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Thursday 30 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Eastern Europe

This year
Poland and Baltic states warn Belarus they will close border if provoked
The interior ministers of the countries issued a statement warning against any kind of military incident or push of migrants.
All time
Eastern European countries impose new coronavirus restrictions
The mandatory use of face masks and travel bans or quarantines are among the measures being introduced.
Revealed: The human trafficking heroin gang behind an acid attack on a drugs garda
Gardaí have been investigating this gang for a number of years.
FactCheck: National Party leader Justin Barrett's claims about immigration
The National Party leader made a series of claims about immigration on the Last Word this week. We checked them out.
Couples suspected of entering sham marriages in Ireland will be investigated
The Registrar will now be able to investigate couples and report them to immigration services.
Some of the most ridiculous Soviet-era buildings are still standing
They REALLY like UFOs.
Here's what people around the globe eat on Easter
And not an Easter egg in sight…
Irish people have less extra cash than our European neighbours
New figures from Eurostat show Irish households to have 6% less material wealth than the European average.
Nude celebrity photos might not be to blame for New Zealand internet crash
The company involved now suspects a cyber attack may have taken place.
Nato agrees to set up rapid reaction "spearhead' force to ward off Russia
“This decision sends a clear message — Nato protects all allies, at all times.”
Polls from across Europe show a rise in left-leaning parties
However, in some countries, turnout is at levels that would be considered abysmal here.
Vladimir Putin has begun the process of taking Crimea into the Russian Federation
An agreement is still to be signed but the UK has already said Russia has taken is ‘paving the way for the annexation of part of Ukraine’.
Polish Minister criticises David Cameron over immigrant comments
The British Prime Minister had said that existing benefit rules for EU workers from eastern Europe were a “monumental mistake” – but Poland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs disagrees.
Transnistria, the unofficial country that missed the collapse of the Soviet Union
It’s a near fully-functioning state between Ukraine and Moldova, with its own army and parliament.
Another jewel theft in Cannes as thieves swipe €70,000 diamond ring
It’s the latest in a series of brazen thefts in the French Riviera city, following one of the world’s biggest heists last month.
Turkish PM says delay in country joining the EU is "unforgivable"
“Let’s not delay it, let’s finish it,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters, saying Turkey has been trying to join the EU since 1959.
Georgian elections: President concedes shock defeat in peaceful transfer
Mikheil Saakashvili’s party loses control of parliament – one of the first times an ex-Soviet country has seen a peaceful transition.
Estonian president takes to Twitter to bemoan New York Times' economic analysis
The New York Times’ Paul Krugman played down Estonia’s economy. Toomas Hendrik Ilves wasn’t at all pleased.
Heavy snowfall traps 11,000 people in Serbia
meanwhile, the death toll from the sub-zero temperatures hitting eastern Europe this week has risen to 122.
Helicopters evacuate Eastern Europeans stranded in cold snap
The death toll from a severe cold spell across Eastern Europe has risen to 85.
Nine injured in Bucharest anti-austerity protest
Thousands have taken to the streets in Romania to protest against austerity measures for a third consecutive day.
YouTube Top 10: because trikes are that extreme
Also in this week’s countdown: booty-shaking LPGA golfers, Ben Foden’s cringe-proof rapping and Roberto Soldado out-Fernandoing a certain Chelsea striker.
Six rescues and four arrests in Belfast human trafficking probe
Officers from the PSNI Organised Crime Branch carry out a major sting on a human trafficking ring in Belfast.
Should Ireland pay child benefit for children living abroad?
Joan Burton has announced a review of rules allowing parents to claim benefits, even if their children live overseas.