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In Banja Luka, A Mosque Rises From The Rubble

This week, on the 23rd anniversary of the fateful night that the Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka was blown up during the Balkan wars, the venerable building will be officially reopened after 15 years of painstaking construction work.


Turkey Notebook: Behind Davutoglu's Resignation

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had complained that some decisions in the ruling AKP party, which he leads, were not coordinated with him. But the reasons behind his planned resignation may go much deeper. More

Video Undefeated: Kazakhstan's First Female Cage Fighter

Since exploding on to the cage fighting circuit eight months ago, Zamzagul Fayzollanova has won every one of her bouts. The 23-year-old is Kazakhstan's first female mixed martial arts fighter, and has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. More

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Bosnian Man Digs For Bones Of Victims, Peace Of Mindi
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May 05, 2016
The remains of up to 1,000 victims of a 1995 massacre have yet to be found in the hills around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. For nearly 17 years, one man has devoted his life to locating the bones of those who died in Europe's worst mass killing since World War II. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

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U.S.-Moldovan Military Exercises Begini
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May 05, 2016
Moldovan and U.S. troops began military exercises at a base near the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, aimed at strengthening inter-operability between the two countries' armed forces. Moldova has been a member of Partnership for Peace since 1994. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)
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Video U.S.-Moldovan Military Exercises Begin

Moldovan and U.S. troops began military exercises at a base near the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, aimed at strengthening inter-operability between the two countries' armed forces.
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Video Jailed Iranian Activist Given Press Freedom Award In Absentia

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders honored imprisoned Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi at an event in Paris.
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Video Crowds Greet Pakistani PM's Speech In Bannu

Security was tight as large crowds gathered in the Pakistani city of Bannu for a visit by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. People flooded the city center to learn about his government's plans to develop the region. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video 'Martians' And 'Free Insults' At Absurd Parade In Russia

Wacky costumes and weird signs were on display at a parade in the Russian city of Novosibirsk. Artists and others gathered for the May 1 event to express their creative freedom and absurd sense of humor. Local police, however, were not amused. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)
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Video Kazakh Protests Spread As President Warns of Social Unrest

Protests in Kazakhstan against the planned privatization of agricultural land spread to other cities, as the president warned of the consequences of social unrest. Protesters in the city of Kyzylorda confronted local officials at a theater on May 1.
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Video New Kyrgyz Maximum Security Prison Opens In Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan has opened a new maximum security prison in the capital, Bishkek. It took about nine years to complete. The government demanded an acceleration in construction after a prison break at an older nearby facility last October. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Police Disperse Kazakhs Protesting Land Privatization

More people gathered in Kazakhstan to protest against a government decision to privatize agricultural land. In the coastal town of Aktau on the Caspian Sea, police intervened and forced people to leave. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
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Video Kazakh Police Break Up Activists' News Conference

Police in Almaty, Kazakhstan shut down a news conference called by activists who were discussing plans for protests in the city. About a dozen activists were detained when police intervened on April 29 outside Almaty's Press Club. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
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Video Civilians Die As Shells Rip Apart Cars Near Donetsk

Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatist forces traded accusations about responsibility for a deadly shelling of civilians on a roadway near Donestsk. Local authorities reported at least five people died near a checkpoint in the separatist-controlled area.
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Video Activists Call For Belarusian Nuclear Project To Be Scrapped

Activists in Minsk protested against the ongoing construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Protesters used the annual "Path of Chernobyl" demonstration on April 26 to speak out against the plant being built in Astravets.
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Video Belgrade Site For Refugees Demolished

A site in Belgrade that provided help to migrants and refugees has been demolished as part of a $3 billion waterfront development. Some of the refugees in the Serbian capital witnessed the dismantling of "Miksaliste" site by construction workers, who were accompanied by police.
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Video Macedonia's "Colorful" Protests Enter Third Week

Thousands marched again in the center of Skopje on April 26, with some setting fire to pictures of President Gjorge Ivanov. The protesters are calling this a "colorful revolution," and again some of them hurled paint at government buildings -- this time the justice ministry.
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Video Afghans Demand Prosecution Of Suspected War Criminals

Protesters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, demanded that suspect war criminals in the country face justice. They called for the abolition of an amnesty law that prevents the prosecution of alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan in recent decades. (RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Bus Explosion In Yerevan Kills Two Passengers

A massive explosion on a bus killed at least two passengers and wounded seven others in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. The blast happened at around 10 p.m. local time on April 25 in a residential area near the city center. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
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Video Macedonia Protests Target Foreign Ministry With Paint

Once again, thousands of antigovernment protesters in Macedonia's capital marched on April 25, in what they are calling a "colorful revolution." Completing two full weeks of nightly protests in Skopje, activists made the Foreign Ministry their target this time. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Clooney Lays Flowers At Armenian Memorial In Yerevan

Hollywood star and human rights activist George Clooney joined the commemoration of the massacre of Armenians under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. With Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian he laid flowers in front of the eternal flame at the country's genocide memorial complex.
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Video Police Clash With Antigovernment Demonstrators In Moldova

There were scattered scenes of violence at an antigovernment demonstration in Moldova's capital, Chisinau. Thousands of protesters marched into the center of the city on April 24, only to be met by a column of police. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)
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Video Rival Demonstrations Raise Tensions In Macedonia

After more than a week of mass antigovernment protests in Macedonia, thousands of pro-government demonstrators also took the streets of the capital, Skopje. Singing patriotic songs and promising to defend the country's monuments, pro-government activists labeled opposition demonstrators "hooligans."
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Video Skopje Protesters Call For 'Colorful' Revolution

Thousands of protesters in Skopje gathered for an eighth straight night of antigovernment demonstrations on April 20. Again they threw paint and sprayed graffiti and slogans -- some saying that they were staging a "colorful revolution" in Macedonia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Flooding, Mudslides Destroy About 100 Homes In Tajikistan

Tajikistan's Khatlon Province suffered flooding and mudslides after days of heavy rain. It caused significant damage to homes and fields. The village of Bahoriston was hard hit, with about 100 houses destroyed -- almost half of all the homes there. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service).
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Video Macedonia Antigovernment Protests Extend Into Second Week

Thousands again took to the streets of the Macedonian capital, Skopje, as nightly antigovernment demonstrations extended into a second week. Protesters blew whistles, confronted police cordons, and marched through central Skopje, demanding the president's resignation.
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Video Taliban Attack On Kabul Claims Hundreds Of Casualties

Taliban militants used a massive suicide truck bomb to attack an office belonging to Afghanistan's main security agency in Kabul. Afghan officials said at least 28 people were killed and about 300 wounded. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Ukrainian Protesters Attack Convoy Of Former Pro-Russian Governor

The convoy of Mykhaylo Dobkin was attacked by protesters on April 18 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Dobkin is the former governor of the region whose pro-Russian politics has angered many Ukrainian veterans who fought against Russia-backed separatist. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Skopje Street Protests Continue With Eggs And Paint

Large-scale protests in Skopje continued on April 18, as the political crisis in Macedonia showed no signs of abating. Demonstrators threw paint and eggs at the Triumphal Arch, and a monument to Alexander The Great (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Nearly 2 Million Children Targeted In Pakistan Polio-Vaccination Drive

Health officials in Pakistan hope to vaccinate nearly 2 million children over three days in a new drive to combat polio. In the past, campaigns have been suspended because health workers were targeted by Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Russia-Led Alliance Opens Spying War Games In Tajikistan

Military intelligence units from five member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) gathered for training exercises in Tajikistan. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)
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Video Thousands Protest In Skopje As Macedonia Sets Early Elections

Thousands rallied on the streets of the Macedonian capital Skopje in the largest of four consecutive nights of anti-government protests on April 15, soon after the president dissolved parliament and announced early elections for June 5.
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Video Northern Iraqi Village Liberated From IS Militants

Islamic State militants have lost their hold on the northern Iraqi village of al-Nasr. After a 10 day battle, Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters liberated the village. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)
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Video Hroysman Confirmed As Ukraine's New Prime Minister

Ukraine's parliament approved Volodymyr Hroysman as the country's new prime minister. It's considered in the biggest government shake-up since a 2014 uprising resulted in a pro-Western government coming to power. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Professors On Hunger Strike At Tbilisi University

Five professors with the Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi have been on hunger strike since Monday. They demanded the resignation of the school's rector, chancellor, and the abolition of the Academic Council. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
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Video Three Presidents Visit Migrant Camp In Macedonia

The Macedonian, Croatian, and Slovenian presidents spoke with migrants in the camp in Vinojug, Macedonia, near the border with Greece. It's close to where Macedonian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at migrants on the Greek side of the frontier earlier this week.
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Video Eggs Fly As Macedonian President's Pardons Spark Protests

Anti-government protesters threw eggs at the office of Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov, soon after he pardoned politicians and others implicated in a vast wiretapping operation.
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Video Protests In Bishkek As Kyrgyz 'Foreign Agents' Law Nears Approval

Kyrgyz human rights activists gathered outside of parliament in Bishkek to protest against a proposed "foreign agents" law being considered by lawmakers. The bill is similar to one in force in Russia since 2012, which NGOs say has been used to silence dissent. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyzstan Service)
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Video Garbage Piles Up In Pakistani Town As Collectors Strike

Rotting garbage has been piling up this week on the streets of Bannu in northern Pakistan. Municipal garbage collectors have stopped gathering the trash until they are paid their salaries. They say they haven't been paid for four months. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Shopkeepers In Pakistan's Swat Close To Protest Taxes

Thousands of traders in Pakistan's northern district of Swat closed their stalls and rallied in the streets on April 12 to protest the imposition of customs duties. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Kyrgyz Prime Minister Resigns

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariev announced his resignation, but insisted he was innocent of corruption allegations made by one of his own ministers.
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Video Armenians March To Honor Nagorno-Karabakh Dead

Thousands of people took to the streets of Yerevan to pay respect to ethnic Armenians killed in recent fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Video Tear Gas Thrown At Inauguration Of Kosovo's President

Opposition protesters tried to disrupt the inauguration ceremony of Kosovo's newly elected president, Hashim Thaci, by throwing a tear gas. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Protester Arrested For Wearing Putin Mask In Red Square

Moscow police have once again arrested anti-Putin protester Roman Roslovtsev.
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Video Russia's Prime Minister Arrives In Yerevan

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says he remains ready to act as an intermediary in resolving the conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Medvedev arrived in Armenia's capital on April 6. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

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May 03, 2016

UNESCO Lauds Ismayilova Amid Mounting Pressure For Journalist's Freedom

On World Press Freedom Day, imprisoned Azerbaijani investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was named the 2016 recipient of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
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April 26, 2016

RFE/RL Wins Webby People’s Voice Award

A feature video produced by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service has won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award.
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April 20, 2016

RFE/RL’s “Desperate Honeymoon” Documentary Wins New York Festivals Awards

An RFE/RL video documentary that personalizes the Syrian refugee crisis wins Silver and Bronze medals at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
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