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Belarus faces sanctions after arrest of Belarusian journalist

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European nations and countries around the world are calling for action after Belarusian activist Roman Protasevich was arrested onboard a Ryanair flight yesterday.

The EU has agreed to ban Belorussian airlines from European skies and also promised further economic sanctions.

UN rights office is calling for Belarus to immediately release journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend held after forced plane landing.

The diversion of the plane which was travelling from Greece to Lithuania is being called “state-sanctioned hijacking”.

26-year-old Protasevich was “super scared on his detention” and reportedly told other passengers onboard the aircraft that he would be sentenced to death.

Opposition blogger and activist Roman Protasevich / Image: REUTERS

International pressure is mounting on Belarus – with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel labelling the incident as “an international scandal”.

The EU is preparing to meet to discuss possible sanctions for Belarus officials, including the country’s President Alexander Lukashenko.

Numerous countries have moved to avoid Belarus airspace following the incident.

Ryanair boss, Michael O’Leary says it was clear that the intent of the Belarusian authorities was to remove the journalist and his travelling companion.”

Ryanair flight ordered to land by authorities. Image / AP

The airline boss also believes some KGB agents were offloaded from the aircraft as well.

It comes as a video was released by authorities of Protasevich himself speaking about his capture.

In the footage, a battered and bruised Protasevich says he confesses to his charges and is cooperating with the investigation.

Lithuania’s Prime Minister says ‘It is an unprecedented attack against an international community”.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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