Friday, July 03, 2015


  • Major General Sergei Kuzovlev (right) goes by the pseudonyms "Tambov" and Ignatov," according to Ukraine's SBU.

    The Russian Generals Fighting In Ukraine

    A new dossier by the Ukrainian security service has named five Russian generals who have allegedly participated in military activities with separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies any military involvement.

  • Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits the control room of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

    How Iran's Nuclear Program All Began

    It was late in 1973 when Akbar Etemad got the call -- the shah wanted to discuss ways to launch a nuclear program that would cement Iran's place in the world.

  • Nearly 5,000 Russians migrated to Israel in 2014

    Jews Are Fleeing Russia Because Of Putin

    Israel is seeing the biggest influx of Russian immigrants since the 1990s. Most of them are educated Muscovites bitterly disillusioned with their country's leadership.




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Separatists Withdraw From Ukrainian Coastal Townsi
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July 03, 2015
Pro-Russian separatists have withdrawn from Sakhanka, Shyrokyne, and other nearby towns on the Sea of Azov. Visiting one town with OSCE observers, rebel leaders called on Ukrainian government forces to demilitarize the coastal region as well.
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Video Separatists Withdraw From Ukrainian Coastal Towns

Pro-Russian separatists have withdrawn from Sakhanka, Shyrokyne, and other nearby towns on the Sea of Azov. Visiting one town with OSCE observers, rebel leaders called on Ukrainian government forces to demilitarize the coastal region as well.
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Video Armenian Protesters Throw Down EU Flag In Yerevan

Participants in the ongoing protests against electricity price hikes in Yerevan scuffled with a politician waving an EU flag late on July 2. Protest leaders said that their movement is nonpolitical, and that they don't want to add fuel to Russian claims that they are politically aligned.
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Video Kazan Residents Protest Over 'Nazarbaev Street'

The mayor of Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, apologized to protesters angered by the renaming of a street in honor of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev. But the mayor stopped short of offering to reverse the decision.
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Video Armenian Police Withdraw Water Cannon From Protest Camp

Armenian police announced they had withdrawn water cannon from the protest camp in central Yerevan on July 2, where only a small number of protestors remain.
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Video Moldovans Dump Shoes In Protest At Central Bank

Protestors dumped old shoes outside the central bank as they called on its governor to resign after what they called "the theft of the century."
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Video Heatwave Boosts Ice Price In Pakistan

Ice dealers are making a tidy profit in Pakistan, where a heatwave, Ramadan fasting, and electricity outages have combined to cause a surge in demand.
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Video Iraqi Turkomans Prepare To Fight Islamic State Militants

Ethnic Turkomans in the Kirkuk region of Iraq have responded to a call to arms issued by a Shi’ite cleric to fight against Islamic State militants.
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Video Armenian Protestors Vow To Continue As Crowds Dwindle

Protestors in Yerevan chose a new leadership and vowed to continue their blockade of a central boulevard until the Armenian government reverses an electricity price hike. The number of people at the protests has fallen significantly since its peak in late June.
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Video Suicide Bombing Strikes NATO Convoy In Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on June 30, killing at least one civilian and wounding many others. The attack came just hours before another suicide bombing that targeted a police headquarters in Helmand Province.
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Video Yerevan Protest Continues

Armenian protesters stayed for another night and day on central Yerevan's Baghramian Avenue in spite of a deal offered by the president to mitigate rising electricity prices. Some activists have left the site of the mass demonstrations, but others have vowed to remain until their demands are met.

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Video Czech Leader: Maintain Sanctions On Russia, But Work With Moscow On Terrorism

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told RFE/RL that sanctions on Russia, due to its actions in Ukraine, should be maintained until the Minsk cease-fire agreements are fully implemented. However, Sobotka also said it was important to work with Russia against Islamic State militants.

Video Kadyrov Fumes As Sanctions Hit Horses

Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov has been left fuming by the impact of Western sanctions on one of his favorite hobbies – his stable of racehorses.

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