds of teddy bears does not seem like the most serious breach of national security, but that has not stopped a Belarusian border guard being sentenced to two years in prison in a maximum security prison for failing to report the 'invasion'.

Captive Belarusian journalist Irina Khalip allowed to visit husband in Britain

Wife of exiled presidential candidate hopes to visit UK next month

Southern Korean activist’s balloon drop into the North last week

South Korean activist makes amateur air drop into North via helium balloons

It is a strange sort of activism – falling, as it does, like the rain from heaven. But a Southern Korean activist's balloon drop into the North last week was no less effective for that. Social groups and Christian activists buddied up to try to get some hard-to-come-by essentials over the border, and into the hermetically sealed north. The only way to do it? Attach sanitary towels, toothpaste, socks and condoms to helium balloons – and wait for a fair wind. They seem to have been fairly successful, too, and Pyongyang hasn't issued its threat of last month, after a leaflet drop, to respond "mercilessly".

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International round-up: Ukraine draw a blank to lift England

Ukraine managed to produce just three shots on target as they drew 0-0 away to Moldova in the other game in England's Group H.

Aliaksandr Barankov poses in his Belarus military uniform

Ecuador could send dissident back to Belarus

Like Julian Assange, Barankov was granted asylum, but now faces return to death penalty

Belarus opposition politician Andrei Sannikov freed from jail

After more than a year in jail, opposition politician Andrei Sannikov was freed over the weekend, after he was granted a pardon by Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus.

Belarus bomber who allegedly killed 15 executed according to mother

One of two men who allegedly carried out a subway bombing attack in Belarus that killed 15 people and wounded hundreds more has been executed, his mother said today.

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Belarus dissidents ask Britain to increase pressure on Lukashenko regime

Belarusian opposition politicians have made a remarkable plea for Britain to ratchet up pressure on the regime of dictator Alexander Lukashenko following a highly unusual meeting at the Foreign Office.

Barcelona's Martin Montoya scores against BATE Borisov on Tuesday

Guardiola praises his brilliant 'Baby Barça'

The Barcelona youngsters given a chance to shine in Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League Group H win over BATE Borisov turned in an "impeccable" performance, according to delighted coach Pep Guardiola.

Vladislav Kovalyov, left, and Dmitry Konovalov, in the defendants’ cage during their trial in Minsk

Europe's last executioner condemns two more to a bullet in the back of the head

Their trial for a subway bombing in Belarus raised as many questions as answers. But, amid claims of false confessions and to cries of disgust, two friends have been sentenced to death

Belarus sentences two to death for metro bombing

A court in Belarus sentenced two men to death today for carrying out a bomb attack at a metro station in central Minsk which killed 15 people and wounded scores of others.

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