Thursday, September 03, 2015

  • Did Poroshenko make Putin blink?

    A Soft Annexation In Donbas

    Russia appears to be laying the groundwork for a soft annexation in Donbas. And this is a sure sign that they've lost the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

  • A German police officer and a migrant boy share a lighter moment after the latter's arrival at the main train station in Munich. Germany is expected to receive hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers this year.

    Explainer: Who Gets Asylum In Germany?

    With as many as 800,000 migrants and refugees expected to arrive in Germany this year, here are five things to know about their chances of gaining asylum there.

  • For 16-year-old Umar, an ethnic Uzbek boy, following in his father's footsteps cost him his life.

    Why An IS Militant Got His Son Killed

    The Islamic State (IS) group is notorious for recruiting, training, and exploiting children on the battlefield, as are other militant groups in Syria. This would seem to include their own offspring.

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Funeral In Kyiv For Soldiers Killed During Protesti
September 03, 2015
Members of Ukraine's parliament and National Guard attended a funeral service on September 3 for two guardsmen killed by a grenade thrown during violent protests. A member of the nationalist Svoboda political alliance has been arrested for the grenade attack.

Video Funeral In Kyiv For Soldiers Killed During Protest

Members of Ukraine's parliament and National Guard attended a funeral service on September 3 for two guardsmen killed by a grenade thrown during violent protests. A member of the nationalist Svoboda political alliance has been arrested for the grenade attack.

Video Afghan Provincial Officials Back Public Lashing

An Afghan man and woman both endured 100 lashes in the western province of Ghor after being found guilty of adultery. It was the first time since the end of Taliban rule that such a sentence was supported by provincial authorities. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Moldovan Journalists Stand With Jailed Azerbaijani Reporter

Moldovan journalists protested in front of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Chisinau on September 2 to show solidarity with Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative reporter sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison in Baku on charges widely considered to be politically motivated.

Video Migrant Children Left Out As School Year Begins

Serbian officials report that thousands of children, some of them unaccompanied, are among the huge numbers of refugees and other migrants moving through the country.

Video Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova Sentenced To 7 1/2 Years

A Baku court has sentenced investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to 7 1/2 years in prison on charges including libel, tax evasion, and abuse of power. International rights watchdogs say that the case against Ismayilova is politically motivated.

Video Ukrainians Mourn Soldiers Killed In Grenade Attack

Residents of Kyiv laid flowers outside the parliament building in honor of National Guard members killed during a violent protest on August 31. Three servicemen died of wounds from a grenade that was thrown as protesters clashed with troops.

Video Suicide Bombing Kills Three In Northwest Pakistan

A suicide bomber set off explosives outside a government building in the Jamrud district of northwest Pakistan on September 1. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Video Grenade Explodes Outside Ukraine Parliament

At least one Ukrainian National Guard soldier was killed in clashes with demonstrators after a grenade explodes outside parliament in Kyiv.

Video Ismayilova Delivers Defiant Speech

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova says "I might be in prison, but the work will continue," in her final statement read to court ahead of trial verdict.

Video Kyrgyzstan Celebrates Independence Day

At Independence Day celebrations, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev said upcoming elections will be a major test for the country.

Video Migrants Protest Treatment In Hungary

Migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere protested against their treatment by Hungarian authorities holding them near the border with Serbia. (RFE/RL)

Video Pakistanis Burn Indian Flag After Border Shooting

Demonstrators in Peshawar held an angry protest on August 28 after Indian and Pakistani border guards traded fire in Kashmir, killing nine civilians.


Video Aid And Trade At A Migrant Camp

There are various responses to the wave of people traveling through the Balkans to the European Union. Some residents along the transit route are eager to volunteer their time or money to help. Others see it is a business opportunity.

Video Kyrgyz Mullahs Go Digital

The Kyrgyz government has launched a training course teaching Muslim clerics to use digital technology. The initiative is meant to help counter extremist groups -- which recruit through social media -- by helping moderate religious leaders make their voices heard online.

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Journalists in Trouble

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Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil (2014)

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Khadija Ismayilova, in transit to court for a preliminary hearing, 26 December 2014.
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In Blow to Independent Media, Azerbaijan Sentences Ismayilova to 7 1/2 Years

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