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‘Ig Nobel Awards’ highlight the best in weird science

The tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel awards were handed to dozens of scientists, including those who confirmed drunk people think they are more attractive and studied the onion enzyme that makes us cry. The Nobel prize spoof honors achievements “that first make people laugh and then make them think,” according to a…

‘Better a dictator than gay’: Belarus leader

MINSK — The mercurial Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko lashed out Sunday at recent sanctions imposed by Europe over his rights record by saying he would rather be branded a dictator than be gay. Lukashenko said in impromptu remarks at a mass ski event that the foreign ministers of Poland and…

Ex-Soviet states take first step to ‘Eurasian Union’

Three ex-Soviet states were Friday to agree the first steps towards creating a Eurasian economic union, a project backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to bind closer the former USSR. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Kazakhstan and Belarus counterparts Nursultan Nazarbayev and Alexander Lukashenko were to sign a declaration on further economic integration at a summit in Moscow, the Kremlin…

Belarus criticizes new U.S. economic sanctions

The United States imposed sanctions last Thursday against four firms owned or controlled by a company linked to President Alexander Lukashenko in response to his government’s crackdown on the political opposition. “I believe that this is an act of aggression against the Belarussian people, a blow to the Belarussian economy, especially sectors which are…

Belarus moves to ban ‘silent’ protests

MINSK — The opposition in Belarus on Monday criticised a parliamentary bill that would give Alexander Lukashenko’s regime the legal right to crack down on protesters engaging publicly in “non-actions”. The bill — submitted by top ministers to the lower house of parliament last week — proposes a ban on…

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