EU adopts fifth sanctions package against Belarus over border crisis Dec 03, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaBrusselsEU ministers have adopted a fifth package of sanctions on Belarus at a council meeting on Thursday, according to diplomatic sources.The retaliatory measures target 17 individuals and 11 entities deemed culpable in the crisis at the EU-Belarusian border.The sanctions immediately enter into force after their publication on Thursday evening in the the European Union’s Official Journal, a legal register for EU regulations.Belarusian state airline Belavia and Syria’s Cham Wings are expected to be among the entities targeted in the sanctions.The bloc accuses Belarus of transporting people hoping to claim asylum in the European Union to its external borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, in retaliation to western sanctions. Minsk refutes this.Another package of sanctions - the sixth since the contested August 2020 Belarusian election - is also in preparation but will likely only be ready in January or February, one EU diplomat said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Peace calls amid tensions in Ukraine-Russia feud Dec 03, 2021 0 0 Merkel ushers in restrictions, says fourth virus wave ‘must be broken’ Dec 03, 2021 0 0 MEPS push for EU action on rule of law in Poland and Hungary Dec 03, 2021 0 0 Argentina’s ex-president Macri indicted for spying on others Buenos Aires Argentina’s former head of state Mauricio Macri (2015-19) has been charged with illegal spying in connection with the submarine ARA San Juan, which sank in 2017. Federal judge Martin Bava did not order .. Suspected IS member from Tunisia arrested near Venice Rome Special investigators of the Italian police have arrested a Tunisian national suspected of terrorism near Venice. Tunisian authorities had issued an international arrest warrant for the 25-year-old, Italian .. Pope Francis welcomed in Cyprus by politicians, clergy and children Rome Pope Francis has embarked on a five-day trip to Cyprus and Greece, landing at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus on Thursday after a three-hour flight. He was welcomed by politicians, clergy and a group of children. “Pope ..