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The Sorbonne University, in the center of Paris, is the second oldest university in the world. No, not behind Oxford — behind Bologna.

I took this shot of the Chapelle Sainte Ursule de la Sorbonne more than 50 years before my grandson and partner-in-crime went to one of the university's branches, just a few hundred meters to the north.

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Unpacking Why Belarus Will Or Won't Join The War Against Ukraine

Analysts have closely followed whether Belarus, a loyal Kremlin ally, will invade its neighbor. But even though the Belarusian president toes the Kremlin line, he is unlikely to want to get in over his head in Ukraine.

At the Kremlin during the recent Collective Security Treaty Organization Summit meeting . Lukashenko is directly behind Putin.

Igor Ilyash

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KYIV — For several months, Belarusian troops have been conducting regular training exercises, particularly in the regions bordering Ukraine. Combined with the specific statements by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, this raises logical fears about the direct involvement of the Belarusian army in the war.

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