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No people, no problem for reclusive forest dwellers in Belarus

YUKHOVICHI, Belarus: Tamara and Yuri Baikov knew it was time to move away from their village when one of their ducks wandered into a neighbour’s plot of land, only to return with a wire deliberately threaded through its beak. Since then, the husband and wife have lived for more than a quarter of a century in a primitive hut in a forest in northeastern Belarus, close to the Russian border. “There are no people - there is no conflict,” said Tamara Baikov, who says she loves weeding her vegetable patch and would rather…

Belarus adopts crypto-currency law to attract foreign investors

MINSK: Belarus has legalised transactions in crypto-currencies, part of a drive to foster private sector growth and attract foreign investment by liberalising parts of its Soviet-style economy. President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree on the move on Thursday, his press service said. Bitcoin, the world's most popular crypto-currency, has lost a third of its value since hitting a record high of close to $20,000 (14.952) on Sunday, but its supporters dismiss warnings over volatility and say it is the start of a new…

Belarussian student wins inaugural Miss Wheelchair World pageant

WARSAW: In her elegant evening dress and perfectly styled hair and make-up, Maria Diaz looks like any beauty pageant contestant -- except for the wheelchair she has been confined to since being shot by a stranger ten years ago. Maria is one of 24 young women who gathered in Warsaw on Saturday to compete for the first-ever title of Miss Wheelchair World. "It doesn't matter who wins the crown. We are all winners," said the 28-year-old from Chile, who is a professional wheelchair tennis player. "It's our first…