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Germany Rules Out Informal 'Brexit' Talks

Germany has warned that there will be no informal talks on the conditions for Britain leaving the European Union without London filing formal notice of its intent to quit, as top EU and U.S. officials scrambled to contain the fallout from the vote.

Tajik children watch a supporter of the Islamic Renaissance Party paste a campaign poster on a wall in the capital, Dushanbe, in February 2015. Within a few months it would be disbanded.

Tajik Reconciliation Day -- Table For One

The Islamic Renaissance Party's participation in governing the country was an example that cooperation between a secular government and an Islamic opposition was possible. Now the party is banned. More

New Belarusian coins are put on display during a press conference in Minsk in November 2015. Small change returns on July 1 as part of a currency redenomination that is slicing four zeros off the Belarusian ruble.

After Two Decades, Belarus Brings Back Its Coins

Belarus hopes its currency makeover will help curb inflation, but Minsk's record invites doubt as to whether it's anything more than cosmetic. More

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Armenian Protester Scuffles With Lawmakeri
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June 27, 2016
An angry demonstrator faced off with lawmaker and former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratian in Yerevan during a protest over a controversial defense agreement between the Armenian government and Russia. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Armenian Protester Scuffles With Lawmaker

An angry demonstrator faced off with lawmaker and former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratian in Yerevan during a protest over a controversial defense agreement between the Armenian government and Russia. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Pope Francis Hails Armenia’s ‘Christian Identity’

Pope Francis met with the supreme leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Garegin II, at an ancient cathedral in the town of Echmiadzin on June 24. Francis praised Armenia for making Christianity an “essential part of its identity.”

Video Kazakh Man Facing Eviction Threatens To Blow Up Home

A resident of the Kazakh capital, Astana, threatened to blow up a gas cylinder in a bid to keep city authorities from evicting him from his house, which is slated for demolition. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Ukrainian Forces Shelled In Attack Near Donetsk

Ukrainian positions in the east of the country came under heavy fire from Russia-backed separatists. An RFE/RL correspondent embedded with Ukrainian government troops in Avdiyivka, near the city of Donetsk, captured footage of the attack on the night of June 22. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Thousands Mourn Slain Pakistani Singer

Crowds thronged the streets of Karachi for the funeral of Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan's most famous singers, gunned down in the city the previous day. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Ukrainian Tank Drills Simulate Eastern Attack

Ukraine is conducting 10 days of drills simulating an attack from the east in breach of the Minsk agreement with Russia and Russia-backed separatists. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Pakistani Lawmakers Face Off In Provincial Assembly Ruckus

Scuffles broke out between Pakistani lawmakers in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly. Members of the ruling party faced off and had an exchange of harsh words during a debate on the provincial budget on June 21. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Afghan Activists Call For U.S. Support Against Pakistan

Several hundred Afghans demonstrated against Pakistan in Kabul, after deadly border clashes last week escalated tensions between the two countries.

Video Macedonian Activists Escalate Paint Protest, Hose Justice Ministry

Antigovernment protesters in Macedonia have escalated their attacks on government buildings and monuments in the latest of nightly demonstrations. On June 20, they pulled out compressors and hoses to spray jets of paint on the Justice Ministry.

Video Planned Kyrgyz Media Law Draws Criticism In Bishkek Roundtable

Journalists, media experts, and activists have roundly criticized proposed media legislation in Kyrgyzstan, saying it would limit press freedom. Only one member of parliament attended a roundtable in Bishkek, where participants had a scathing assessment of the bill. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

Video Serbian And Croatian Leaders Meet Aiming To Mend Relations

Serbian and Croatian leaders have taken part in a series of symbolic gestures in a renewed effort to repair strained relations. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on June 20.

Video Nepalese Guards Killed In Kabul Suicide Attack

A group of Nepalese security guards working for the Canadian embassy in Kabul have been killed in a suicide attack on their minibus. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said 14 guards were killed, and eight others were wounded in the early morning attack on June 20. (RFE/RL's Afghan Service)

Video Swollen Kyrgyz Rivers Wash Out Roads And Bridges

Heavy rains caused rivers to swell, washing out bridges and roads in parts of Kyrgyzstan. In the Issyk-Kul region, the harsh weather caused rock slides in mountainous areas.

Video President Xi Arrives In Belgrade, As Chinese Influence Increases In Balkans

Serbia has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to Belgrade at a time when China is increasing its economic influence in the Balkan country. Xi is scheduled to sign a series of trade and investment agreements during the three-day visit, which includes a stop at a Chinese-owned steel plant.

Video Afghans March Against Taliban, Call On Government To Secure Highways

Hundreds of Afghans, including members of civil society organizations, protested a recent mass hostage taking by Taliban militants. During a march through Kabul on June 17, activists called on the government to improve security on highways and to protect people traveling across the country.

Video Deadly Storms Strike Northwest Pakistan

At least seven people were killed and 49 others were injured as violent storms hit northwest Pakistan. Rain and high winds lashed the town of Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on June 15, causing buildings to shake and roofs to collapse, while power was cut. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kosovo's LGBT Community Honors Orlando Victims

Activists from the LGBT community held a candlelit vigil in Pristina, amid homophobic comments in Kosovo after the Orlando mass shooting. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Trucks Stuck At Afghanistan-Pakistan Border After Gun Battle

Hundreds of trucks were still stranded on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, after gunfire between soldiers at a key crossing point resulted in several deaths.

Video Pakistani Transgender People Welcome Recognition

Transgender people in Pakistan's northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa celebrated their designation as a group eligible for state welfare support. The provincial government agreed on June 14 to allocate about $2 million for the social welfare of transgender people in its annual budget.

Video Russians Honor Victims Of Orlando Shooting

Moscow residents on June 13 paid tribute to those who died in a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Free Tickets At Tbilisi Zoo, A Year After Deadly Floods

Residents of Georgia's capital enjoyed a day out for free at the city zoo, which is still recovering a year after floods which killed half of its animals. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Bosnia's Izetbegovic Honors Serb Victims Of Atrocities

The Bosniak member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, honored Serb victims of wartime atrocities committed by Muslims -- paying a wreath on the site where their bodies were dumped. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)


Photogallery Photos Of The Week #25

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 25th week of 2016.

Video Threats Of Violence Haunt Russians With Household Debt

Tatyana Lyakhova, a single mother, faces constant harassment, vandalism, and threats from debt collectors demanding repayment of her ex-husband's loans. Stories like hers are increasingly common in Russia, where millions of people have household debt and collectors are largely unregulated.

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June 10, 2016

RFE/RL Announces Thomas Kent as New President

Thomas Kent, a longtime Associated Press journalist, has been appointed the new President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), effective June 27.
June 03, 2016

RFE/RL Russian Service Audio Archives -- Now Online

RFE/RL welcomed the publication this week of an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced over decades by its Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda.
May 25, 2016

Ismayilova Freed From Prison But Intent On Justice

Elated but defiant, RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova walked out of prison in Baku today -- and vowed to take the Azerbaijani government to court to hold it accountable for concocting a case against her on political grounds.
April 26, 2016

Video Nurgazy Dreams Big... And Wins (A Webby Award)

A feature video produced by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service has won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award.