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Belarus Olympian Timanovskaya says grandmother warned her not to come home

media captionAthlete Krystina Timanovskaya: "It's dangerous for me in Belarus"A sprinter from Belarus who refused her team's orders to fly home early from the Olympics has revealed she decided to flee after her grandmother warned her it was not safe to return. Krystina Timanovskaya told the BBC she was being driven to the airport when…
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Iran's new hardline President Ebrahim Raisi sworn in

image sourceEPAimage captionEbrahim Raisi (right) is close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah KhameneiIran's new president, Ebrahim Raisi, has been sworn into office, following his election victory in June.Mr Raisi, a hardline cleric, succeeds Hassan Rouhani, seen in the West as a relative moderate.It comes at a time of growing challenges for Iran, whose economy has…
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Floods: Research shows millions more at risk of flooding

By Matt McGrathEnvironment correspondentimage sourceGetty Imagesimage captionA man is rescued from recent floods in central ChinaA new study shows that the percentage of the global population at risk from flooding has risen by almost a quarter since the year 2000.Satellite images were used to document the rise, which is far greater than had been predicted…
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Belarus sprinter Krystina Timanovskaya lands in Vienna

image sourceReutersimage captionKrystina Timanovskaya boarded a flight to ViennaA Belarusian athlete who refused orders to fly home early from the Olympics has safely arrived in Vienna, Austria's foreign ministry has confirmed. Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, left Tokyo earlier on Wednesday, and will travel on to Warsaw after Poland granted her and her husband a humanitarian visa.…
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Belarus protests: Trial of opposition figures begins

image sourceGetty Imagesimage captionMaria Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak appeared at a court in the capital Minsk on WednesdayThe trial of two leading Belarusian opposition figures has begun behind closed doors at a court in Minsk.Protest organiser Maria Kolesnikova was arrested last year after she tore up her passport to resist attempts by authorities to forcibly…
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Tokyo Olympics: Sydney McLaughlin smashes record, Kokona Hiraki, 12, wins silver

Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; live text and video clips on BBC Sport website and app.The USA's Sydney McLaughlin smashed her own world record with a thrilling run as…