Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Azerbaijani Village Reeling After Deadly Raid

Law-enforcement authorities in Azerbaijan say a security operation is continuing in a troubled suburb of the capital, Baku, where seven people were killed last week.

Top Shots

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Eldar Ryazanov And His Films

Eldar Ryazanov, a Russian film director whose iconic comedies captured the flavor of life and love in the Soviet Union while deftly skewering the absurdities of the communist system, has died at the age of 88. His films ridiculed Soviet bureaucracy and trained a clear eye on the predicaments and peculiarities of daily life during the communist era, but the light touch of his satire helped him dodge government censorship.

Photos Of The Week #48

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Tourism Revives Remote Tajik Mountain Village

The extreme conditions of high-altitude desert and strong winds, combined with lack of opportunities beyond yak and sheep breeding, make life in the High Pamir Mountains of eastern Tajikistan a fight for survival. Yet in recent years, the village of Alichor has seen a turnaround in its fortunes, with a nascent tourism industry slowing the outflow of people to neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Photojournalist Janyl Jusupjan paid the village a visit.

Yeltsin Center Presents Former Russian President's Legacy

The Yeltsin Center has opened in Yekaterinburg. A first of its kind in Russia, it showcases the legacy of the former president with a library, museum, and exhibition space. There are more than 30,000 exhibits and 13,000 photos. The center has been financed with $76 million of public money plus around 50 private sponsors, including President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Tatar Women Embrace Tradition In Lithuania

As part of her exhibition Islam In Lithuania, photographer Neringa Rekasiute focuses on Tatar women from the small Baltic country, who she says inspire her with their ability to keep their traditions alive in modern Lithuanian society.

Portraits Of Ellis Island Immigrants 1902-1913

For millions of immigrants, Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States -- the country's busiest reception and processing center from 1892 to 1954. These historical photographs capture the variety of cultures among those immigrants -- they were taken by Augustus Frederick Sherman, who worked there as a clerk. They were not taken for official purposes. Sherman was simply fascinated by the people he was meeting on a daily basis.

Photos Of The Week #47

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

The Bosnian War: From Death And Destruction To Dayton

It was the bloodiest conflict Europe had witnessed since World War II. Between 1992 and 1995, almost 100,000 people were killed in the Bosnian War, which erupted after the collapse of Yugoslavia. The bloodshed finally ended when the warring parties agreed to the landmark Dayton peace agreement, on November 21, 1995. Twenty years later, these are some of the haunting images of the conflict and the struggle for peace.

Photos Of The Week #46

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 46th week of 2015.

Solidarity And Sadness: The World Sends Paris Its Love

Social network users across the world have been creating, posting, and sharing images expressing solidarity and support with the people of France, after terrorist attacks in Paris killed 127 people and wounded dozens more. Here is a selection of them.

Islamic State Claims Paris Attacks That Killed 127

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for the multiple attacks in Paris that have killed at least 127 people and wounded dozens of others.

Georgia's First Motorcycle 'Gang'

They are united by their love of motorcycles, the open road and a lifestyle that embraces freedom above all else. Meet the Cross Riders, Georgia's first classic motorcycle club. Established two years ago in the capital, Tbilisi, the club reflects the growing popularity of motorcycles in the country. Despite their tough appearance, the Cross Riders Motorcycle Club (MC) stress their members are not engage in criminal activity. They have opened a bar and welcome anyone with an affection for bikes. British journalist and photographer Onnik James Krikorian spent four months with the Cross Riders MC as part of a new series on Georgian subcultures. For more photos by Krikorian, visit his website

Syrian Town Pummeled By Air Strikes

Douma is a town about 10 kilometers from the center of Damascus. Currently under the control of Syrian rebels, it has seen heavy fighting. Reuters photographers captured everyday life among the ruins, and were also there during air strikes. Local activists have blamed the attacks on Syrian and Russian planes.

Eastern Ukraine On Brink Of Humanitarian Crisis As Winter Looms

With winter looming, the European Commission estimates 5 million people require urgent humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine. The situation is most dire for those who have been displaced or live near the front lines in areas beyond government control. The World Food Program is racing to distribute food vouchers and parcels to the one million people who are the most vulnerable and require immediate food assistance. (Photos by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Afghans Protest Over Hazara Beheadings

Afghan police on November 11 fired into the air to drive back protesters who tried to climb the walls of a building near the president's palace, as anger boiled over about the beheading of seven members of the Hazara ethnic minority by Islamist militants. The incident happened as thousands of Afghans marched through Kabul to protest the killing of seven ethnic Hazaras, allegedly by Taliban militants. The protesters carried the coffins of the seven victims and called for a new government that can ensure security in the country.

Photos Of The Week #45

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Soviet-Themed Shopping Center Opens In Minsk

Capitalism met communism head on in Belarus this week with the opening of a new Soviet-themed shopping mall in Minsk. The "Leningrad" center uses communist posters, clothing, and other iconic relics of socialism to help ply its wares. We're not sure if Comrade Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin would approve...

Ancient Sites In Kosovo, UNESCO's Likely Next Member

The UN's Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voted to recommend Kosovo as a full member. The majority of members overruled objections from Serbia, which doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence. The country's inclusion in UNESCO will be put to a final vote by all UN member states on November 9. Here are some of the diverse cultural and historical sites in Kosovo that already enjoy UNESCO recognition or other protected status.

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