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Belarus opposition leader flees country; Russia approves coronavirus vaccine; Trump proposes additional limits on US-Mexico border

The main challenger in Belarus' presidential vote, who has refused to concede defeat amid a massive police crackdown on protesters, has left the country and is now in neighboring Lithuania. And, Russia has became the first country in the world to clear a coronavirus vaccine. Also, the Trump administration is reportedly considering additional ways to limit entry at the US-Mexico border.

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UN head warns of 'a generational catastrophe'; Record temperatures in Iraq; Belarus' president aligns with Russia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday the world faces a "generational catastrophe" in the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the largest disruption of education in history. Also, Iraq faces record heat levels that reached temperatures of 125 Fahrenheit in Baghdad. And, Belarus' president, Alexander Lukashenko, has pledged his allegiance to Russia.

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Environment

Governments block internet

The World's Clark Boyd reports on governments that have found various ways to block citizens' access to internet sites; this web filtering is described in a new book, "Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering".

Global Politics

Belarus election

Belarus holds elections this weekend that the authorities promise will be free and fair. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports on the slow pace of change in the former Soviet republic.

Arts, Culture & Media

Free Theatre Belarus

Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest. American playwright Aaron Landsman went to visit the group in Minsk, and learned what theater is really all about. Produced by David Krasnow and Gretta Cohn.

Global Politics

Belarus Free Theatre

In the protests that followed the most recent presidential elections in Belarus, members of the Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) were detained by the Belarusian KGB. BFT co-founder Natalia Kaliada talks with Studio 360.