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Alexander Lukashenko
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Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia's Irkutsk Oblast need to find reserves to step up mutual trade
“We reached a record high trade of $115 million in 2015. This year, however, we are witnessing a considerable decline. In order to rectify the situation we need to find reserves to step up our mutual trade,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

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Road safety assurance concept Kind Road Minsk does better than Rome and Vilnius but lags behind Stockholm and Berlin as far as road traffic safety is concerned.
Belarus-Azerbaijan: Trade and Economic Cooperation Belarus and Azerbaijan have been steadily developing economic cooperation over the past 10 years.
2016–17 Biathlon World Cup Mixed Relay (Single Mixed Relay and Mixed Relay) - 27 November Individual (women) - 30 November Individual (men) - 1 December Sprint (women, men) - 3 December Pursuit (women, men) - 4 December
Information Society 2016 Belarus has been ranked the highest on the ICT Development Index (IDI) among the post-Soviet countries in the 2016 edition of Measuring the Information Society Report of the International Telecommunication Union.

President

High hopes for Belarus-Poland active dialogue
In January-September 2016 Belarus attracted $174.5 million worth of Polish investment in its economy. Poland is among top ten countries investing in the Belarusian economy.

Politics

Belarus, Poland intend to establish close interregional ties
Our cultures are closely intertwined, and we are happy to see that Belarus treats our common history with respect. During this visit, there were a lot of sentimental moments. I am convinced that the border that exists between our two countries should not divide peoples, Stanislaw Karczewski said.
Delegation of Malaysian MPs to visit Belarus in mid December
The visit will strengthen Belarus' ties with the parliaments of the Southeast Asian countries and advance the cooperation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Boleslav Pirshtuk said.
Belarus-EU cooperation discussed in Brussels
The parties discussed the current positive dynamics in the relations between Belarus and the EU, the prospects for further development of cooperation in several areas, the Eastern Partnership initiative and the situation in the region.

Economy

Andrei Kobyakov Belarus PM calls for removal of barriers in trade with Russia
The share of the EEU countries, including Russia, in Belarus' total exports has increased from 39% to 46%. Meanwhile, the share of the European Union has shrunk.

Society

Natalya Kochanova Changes in presidential decree on preventing social dependency in Belarus by year end
The Deputy Prime Minister said: “Some innovations have been adopted and will be introduced as amendments into the decree. Municipal government agencies will be given the right to decide whether citizens suffering from unforeseen life situations should be exempted from this tax.”
Andrei Ravkov and Raimonds Bergmanis. Photo courtesy of Belarus' Defense Ministry Belarus, Latvia sign agreement on cooperation in defense sector
An agreement was signed at the end of the meeting between Defense Ministry of Belarus and the Latvian Ministry of Defense on cooperation in the defense sector.
Photo courtesy of Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs UN hosts Belarus-initiated roundtable session on human trafficking
Valentin Rybakov laid out Belarus' vision for the organization of the UNGA high-level meeting on the review of Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Sport

Dinamo Minsk lose 2-4 to Metallurg Magnitogorsk
HC Dinamo Minsk lost 2-4 to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, extending their losing streak to three games in the ongoing KHL regular season.

Culture

Belarus' Ambassador to France Pavel Latushko Ambassador: Art Capital expo will bring the cultures of Belarus and France together
Pavel Latushko stressed that Belarus and France enjoy centuries-long cultural ties.
An archive photo New Year fireworks in Minsk to begin at 01:30 on 1 January
“The New Year celebration program Happy New Year, Minsk! will begin near the Sport Palace at 23:00 to end at 04:00. Minsk residents and guests of the Belarusian capital will be invited to see New Year fireworks that will begin at 01:30 on 1 January,” said the official.
Minsk to host international festival of batleika theaters on 12-15 January
Twenty-one theater groups from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia, Lithuania and other countries will take part in the third international Christmas festival of batleika theaters in Minsk on 12-15 January.