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Ex-Inmate Charged With Sending Poison To California Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Eastern European man who authorities say sent a Christmas card to the Unabomber has been indicted on charges of mailing packages of a potentially deadly poison to a California state prison, officials said Friday. A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Vladislav Victorvic Timoshchuk on charges of mailing two envelopes containing ricin to Pelican Bay State Prison in July. One was addressed to the warden and came with note warning in all capital letters that it ...
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The 21 most influential digital creators based in New York who rule Instagram, YouTube, and other social-media platforms

Business Insider is recognizing the leading digital stars who live and create content around the Greater New York City area. We are highlighting these 21 top creators based on audience size, creativity, and their impact on the influencer business as a whole. These New York-based creators run successful digital businesses across platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Los Angeles often takes center stage when it comes to the influencer world. Headli...
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Why Cococo chef cooks Soviet cuisine

One of Russia’s most Instagrammed desserts may remind you of Nicolas Cage on the cover of Adaptation: a broken flower pot, clay splinters, strewn soil, and a crumpled blossom, all clumped together. It’s called “My mother’s favorite flower,” and is made with halva mousse and pepper ice-cream filling, chocolate-brownie earth, a bellflower, and a sprig of mint served atop a real piece of parquet floor. “I remember sitting by the window on long winter evenings, gazing through the frost-patterned ...
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AccuWeather's 2020 Europe spring forecast

The wait is over. AccuWeather's annual spring outlook for Europe is here. The widespread lack of cold air across Europe this winter will continue into the spring, as much of the continent faces above-normal warmth.Severe weather, building drought and periods of stormy weather will also be in the cards for many countries from March through May.Windstorms are not expected to be a major concern as the storm track shifts farther north, with only glancing blows for Ireland and northern parts of t...
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Belarus: Significant Amendments To Immigration And Labor Laws - Fragomen

Significant amendments to Belarus' immigration laws will take effect July 1, 2020, including changes to temporary stay registration deadlines;
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Belarus leader says Russia insists on merging the two states

The president of Belarus said Friday that Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. As negotiations on closer ties stalled, Russia halted oil supplies to Belarus and Lukashenko repeatedly accused the Kremlin of pushing for a merger of the two countries.
Tags: News, Russia, Belarus, Kremlin, Lukashenko


World's most instagrammed forests

About a third of the world’s landmass is covered in forest. And in addition to providing important stuff like the oxygen we breathe and habitats for wild animals, they also make for some downright jaw-dropping photographs. From the towering redwoods of California to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the trees covering our planet can be our most beautiful sites when captured correctly. We took a look at Taxi2airport.com’s study of the 15 most-Instagrammed forests in the world and found some of ...
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Putin Squeezes Belarus Strongman in Bid to Skirt Term Limits

(Bloomberg) -- Vladimir Putin’s surprise firing of Russia’s government and unveiling of constitutional changes that would weaken the presidency may only be Plan B for retaining power after his final term ends in 2024.In the month before Putin’s Jan. 15 announcement, he’d pushed hard to convince his longer-serving counterpart in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to revive a moribund agreement to create a superstate between the neighboring former Soviet republics, two Kremlin officials said.So far, P...
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Putin Squeezes Belarus Strongman in Drive to Skirt Term Limits

(Bloomberg) -- Vladimir Putin’s surprise firing of Russia’s government and unveiling of constitutional changes that would weaken the presidency may only be Plan B for retaining power after his final term ends in 2024.In the month before Putin’s Jan. 15 announcement, he’d pushed hard to convince his longer-serving counterpart in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to revive a moribund agreement to create a superstate between the neighboring former Soviet republics, two Kremlin officials said.So far, P...
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Kazakhstan: The Buzz In Belarus - GRATA International

Maxim Lashkevich is a Partner and Head of Construction and Real estate team with many years (more than 16) of experience.
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Belarus and Russia claw out Fed Cup victories

Aryna Sabalenka's day of wild extremes ended with Belarus clawing their way into the Fed Cup final while Naomi Osaka's participation ended more tamely when she was benched as Japan lost. Belarus beat the Netherlands 3-2 in the Hague. Russia was also forced to go the distance as they beat Romania 3-2 in Cluj-Napoca.
Tags: Japan, News, Russia, Tennis, Netherlands, Romania, Belarus, Fed, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka, Hague Russia


How Izzy Demsky became Kirk Douglas: the ultimate Hollywood makeover

The scrawny son of Jewish immigrants transformed himself into an icon of US manhood – a narrative the nation is forgetting in the Trump era. Yet a darker side lurked tooHandsome, muscular, noble – not words that would automatically have been associated with a Yiddish-speaking schmutter-seller’s son whose family were not long off the boat from what is now Belarus. But we know better: in these nativist times, it is worth remembering that Izzy Demsky was the beneficiary of the ultimate Hollywood ma...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, US, Film Industry, Culture, Belarus, Dustin Hoffman, Douglas, Trump, Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Bernie Schwartz, Izzy Demsky, Manny Goldenberg, Edward G Robinson Douglas


Belarus leader bemoans Russia's halt on oil supplies

The leader of Belarus complained Thursday about Russia's halt on oil supplies ahead of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss closer economic ties between the two countries. Russia last month only supplied 25% of the oil it promised Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko said at a Cabinet meeting.
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Appreciation: Kirk Douglas was a Hollywood light who never seemed to fear the darkness

Flowers rest on Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Douglas passed away at the age of 103-years old, Wednesday February, 5, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Tour guide Gregg Donovan moves flowers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas who passed away at the age of 103-years old Wednesday February, 5, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in se...
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How to say ‘I love you’ in 68 countries

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if there is one thing you need to be prepared for on February 14, it is to say “I love you.” Whether your special someone does not speak the same language as you do, and you want to make sure you get your point across, or you simply want to impress your beloved on this romantic day by giving them a world tour of this beautiful sentiment, here is how to say “I love you” in 70 languages. Africa Ethiopia: In Ethiopia, you would say, ewedihale lehu (...
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Russia, Belarus leaders meet on Friday as oil row rolls on

The presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, will meet on Friday, the Kremlin said, as the oil row between the two rolls into a second month, forcing Minsk to look for crude from as far afield as the United States.
Tags: Money, Vladimir Putin, Russia, businessNews, Belarus, Kremlin, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Russia Belarus


Pompeo offers Belarus oil in rare visit

He is the first US secretary of state to visit the country for a quarter of a century.
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Pompeo Meets Longtime Leader Of Belarus

While Russia eyes a union with the former Soviet Republic of Belarus, the U.S. secretary of state makes a rare visit to Minsk.
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Secretary of State Pompeo Says U.S. Can Supply Belarus With Oil and Gas After Russia Cut Off Supplies

(MINSK, Belarus) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that the United States is willing and able to provide Belarus with 100% of its oil and gas, taking a slap at Russia which recently cut off supplies. Pompeo is the first secretary of state to visit Belarus in 26 years and arrived in Minsk amid new tensions between Minsk and Moscow over energy. In a meeting with authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, Pompeo said he hoped to help provide an opportunity for Belarus to a...
Tags: Europe, News, Vladimir Putin, White House, China, Russia, Uncategorized, United States, United Arab Emirates, Moscow, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kremlin, Trump




Books to look forward to in 2020

Whether you’ve got big plans to travel the world in 2020 or intend to stay put, you’ll need a few good books to keep you company. All those hours waiting in airports, riding on trains, or spent tanning on beach loungers are always more satisfying and entertaining when filled with the written words. And if you happen to be home, but wish you could be elsewhere, the pages of a novel will provide the escapism you’re longing for. For those purposes (and more) we have selected 20 books being publi...
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Trump Administration Adds Six Countries to Travel Ban

President Trump added Africa’s biggest country, Nigeria, as well as Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania, to his restricted travel list.
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Trump Administration Adds Six More Countries to Travel Ban

President Trump adds Africa’s biggest country, Nigeria, as well as Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania, to his restricted travel list.
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Trump Administration Curbs Immigration for Additional 6 Countries in Election-Year Push to Restrict Visas

(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration. Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will face new restrictions in obtaining certain visas to come to the United States. But it is not a total travel ban, unlike President Donald Trump’s earlier effo...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, Mexico, White House, Nigeria, Uncategorized, Syria, United States, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Muslim, Belarus, Homeland Security, Tanzania, State Department


Can Americans travel to Cuba? I did in 2020. Here’s what happened.

I’m nervous in the waiting line at Cuban immigration, but I know I shouldn’t be. I did everything right. Still, this is Cuba. I’m visiting Cuba as an American. Can Americans travel to Cuba? Yeah, we can. This country has been off-limits to us since 1959 — though that hasn’t stopped lots of Americans from visiting Cuba both legally and quasi-legally. The agent calls me forward. I hand him my navy blue passport and half-smile, half-cringe. Yes, I’m here, and I’m American, and I’m sorry our ...
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Backpacking Around Eastern Europe – Things You Should Know

Backpacking is one of the most popular forms of adventurous travel these days. In addition to providing you with the thrill of adventure, backpacking gives you an opportunity to see the world and enjoy the marvels of nature. Additionally, it’s a physical activity that improves your physical, mental, and emotional health while allowing you to become more open-minded. We can go on and on about the incredible benefits of backpacking, but one thing is for sure… your overall backpacking experience h...
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“You shall never be a bystander.” How We Learn About the Holocaust When the Last Survivors Are Gone

On the morning of January 27th, 1945, the first Red Army soldier walked into Auschwitz death camp, and the 7,500 remaining prisoners knew they were finally free. More than 1.1 million people died in the camp, and those who survived are now facing a new struggle – the fight over remembrance. January 27th is not just the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is also the last major Holocaust anniversary where survivors may be alive to tell their stories. When the last survivor wi...
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#LocalCorrespondent Opinion / “It is important for CSOs not to turn into sects.” Are Belarusians ready to take part in the activities of CSOs and civic initiatives?

by Valeria Volkogonova, Local Correspondent from Belarus and Alexandra Savinich (Office for European Expertise and Communications). Why is it better to engage eco-activists in the Belarusian countryside? We discussed these and other issues with Mikhail Doroshevich, the Executive Director of Baltic Internet Policy Initiative. In June-October, 2019, the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative and the Office for European Expertise and Communications conducted a survey of Belarusian Internet audience “Ci...
Tags: Ecommerce, Eu, European Union, Belarus, E-activism, Minsk, Mikhail, Civil Society Organizations, Valeria Volkogonova, Mikhail Doroshevich, Office for European Expertise and Communications, Alexandra Savinich


A quarter of Belarusians rely on Russian media for news, new study says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia One Belarusian in four has not read the Belarusian media during the last month but instead relies on Russian media often delivered via the Internet, according to Mikhail Doroshevich, the director of the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative, on the basis of a new survey. This group watches NTV on the Internet, goes to Russian portals like Lenta.ru, and communicates with each other via Russian social media, the media expert says (svaboda.org/a/30309171.html and thinkt...
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How Do We Remember Victims of Mass Murder? A Holocaust Survivor’s Daughter on How She Honors Her Family

How to remember victims of mass murder who have no graves? For families whose members have survived genocide or other forms of mass murder, remembrance is private and visceral. They often have no body to bury or cremate. As a child, I was fascinated by funerary objects: Egyptian mummies and their grave gods, memorial candles in temples, churches, and home shrines, old tombstones in small-town American cemeteries. No one in my immediate family has a tombstone, though several generations of m...
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