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Protests in Belarus after Lukashenko challengers barred

Protests have erupted in Belarus, with hundreds rallying against the barring of two leading opposition candidates in next month's presidential election, the BBC reports. Belarus's electoral commission rejected the applications of president Alexander Lukashenko's main rivals, Valery Tsepkalo and Viktor Babaryko. In power since 1994, Lukashenko is now virtually assured to win the poll. "We are categorically for honest and fair elections," one protester in the capital told Reuters.

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Minsk violence prompts talk of EU sanctions

Images of bloody injuries after police attacked protesters with batons and stun grenades marked Belarus' latest sham election, posing questions on EU sanctions.

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Schrems privacy ruling risks EU's ties to digital world

With more and more trade moving to the digital realm, Europe can ill-afford to cut itself off. Meanwhile, China continues to advance a vision for an internet that is fractured along national boundaries and controlled by governments.

EU wary of violence in Belarus election

EU states have voiced fear of violence during Belarus elections on Sunday, as president Aleksander Lukashenko seeks to maintain his third decade in power.

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