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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) reacts as he talks to Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko before a meeting on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 11, 2015. (Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Reuters)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) reacts as he talks to Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko before a meeting on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 11, 2015. A document seen by Reuters at talks on the Ukraine crisis suggested the sides may agree to end fighting in eastern Ukraine with a ceasefire starting on February 14, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the creation of a security zone. (Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Reuters)
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12 Feb 2015 12:23:00
Children play on a flooded street after heavy rain in Minsk, Belarus July 13, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Children play on a flooded street after heavy rain in Minsk, Belarus July 13, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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14 Jul 2016 09:31:00
Employees work on an electric train assembly line at the “Stadler Minsk” plant in Fanipol, Belarus February 10, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Employees work on an electric train assembly line at the “Stadler Minsk” plant in Fanipol, Belarus February 10, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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12 Feb 2016 12:35:00
Women take part in Belarus Cup in bodybuilding and fitness in Minsk, October 24, 2015. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Women take part in Belarus Cup in bodybuilding and fitness in Minsk, October 24, 2015. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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27 Oct 2015 08:03:00
Minsk city

The earliest historic references to Minsk date to the 11th century 1067, when it was noted as a provincial city within the principality of Polotsk. The settlement developed on the rivers. In 1242, Minsk became a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It received town privileges in 1499.
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18 Jun 2012 12:00:00
Julian, left, is photographed by his mother with friend Gianluca, right, under water at a public pool in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on a hot Friday, July 3, 2015. Germany faces a heat wave with temperatures up to 38 degrees Celsius  (100 degrees Fahrenheit) at the weekend. (Photo by Martin Meissner/AP Photo)

Julian, left, is photographed by his mother with friend Gianluca, right, under water at a public pool in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on a hot Friday, July 3, 2015. Germany faces a heat wave with temperatures up to 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) at the weekend. (Photo by Martin Meissner/AP Photo)
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04 Jul 2015 10:39:00


From the waters edge a New York policeman urges two young children to put their bathing costumes back on. (Photo by Ed Clarity/Keystone/Getty Images). July 1949
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25 Apr 2011 06:54:00
Four-year-old Solaris Arias (right) jumps through water spraying from an open fire hydrant in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 20, 2012. Much of the state remained under a heat advisory Tuesday afternoon because of the steamy air mass that has moved into the region resulting in temperatures in the 90s. (Photo by Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Four-year-old Solaris Arias (right) jumps through water spraying from an open fire hydrant in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 20, 2012. Much of the state remained under a heat advisory Tuesday afternoon because of the steamy air mass that has moved into the region resulting in temperatures in the 90s. (Photo by Steven Senne/AP Photo)
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17 Aug 2012 09:19:00