Tuesday, July 28, 2015


  • Video A Factory On The Front Lines

    The Avdiyivka Coke and Chemical Plant produces the fuel that powers Ukraine's massive steel industry. It also sits in the line of fire in the country's separatist conflict.

  • In a new propaganda video an IS militant speaks in unaccented Kyrgyz with a subtitled translation of his words in Russian.

    IS Releases Kyrgyz Recruitment Video

    ​For the first time, the militant group Islamic State (IS) has released a propaganda and recruitment video specifically addressing Muslims in Kyrgyzstan.

  • World -- illustration from 10jul2015 post by "Longing For Paradise" group of a bearded militant planting chaste kiss on covered head of wife, presumably as he heads off to battle

    Will My Husband Prefer His Heavenly Virgins?

    If an Islamic State (IS) militant dies in battle and is awarded his 72 eternally young and beautiful virgins, will he forget all about his wife? This is a serious question for the women who join IS to marry a fighter.


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A 400-Year-Old Diving Tradition In Mostari
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July 27, 2015
Fifty divers jumped from the Stari Most, or Old Bridge, in the Bosnian town of Mostar in a competition that dates back to the 16th century. The ancient bridge was destroyed in the Bosnian war of the 1990s, but since its reconstruction in 2004, it has again become a jumping-off point for fearless divers.
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Video A 400-Year-Old Diving Tradition In Mostar

Fifty divers jumped from the Stari Most, or Old Bridge, in the Bosnian town of Mostar in a competition that dates back to the 16th century. The ancient bridge was destroyed in the Bosnian war of the 1990s, but since its reconstruction, it has again become a jumping-off point for fearless divers.
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Video Journalists Barred From Trial Of Azerbaijani Rights Activists

As the trial of two human rights defenders, Leyla and Arif Yunus, began in Baku, most journalists and representatives of diplomatic missions were barred from entering the courtroom, where only pro-government reporters were admitted.
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Video Continuing Floods Block Transit In Pakistan

Drivers in Pakistan's Balochistan Province were mired in the mud along swollen riverbeds as heavy rains showed no signs of subsiding. Dozens have died as the flooding has washed out bridges, farmland, and homes.
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Video Russian Ultranationalist Leader Sentenced To Life In Prison

A Moscow court sentenced Ilya Goryachev to life in prison on July 24 for organizing several high-profile murders. Goryachev, the leader of the ultranationalist group Russian Image, had also been found guilty of establishing and organizing an extremist organization.
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Video World War II Monument Defaced In Belgrade

Graffiti taggers sprayed swastikas and nationalist symbols on a monument in the Serbian capital dedicated to some 80,000 victims of the Nazi-backed regime during World War II. City employees quickly removed the graffiti on July 24.
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Video Activists Barred From Baku Courtroom As Ismayilova's Trial Begins

Supporters of journalist Khadija Ismayilova chanted her name outside a courtroom in the Azerbaijani capital on the first day of her trial on charges including embezzlement and tax evasion. International rights groups have condemned Ismayilova's detention as retaliation for her reporting.
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Video Hundreds Evacuated In Kazakh Mudslide

Kazakhstan's second city, Almaty, has been hit by a devastating mudslide following days of intense heat and flooding.
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Video Northwest Pakistan Hit By Floods

A week of heavy rain has caused floods in parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province, with the capital Peshawar the latest area to be hit.
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Video Precious Art Donated By Billionaire Ex-Premier Displayed In Tbilisi

A work by one of Georgia's most beloved artists, Niko Pirosmani, has returned to the National Gallery after more than a century. The painting was bought at auction for $1.5 million and donated by former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
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Video Bosnian Leaders Visit Serbia To Mend Strained Ties

The members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency arrived in Belgrade on July 22 at the invitation of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. The visit was seen as a goodwill gesture after angry crowds drove Vucic from a memorial ceremony in Bosnia earlier this month.

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Video Bull-Running In Pakistan

In rural northwest Pakistan, the ancient Pashtun tradition of bull-running is still going strong. Blindfolded bulls have eight minutes to race around in a circle, powering a water pump as they go.

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