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Belarus bans foreign travel for citizens, EU closes airspace to Belarusian flights

Most Belarusians, including many foreign residency permit holders, have been temporarily banned from going abroad, while new EU air space restrictions further narrow travel options to and from Belarus.

Belt and Road Initiative projects ramp up Nigeria’s favourable perception of China

The BRI initiative enjoys a favourable perception because Nigeria has an infrastructure deficit that China is correcting. This programme will endure for some time in Nigeria. 

How the lack of Brazilian correspondents in China affects perceptions of both countries

Journalists Marcelo Ninio and Talita Fernandes discuss Brazilian perspectives on China.

Greenpeace report highlights extent of European nations’ dumping of waste in Turkey

Packaging from UK retailers and used COVID-19 antigen test kits are among the items found in Turkish waste dumps.

Why Huawei was almost excluded from the 5G race in Brazil

Despite its two-decade history in Brazil, the Chinese tech giant's chance to compete for 5G development contracts was at one point vehemently opposed by the Bolsonaro government.

Greeks wage a court battle against Chinese-funded port that may poison the environment

Expansion of the Piraeus port will create a "subaquatic toxic landfill” at the expense of the area’s fragile ecosystems.

European Parliament calls for ‘immediate’ and ‘unconditional’ release of Armenian prisoners

On May 20, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Azerbaijani government to release all Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives.

Belarus grounds Ryanair flight, detains independent journalist amid regime's crackdown on media

Pratasevich was formerly an administrator of NEXTA-Live, the Telegram channel covering the anti-government protests in Belarus. He is currently editor-in-chief of Belarus Golovnogo Mozga, another independent media outlet.

‘Kakoli Furniture’ viral video spawns funny memes in Bangladesh and West Bengal

A low budget video advertisement containing a repetitive six-word sentence “Low price, good quality, Kakoli Furniture” has become an online sensation in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.

WATCH/LISTEN: What Eurovision tells us about Europe

Missed the live stream of the May 20 Global Voices Insights webinar on the Eurovision Song Contest? Here's a replay. 

Australian government ‘mute’ on more ambitious plan to address climate crisis

"Australia stands on its own as being particularly out of step. Alone among more than a hundred nations, Australia has no target for reaching net zero emissions"

Nepal appeals for international support amidst sweeping second COVID-19 wave

Nepal is devastated by the second wave of Coronavirus. The infection rate is rising sharply and the health infrastructure is crumbling, Nepal has asked for international support.

Bulgaria's COVID-hit farmers struggle under media negligence and insufficient state support

Having been left out of media's coverage and politicians' interest for decades, many farmers are left to fend for themselves, as aid packages offered by the state are limited.

LIVE on May 20: What Eurovision tells us about Europe

What does the Eurovision Song Contest say about the politics, self-image and values of Europe? Join us on May 20 to find out. Featuring interviews with two of this year's...

Taiwan, ‘the most dangerous place on Earth'? Not according to Taiwanese.

This week's cover story by the British magazine The Economist labeled Taiwan "the most dangerous place on Earth," eliciting a lot of reaction on Taiwanese Twitter.

As India grapples with COVID-19, Pakistan extends support, prayers

India's dire COVID-19 situation drew solidarity and support from Pakistan, its neighbour and longtime arch foe, as nations come closer together by the pandemic.

As legislative elections draw to a close, will the Congress Party reclaim Assam state from the BJP?

The Indian National Congress (INC) ruled Assam's legislative assembly from 1951 to 2016 when control switched to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A runaway judge’s disappearance could mar Ukraine-Moldova relationship

Ukrainian judge Mykola Chaus’ escape to Moldova and his subsequent disappearance demonstrate the risks that elite abuse of law enforcement and judicial powers for personal gain poses for regional security.

Chinese state media instrumental in smear campaign against wife of former US diplomat, research firm DoubleThink Lab says

According to the Taiwanese firm's research report, Chinese media amplified the mass trolling targetting popular food blogger Chuang Tzu-i amid a diplomatic row with the US.

Experts warn Turkey's ambitious Istanbul Kanal will result in environmental destruction—and open a geopolitical can of worms

A new link between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara will open a geopolitical pandora box—and poses serious environmental threats to its immediate surroundings.

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