Wednesday, July 01, 2015


  • A Kyrgyz woman said she was ready to serve as a suicide bomber for the Islamic State in Syria. (illustrative photo)

    'I Was Prepared To Blow Myself Up'

    A 25-year-old Kyrgyz woman stopped in Moscow as she planned to fly to Istanbul to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria has said she had been prepared to "blow herself up in a war zone."

  • Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says "no one has the right to threaten" us.

    Russia 'Reviewing' Baltics' Independence

    Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office says it is looking into the legality of a 1991 decision granting the three Baltic countries independence. "No one has the right to threaten" us, said Lithuania's president.

  • "Love can work miracles," says Dmitry Kiselyov. "Who is against that?"

    The Unlikely Evolution Of Dmitry Kiselyov

    Dmitry Kiselyov, Russia's controversial chief propagandist, has shocked viewers during a weekly news roundup by coming out in favor of same-sex civil unions. "After all," he said, "love can work miracles."




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Iraqi Turkomans Prepare To Fight Islamic State Militantsi
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July 01, 2015
Ethnic Turkomans in the Kirkuk region of Iraq have responded to a call to arms issued by a Shi’ite cleric to fight against Islamic State militants.
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Video Iraqi Turkomans Prepare To Fight Islamic State Militants

Ethnic Turkomans in the Kirkuk region of Iraq have responded to a call to arms issued by a Shi’ite cleric to fight against Islamic State militants.
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Video Armenian Protestors Vow To Continue As Crowds Dwindle

Protestors in Yerevan chose a new leadership and vowed to continue their blockade of a central boulevard until the Armenian government reverses an electricity price hike. The number of people at the protests has fallen significantly since its peak in late June.
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Video Suicide Bombing Strikes NATO Convoy In Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on June 30, killing at least one civilian and wounding many others. The attack came just hours before another suicide bombing that targeted a police headquarters in Helmand Province.
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Video Yerevan Protest Continues

Armenian protesters stayed for another night and day on central Yerevan's Baghramian Avenue in spite of a deal offered by the president to mitigate rising electricity prices. Some activists have left the site of the mass demonstrations, but others have vowed to remain until their demands are met.
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Video Kyrgyz Rally For Dismissed Judge

Supporters of a judge who was dismissed for criticizing lawmakers rallied on June 30 in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, accusing members of parliament of interfering in the judicial system.
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Video Pakistanis Seek Relief As Heat Wave Continues

A brutal heat wave in Pakistan is continuing to disrupt the holy month of Ramadan, when many people refrain from eating and drinking during the daytime. In Peshawar, locals were able to escape the heat, but in the worst-affected city, Karachi, the death toll continued to rise.
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Video Abdullah Says Islamic State Militants Active In Afghanistan

Afghanistan's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah told ministers on June 29 that Islamic State militants are a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces. He accused the country's previous administration of creating the instability that allowed the extremist group to gain power.
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Video Georgia Mulls New Site For Devastated Tbilisi Zoo

Officials in Georgia are considering moving Tbilisi zoo to a new location, after it was devastated by floods on June 13. Around half the zoo's animals died in the disaster.
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Video Bosnian Former Prisoners Of War Demand Official Recognition

Bosnian wartime camp inmates marked International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with a protest in Sarajevo on June 26. They said that the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina has still not given them official recognition two decades after the end of the conflict.
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Video Ukrainian Police, Guardsmen Hold Defense Exercises

Ukrainian police and a National Guard unit practiced defending territory from a potential attack in the city of Dobropillya, near rebel-held territory in Donbas. Members of the Azov Regiment, formerly a volunteer militia, took part in the drills.
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Video Moldovans Demand Probe Into 'Crime Of The Century'

Protesters gathered in Chisinau on June 25 to demand a full investigation into the disappearance of $1 billion from three banks late last year. The demonstrators say officials have done little to pursue the perpetrators.

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