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ABRO brings Belarussian children to the U.S.A. each summer to receive medical care and treatment from the radiation that plagues their society from the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Children stay with host families for six weeks during the summer months.

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Belarus is a member of the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” and the Kyoto Protocol.1 The United Nations Development Program has evaluated Belarus and helped the country maintain its official standing with international conventions on climate change and environmental issues.2 Belarus has begun to rely more heavily on renewable energy sources in the country in order to successfully limit the amount of greenhouse gases that they emit.3 Air pollution is a serious problem in most major cities in the country, with automobile exhaust accounting for nearly half of the pollution.4 Additionally, Belarus imports nearly 85% of its energy, which is expensive and unsustainable.5 In 1986, a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl exploded, contaminating one-fifth of the country with radiation and affecting over two ...See More million people.6 As a result, radiation-related diseases are now on the rise.7 Show Less

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1 http://www.mfa.gov.by/en/organizations/issue/climate_change/
2 Ibid
3http://undp.bhttp://naturvernforbundet.no/international/environmental-issues-in-belarus/category933.htmly/en/undp/focus-areas/energy/
4 http://naturvernforbundet.no/international/environmental-issues-in-belarus/category933.html
5 Ibid
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Belarus News

Deutsche Welle 
Russian troops have been gathering in Belarus since Monday. The Zapad 2017 (West 2017) war games are slated to begin in September, with roughly 12,700 Russian soldiers officially participating, according to Moscow. NATO Secretary-General Jens ... See more..
BBC News 
The interior minister of Belarus has caused a stir by suggesting that convicts could be sent to work the land on their release from prison. Ihar Shunievich told Belarusian state TV that his ministry is working on a bill to set up its own farms to help ... See more..
CNBC 
"Amazon's $16 billion bond deal attracted orders equivalent to the GDP of Belarus ($47 billion) it seems that markets are still some way from taking a full holiday just yet," Deutsche Bank said. The investment bank said that it had been suggesting ... See more..
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TOLOnews 
"We suggest defining possible forms and mechanisms of getting Belarus involved in the implementation of major infrastructure projects in the manufacturing sector, mining industry, and power engineering industry in Afghanistan,” Andrei Kobyakov said. See more..
Belarus News (BelTA) 
The project was discussed during a meeting between Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration Nikolai Snopkov and a Chinese delegation led by First Deputy Chairman of the People's Government of Yiwu, Zhejiang Province Chen Xiaozhong on ... See more..
Belarus News (BelTA) 
GRODNO, 17 August (BelTA) - Slovakia is ready to invest in the power industry and waste management in Belarus, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia to Belarus Jozef Migas said at the meeting with Grodno Oblast Governor Vladimir ... See more..
Belarus News (BelTA) 
MINSK, 17 August (BelTA) - Google has acquired the Belarusian IT company, a resident of the Hi-Tech Park, AIMatter, BelTA learned from the website of the Belarusian company. “We are excited to announce that our team is joining Google,” representatives ... See more..
New York Times 
President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has long walked a tightrope between Russia and the West. But with a new Cold War looming, he may have to pick a side. See more..
Belarus News (BelTA) 
VITEBSK, 17 August (BelTA) – Applications have been open for the participation in the Russian-Belarusian forum of modern art that will take place at the social and health improving center Goloyevka, Smolensk Oblast on 7-11 September, BelTA learned from ... See more..
Belarus News (BelTA) 
MINSK, 17 August (BelTA) – Fewer Belarusians are now willing to go to Turkey for vacations due to the Coxsackie virus, with sales down by 5-10%, representatives of Belarusian travel agencies told BelTA. Cases when Belarusians scrap their travel plans ... See more..
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Geography

Eastern Europe, east of Poland
Area

Total 207,600 sq km
Land 202,900 sq km
Water 4,700 sq km

Climate

cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime
Natural Resources

timber, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay ;
Natural Hazards

NA
Current Environmental Issues

soil pollution from pesticide use; southern part of the country contaminated with fallout from 1986 nuclear reactor accident at Chornobyl' in northern Ukraine

Demographics

Nationality
Belarusian
Population
9,625,888 (July 2013 est.)
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As part of the former Soviet Union, Belarus had a relatively well-developed industrial base; it retained this industrial base - which is now outdated, energy inefficient, and dependent on subsidized Russian energy and preferential access to Russian markets - following the breakup of the USSR. The country also has a broad agricultural base which is inefficient and dependent on government subsidies. After an initial burst of capitalist reform from 1991-94, including privatization of state enterprises, creation of institutions of private property, and development of entrepreneurship, Belarus' economic development greatly slowed. About 80% of all industry remains in state hands, and ...See More foreign investment has been hindered by a climate hostile to business. A few banks, which had been privatized after independence, were renationalized. State banks account for 75% of the banking sector. Economic output, which had declined for several years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, revived in the mid-2000s thanks to the boom in oil prices. Belarus has only small reserves of crude oil, though it imports most of its crude oil and natural gas from Russia at prices substantially below the world market. Belarus exported refined oil products at market prices produced from Russian crude oil purchased at a steep discount. In late 2006, Russia began a process of rolling back its subsidies on oil and gas to Belarus. Tensions over Russian energy reached a peak in 2010, when Russia stopped the export of all subsidized oil to Belarus save for domestic needs. In December 2010, Russia and Belarus reached a deal to restart the export of discounted oil to Belarus. Little new foreign investment has occurred in recent years. In 2011, a financial crisis began, triggered by government directed salary hikes unsupported by commensurate productivity increases. The crisis was compounded by an increased cost in Russian energy inputs and an overvalued Belarusian ruble, and eventually led to a near three-fold devaluation of the Belarusian ruble in 2011. In November 2011, Belarus agreed to sell to Russia its remaining shares in Beltransgaz, the Belarusian natural gas pipeline operator, in exchange for reduced prices for Russian natural gas. Receiving more than half of a $3 billion loan from the Russian-dominated Eurasian Economic Community Bail-out Fund, a $1 billion loan from the Russian state-owned bank Sberbank, and the $2.5 billion sale of Beltranzgas to Russian state-owned Gazprom helped stabilize the situation in 2012; nevertheless, the Belarusian currency lost more than 60% of its value, as the rate of inflation reached 53% in 2011 and 59% in 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$149.2 billion (2012 est.); $147 billion (2011 est.); $139.2 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

31.6% of GDP (2012 est.); 29.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 26.2% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grain, potatoes, vegetables, sugar beets, flax; beef, milk
Industries

metal-cutting machine tools, tractors, trucks, earthmovers, motorcycles, televisions, synthetic fibers, fertilizer, textiles, radios, refrigerators