May 2021

A Belarusian dog handler checks luggage from a Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS (flight number FR4978) parked on Minsk International Airport's apron in Minsk, on May 23, 2021. Photo: Onliner.by / AFP
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Belarus plane diversion raises legal questions

Governments were quick to denounce the diversion of a Ryanair plane by Belarus as an act of "terrorism" and "state-sponsored piracy" -- but will the country face legal consequences?
A Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair passenger plane (flight FR4978, SP-RSM) from Athens that was diverted to Minsk by Belarus authorities, pictured after landing at Vilnius International Airport, its initial destination, on May 23, 2021. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
A Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair passenger plane... […]

Airlines avoid Belarus: What’s the impact?

Global airlines are avoiding the airspace of Belarus after the country diverted a Ryanair jet and arrested a dissident journalist on board - this is how it is affecting the aviation sector
European Council chief Charles Michel said the bloc was ready to discuss a US offer to suspend patent protection on vaccines -- once the details are clear. Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP
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EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents

Europe has passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over Covid vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs
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