Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • A Russian jet during a bombing operation over Syria

    Putin’s Syria Strikes Irk Russian Muslims

    Russia’s Muslim community is divided over the Kremlin’s bombing campaign in Syria. Though disapproval finds little public expression, the air strikes are widening fissures in Russia’s fragile Islamic community.

  • Since Alyaksandr Lukashenka came to power in 1994, he has defanged parliament, muted the media, and pushed political foes to the margins or driven them into exile.

    Lukashenka's Longevity Recipe

    No leader in Europe has ruled longer, and Alyaksandr Lukashenka is poised to extend his presidency for five more years as Belarus holds a presidential election.

  • A Russian Defense Ministry video grab reportedly shows a Russian warship launching a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea during a strike against Islamic State (IS) group positions in Syria on October 6.

    Did Errant Missiles Land In Iran?

    Local reports suggest Iranians saw mysterious objects in the sky that in some cases were accompanied by the sound of explosions -- despite radio silence from Tehran over whether Russian missile failures landed in Iran.

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Tajik Mother Sentenced For Killing Childreni
October 09, 2015
A Tajik court hears the shocking case of a mother who drowned her own children, after a marital problem. The judge hands out an 18-year sentence.

Video Tajik Mother Sentenced For Killing Children

A Tajik court hears the shocking case of a mother who drowned her own children, after a marital problem. The judge hands out an 18-year sentence.

Video Grenade Attack At Shi'ite Shrine In Kabul

At least one person was killed as a grenade was thrown at a Shi'ite shrine in Kabul. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack.

Video Protest Against Child Marriage In Pakistan

A small protest was held in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, calling on the authorities in the Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province to enforce tougher laws against the widespread practice of child marriage.

Video Music And Dance On The Long Road To Europe

Refugees and other migrants making their way through Serbia took a break with an impromptu dance performance outside the main bus station in Belgrade. Serbia is a major transit country for refugees from Syria heading to the EU. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Taliban Suicide Attackers Strike Afghan Capital

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a night time suicide bombing on the Afghan capital Kabul on October 5. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Armenian Activists Protest Change To Constitution

Opposition groups demonstrated outside the Armenian parliament to protest proposed changes to the country's constitution. Activists fear the amendments are part of a ploy by sitting president Serzh Sarkisian to remain in power. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Pakistan's Pashtuns Protest Discrimination Over ID Cards

Protesters demanded the Pakistan government issue all Pashtuns with national ID cards which are needed for voting and obtaining as a passport.

Video Syrian Opposition Groups Hold Reconciliation Talks

Syria's fractured opposition groups met in the Kazakh capital Astana aimed at uniting the country's various political factions. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Ukrainian Police Arrest Illegal Amber Miners

Ukrainian security forces arrested 100 illegal amber miners in the Volyn region who tried to block a major highway. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Protesters Demonstrate Against Putin At UN

Hundreds of protesters denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin's appearance at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28. The demonstrators spoke out against Russia's annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Video Trial Of Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Resumes In Russia

A single demonstrator protested outside the trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko as the court hearing resumed in Russia's Rostov region on September 29. Savchenko is accused of complicity in killing two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, charges she vehemently denies.

Video Moldovan Capital Sees More Mass Protests

An estimated 20,000 anticorruption protesters in Moldova held another large rally in the capital Chisinau on September 27. They once again called for the resignation of the country's president over the disappearance of $1 billion from three of the country's banks. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Moldovan Protesters Set Up New Tent City In Chisinau

Protesters in the Moldovan capital Chisinau have set up a second tent city. It comes as anti-corruption activists called for further demonstrations against the government on Sunday, September 27th. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)


Video Vladimir MacBetin Takes Stage In Czech Political Mash-Up

A Czech theater company is performing an interpretation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth with a new main character: a power-hungry leader named Vladimir MacBetin. The director says the play draws on modern Russia to enact themes of violence, manipulation, and the pursuit of power.

Video Migrant Children Start School In Germany

It's estimated 1 million or more people will seek refuge in Germany in 2015, among them large numbers of children. This has placed a heavy burden on schools, where special "Welcome Classes" are beginning to teach the newcomers basic German. (Ray Furlong and Roman Kupka, RFE/RL)

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Video RFE/RLive: The Capture of Kunduz

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