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'I Thought, 'This Is The End''

Four survivors of the brutal, 10-hour assault by gunmen on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul describe their ordeal. At least 13 people were killed in the attack, including seven students and one teacher.


Ukrainian power broker Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrives in Minsk to take part in Ukrainian peace talks in January 2015.

Audio Slide Show Ties To Putin Help Ukrainian Power Broker Pull Strings

As a tycoon with close ties to Vladimir Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk has influenced policy for two tumultuous decades in Ukraine. With the Minsk peace deal he helped forge threatening to unravel, the outsize role of a man critics call the "Prince of Darkness" is in the spotlight once again. More

Photographer Dmytro Muravskiy has stood by this photo -- and is threatening to sue his detractors.

War Of Words Over Ukraine ‘Combat’ Photo

A controversy is escalating in Ukraine over a photo that seems to capture the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in a single frame. It could be one of the greatest war photographs ever taken – or a fake. More


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August 25, 2016
Afghan police hunted for evidence a day after an attack on American University of Afghanistan in Kabul left at least 13 people dead. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Police Collect Evidence Following Attack On American University In Kabul

Afghan police hunted for evidence a day after an attack on American University of Afghanistan in Kabul left at least 13 people dead. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Kyrgyz Coal Miners Demand Back Pay

Miners from a coal mine in Kyrgyzstan said they haven't been paid for five months. They staged a protest on August 25 to demand the mining company pay them the salary they are owed. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Ukraine Makes Show Of Force To Mark 25 Years Of Independence

Amid rising tensions with Russia, Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a massive military parade in Kyiv. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Serbian Olympians Return Home To Hero's Welcome

Thousands of cheering people jammed into the center of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, to welcome home the country's Olympians from the Rio Summer Games. (RFE/RL Balkan Service)
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Video Pakistani Opposition Supporters Storm TV Station; Police Raid Party's Office

Supporters of Pakistan's opposition Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, stormed a TV station in Karachi on August 22, leading to clashes with police that left one person dead. Authorities then raided the party's headquarters and arrested several of its top leaders. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Russian Soldier Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Armenian Family

A court in Gyumri, Armenia, sentenced Russian Army Private Valery Permyakov to life in prison for murdering seven members of an Armenian family. The massacre last year led to widespread protests against Russia's military presence in Armenia. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
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Video Ukrainian Soldiers Fight Separatists In Shyrokyne

Clashes between Ukrainian soldiers and Russia-backed separatists continued for another night in Shyrokyne, near the port city of Mariupol. The nighttime fighting has been nearly constant in the town for several weeks. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Ukrainian Right-Wing Groups March In Support Of Jailed Suspects

Activists held a torchlight procession in the city of Sumy on August 21 in defense of 15 suspects indicted for the deadly violence in front of the Ukrainian parliament one year ago. Members of the Right Sector and other factions called for the release of what they called "political prisoners."
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Video Pakistani Lawyers Condemn Suicide Attack

Lawyers demonstrated in Islamabad on August 22 to demand stronger government action against terrorism in the wake of an attack that killed 73 people, mainly lawyers, in Quetta two weeks earlier. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Fresh Fighting Rocks Ukraine's Shyrokyne

Ukraine's village of Shyrokyne has been the scene of fresh clashes between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists.
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Video Huge Mafia Funeral In Azerbaijan

Large crowds turned out in the Caspian Sea city of Lankaran to bid farewell to a man allegedly involved in racketeering, drugs, bribery, and lots more. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
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Video Modest Opposition Ceremony Marks '91 Moscow Putsch

Leaders of a Russian opposition party laid wreaths at the monument to three people killed in the 1991 Moscow putsch, amid official efforts to play down the anniversary. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
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Video New Fighting Flares In Southeastern Ukraine

Fresh clashes broke out overnight as Ukrainian troops battled Russia-backed separatists in Talakivka, near the city of Mariupol. The fighting was the latest in a recent flare-up of hostilities in the country's east. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Ukrainians Rally In Support Of Anticorruption Bureau

Protesters demonstrated in front of Ukraine's National Anticorruption Bureau on August 17 amid a growing conflict between that body and the Prosecutor's Office, which raided the bureau last week.
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Video Macedonians Continue Clean-Up After Devastating Floods

Residents of Skopje worked to clear roads and pump mud out of houses nearly two weeks after flash floods swept through the capital and nearby villages, killing 22 people. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video U.S. Vice President Biden In Belgrade At Start Of Balkan Tour

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived on August 16 in the Serbian capital, where he was set to meet with President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic. Biden is also scheduled to visit Kosovo, and is expected to press both countries to normalize relations. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Fighting Flares In Ukraine's Maryinka, As Both Sides Hold Ground

Ukrainian troops traded fire overnight with Russia-backed separatists in the eastern city of Maryinka, where both sides have been holding their positions for weeks. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)
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Video Kosovo Welcomes First Olympic Medalist On Return From Rio

Residents of Pristina cheered for judo champion Majlinda Kelmendi as she returned home from the Olympic Games on August 14. Kelmendi won the first gold medal for Kosovo since the country declared independence in 2008. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video New Serbian Government Sworn In, Including First Openly Gay Minister

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's new cabinet has been sworn in after protracted coalition talks. He called an early election in April and his party topped the vote, but negotiations on forming a coalition government lasted nearly four months. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Disabled LGBT Activist Stages Dragging Protest In Red Square

A disabled LGBT activist staged a dramatic protest in Moscow's Red Square. Dmitry Zhdanov was bound and gagged, then dragged by other demonstrators in front of St. Basil's Cathedral to "cleanse his sins." (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
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Video Russian Plaques Mark Final Homes Of Stalin's Victims

Russian activists added Yekaterinburg to the list of cities honoring the memory of political prisoners killed during the rule of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
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Video Roadside Bomb Explodes In Second Quetta Attack This Week

Pakistan's judiciary appears to have been targeted again in a second bomb attack this week in the southwestern city of Quetta. A roadside bomb was detonated on August 11 as Federal Sharia Court Judge Zahoor Shahwani was passing in a convoy.
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Video Family Holds Funeral For Pregnant Afghan Girl Burned To Death

The family of a pregnant Afghan girl who was burned to death last month has held a funeral for her in Kabul.

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Photogallery Looking Up: The Giant Art Transforming Kyiv

Since the deadly Euromaidan protests of 2014, murals have been appearing on the streets of the Ukrainian capital. Many are politically charged pieces from locals. Some are large-scale epics by international artists. But all reflect the youthful energy and national spirit that is unique to today's Kyiv.

Video Afghan Air Force Struggles To Keep Up

Taliban militants have been gaining ground in Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of most U.S.-led international coalition forces. Afghan government security forces have tried to fill in the gaps, but they are finding it very hard to match Western military capabilities.

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