Monday, November 30, 2015

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the UN conference on climate change.

    Obama: World Must 'Rise To The Moment'

    U.S. President Barack Obama has told 150 world leaders at a crucial climate summit in Paris that they need to show the world that nations share a sense of responsibility to battle climate change.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN conference on climate change in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on November 30.

    Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Obama Pays Respects In Paris

    LIVE Accompanied by French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, U.S. President Barack Obama laid flowers at the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people were killed on November 13.

  • A girl wearing a protective mask looks out from her balcony in the village of Beloomut, near Moscow, during serious forest fires caused by a heat wave in 2010.

    Climate Change And The View From Moscow

    With a key UN conference on climate change starting in Paris, RFE/RL takes a closer look at the huge environmental challenges facing Russia in the coming decades.

Battleground Ukraine

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More Tear Gas In Kosovo Parliament Follows Mass Arrestsi
November 30, 2015
Opposition legislators in Kosovo have once again released tear gas in the chamber of parliament. The incident follows the arrest of 86 opposition members at the weekend. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video More Tear Gas In Kosovo Parliament Follows Mass Arrests

Opposition legislators in Kosovo have once again released tear gas in the chamber of parliament. The incident follows the arrest of 86 opposition members at the weekend. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video One Week On, Crimean Blackout Continues

A drive around Simferopol on the evening of November 29 shows the Crimean capital still swathed in darkness, after electricity supplies from Ukraine were disrupted. (RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service)

Video Thousands Join Moldova Protests

Thousands of people gathered in Chisinau in the latest sign of the political turmoil that has gripped Moldova. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Ukrainian Nationalists March On Oligarch's Office

Riot police prevented a crowd of angry Ukrainian nationalists breaking into the offices of Rinat Akhmetov, one of the country's most powerful oligarchs. The protesters accuse him of being in league with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Kazakh President Calls For Russian-Turkish Reconciliation

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev used his annual state of the nation address to call for Russia and Turkey to repair their relations after the downing of a Russian military jet. He said he had worked for years to foster the relationship between the two countries. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Refugees And Migrants Struggle With Cold Weather In Serbia

Humanitarian groups in Serbia are providing winter clothing and warm food to migrants and refugees who are struggling to cope with falling temperatures. In spite of the cold weather, thousands of people continue to arrive in Europe each day. (RFE/RL Balkan Service)


Supporters of Pakistan's federal housing and works minister took to the streets of Peshawar outraged over an assassination attempt on his life. Akram Khan Durrani, escaped the bombing of his convoy on November 26, but at least two other people died. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Georgia Tightens Underage Marriage Law

A performance about underage marriage was held outside the main government building in Tbilisi, Georgia, ahead of a parliamentary vote to restrict the rights of parents to marry off their underage daughters. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Tajiks Prepare To Remove Soviet Column

A monumental column in Dushanbe is swathed in scaffolding as workers prepare to remove one of the city's last major symbols of Tajikistan's Soviet past. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Moldovan Protesters Launch Hunger Strike

Protesters camped out in Moldova's capital, Chisinau, marked the 80th day of their tent city by launching a hunger strike. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Displaced In Pakistan Protest End Of Food Aid

Displaced persons from Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region protest after the authorities withdraw food aid. (RFE/RL's Radio Maashal)

Video Serbian Farmer Protest Stopped At Police Roadblock

Serbian farmers spend a second day stuck at a police roadblock, preventing them take a protest to the streets of Belgrade. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Afghans Deny IS Complicity Claim

The Afghan Interior Minister denies claims made by a senior legislator that state security officials have been supporting Islamic State militants, who are reportedly engaged in fighting against Taliban forces. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Clashes In Ukraine After Crimea Electricity Sabotaged

Ukrainian activists fought with security forces, preventing repairs being made to electricity transmission towers which were blown up at the weekend. Russian-annexed Crimea has been cut off from Ukrainian electricity supplies as a result of the damage. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Migrants Protest At Macedonia Border

Migrants staged a protest after Macedonia imposed new restrictions, preventing them entering the country from Greece. A number of Balkan countries have now decided that only migrants who can prove they are from conflict zones will be allowed to cross their borders. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video NATO Lifts Airspace Restrictions Over Serbia

After 16 years, NATO has lifted airspace restrictions over Serbia which it first imposed during in 1999 conflict in Kosovo. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video New Home For Street Kids In Pakistan

Up to 1,000 children living on the streets of the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar will soon be offered beds and classes at a new boarding school for street kids. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Press Locked Out As Kharkiv Mayor Kernes Sworn In

Security forces blocked journalists from entering the building where Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes took the oath of office for a second term on November 18. The controversial mayor survived an assassination attempt last year and is facing charges connected to unrest at the Maidan protests in Kyiv.

Video Aftermath Of Attack On Police Compound In Kandahar

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police headquarters in Kandahar Province on November 19 that left one soldier and five militants dead. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Kosovo Protests Continue As Opposition Deputy Arrested

Police clashed with demonstrators outside Kosovo's parliament in Pristina for a second straight day, after the arrest of an opposition lawmaker.

Video Peshawar Hospital Patients Demand End To Doctors Strike

Patients from a main hospital in the Pakistani city of Peshawar took to the streets to demand the government intervene to end a doctors strike. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video More Clashes In Kosovo Over Deal With Serb Minority

Protesters and riot police clashed on the streets of Kosovo's capital, Pristina, over a controversial agreement that would give more powers to Serb-dominated areas. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Nobel Prize Winners Go To Serbia

Three Nobel Peace Prize Winners, including Iran's Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams from the U.S., visited refugees and migrants traveling through Serbia to offer them their support. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video World Pays Tribute To Paris Attack Victims

In a show of solidarity and support for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, people around the world flocked to French embassy's to lay flowers and candles. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service, Kyrgyz Service and Georgian Service)

Video Protest For Rights In Pakistan Tribal Regions

Protesters from Pakistan's restive tribal regions drove to the capital Islamabad to demand the same rights as people in the rest of the country. Under colonial-era laws which remain in place, they are subject to a different legal system -- which many feel makes them second class citizens.

Video Cricket Returns To Pakistani Town Once Held By Taliban

Thousands of spectators have turned out to watch a cricket match in the northwestern Pakistani town of Bara. It is a sign of how life is returning to normal after Pakistani security forces say they cleared the area of Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Azerbaijani Activist Arif Yunus Released From Jail

Azerbaijani human rights activist Arif Yunus was released from jail because of his failing health. But his 59-year-old wife Leyla, who is also in poor condition, remains behind bars. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Russia Truckers Protest New Road Tax

Truckers across Russia have blocked highways to protest a new road tax on heavy vehicles. They warn the tax will increase the cost of transporting goods. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Uzbek Dissident Released After 21 Years

A leading Uzbek opposition leader has been released after 21 years in prison. Murat Juraev was imprisoned in 1994 on charges of seeking to overthrow the government, which he denies. (RFE/RL's Uzbek Service)

Video Funeral For Tajik Woman Allegedly Killed By Russian Officer

A Tajik family was beside itself with distress, as it laid to rest a 22-year-old woman allegedly killed by a Russian officer based in Dushanbe. The killing comes shortly after two other Russian troops from the base were convicted of murdering a local taxi driver. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Hazaras Protest Beheadings In Kabul

Ethnic Hazaras protested in central Kabul after seven of their community were beheaded. There has been an upsurge in sectarian violence directed against the mostly Shi'ite community. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Pakistani Printers Protest Tax Hike

Outraged printing press owners in the Pakistani city of Peshawar staged a protest to denounce a tax increase on school textbooks. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)


Photogallery 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.

Video Afghanistan's Female Warlord

Over 35 years of conflict, fighters loyal to the Afghan warlord known as "Kaftar," or "The Dove," have defeated Soviet, Taliban, and government troops. But what makes the story all the more incredible is that "Kaftar" is a woman. (Bashir Ghazali, Wali Sabawoon, Ray Furlong)

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