Tue, May 21 2013
Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko
The executions are likely to further strain relations between the former Soviet republic and the European Union.
EU move follows Belarusian government's order to Polish, EU ambassadors to leave country.
Concern at a pattern of rights violations involving freedom of speech and assembly and 'serious allegations' of torture after last year’s elections.
EU retains tough line on Lukashenko regime after Bulgaria works with bloc’s foreign policy chief on diplomatic initiative.
Russian and Polish leaders float separate plans to end the Lukashenko regime.
Earlier this month, financial police in Minsk arrested human rights activist Ales Belyatsky and charged him with tax evasion.
Today, modern Greeks sing a national anthem called Hymn to Liberty. Belarus has a very different brand.
World leaders acknowledged Putin's victory with reservations, and international observers say the election was skewed in the former president's favour.
Hollande's call for more spending and economic growth has struck a chord with French voters.
Gallup International Association poll gives president Sarkisian’s party 44 per cent, while three main challengers alleged ‘machinations’ by ruling party in what – in contrast to 2008 – reportedly was a largely peaceful election.
The Freedom House report says the media environment in the Middle East and North Africa underwent major improvements in 2011, but remained the worst-performing part of the world.
Dissatisfaction with jobs is a global phenomenon and two-thirds of workers all over the world intend to look for another job in the near future, the survey concluded.