Tuesday, July 07, 2015


  • Georgian native and IS member Umar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili) in a photo from 2014

    IS Boosts Russian-Language Propaganda

    The militant group Islamic State (IS) has stepped up its Russian-language propaganda efforts, another sign that its Russian-speaking contingent is becoming more powerful.

  • U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower (right) meets with Iran's Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1954.

    Iran's Nuclear Program A Child Of Washington

    Nuclear talks between Washington and Tehran have witnessed more collision than fusion. What may have been forgotten, however, is that the United States played a key role in the creation of Iran's nuclear program.

  • Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri

    Georgia Moves To Reform Security Services

    The Georgian Dream coalition pledged in the run-up to the 2012 elections to split up the country’s powerful Interior Ministry, abolishing some departments and separating the security and intelligence bodies.




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Armenian Police Clear Protest Campi
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July 06, 2015
Armenian police have forcibly cleared the last demonstrators from Baghramian Avenue in central Yerevan, ending a two-week protest against rising electricity prices.
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Video Armenian Police Clear Protest Camp

Armenian police have forcibly cleared the last demonstrators from Baghramian Avenue in central Yerevan, ending a two-week protest against rising electricity prices.
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Video Deadly Attacks Hit Quetta

Three people were killed by gunmen the day after a deadly bombing, in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.
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Video Moldovans Call For Union With Romania

Around 5,000 people took to the streets of the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, to demand unification with neighboring Romania.
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Video Separatists Withdraw From Ukrainian Coastal Towns

Pro-Russian separatists have withdrawn from Sakhanka, Shyrokyne, and other nearby towns on the Sea of Azov. Visiting one town with OSCE observers, rebel leaders called on Ukrainian government forces to demilitarize the coastal region as well.
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Video Armenian Protesters Throw Down EU Flag In Yerevan

Participants in the ongoing protests against electricity price hikes in Yerevan scuffled with a politician waving an EU flag late on July 2. Protest leaders said that their movement is nonpolitical, and that they don't want to add fuel to Russian claims that they are politically aligned.
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Video Kazan Residents Protest Over 'Nazarbaev Street'

The mayor of Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, apologized to protesters angered by the renaming of a street in honor of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev. But the mayor stopped short of offering to reverse the decision.
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Video Armenian Police Withdraw Water Cannon From Protest Camp

Armenian police announced they had withdrawn water cannon from the protest camp in central Yerevan on July 2, where only a small number of protestors remain.
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Video Moldovans Dump Shoes In Protest At Central Bank

Protestors dumped old shoes outside the central bank as they called on its governor to resign after what they called "the theft of the century."
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Video Heatwave Boosts Ice Price In Pakistan

Ice dealers are making a tidy profit in Pakistan, where a heatwave, Ramadan fasting, and electricity outages have combined to cause a surge in demand.
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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 As Russia's Economy Suffers, Young Family Tightens Its Belt

For over a year, Russia has been feeling the economic impact of a falling ruble, collapsing world energy prices, and Western sanctions. For Russian citizens, the downturn translates into a soaring cost of living that requires major adjustments at work and at home.

Video Kadyrov Fumes As Sanctions Hit Horses

Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov has been left fuming by the impact of Western sanctions on one of his favorite hobbies – his stable of racehorses.

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Czech Republic--Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka speaking at the National Museum on RFE/RL's 20th anniversary in Prague. June 30, 2015.
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Radio Farda's Roya Karimi Majd and Kambiz Hosseini win trophies at the 2015 New York Festivals, June 22, 2015.
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Radio Farda Wins Gold, Silver At New York Festivals

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Armenia -- Protesters are hit by a jet of water released from a riot police vehicle during a rally against a recent decision to increase the tariff on electricity, in Yerevan, June 23, 2015.
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RFE/RL Journalists Beaten By Police While Covering Armenia Protests

Two RFE/RL Armenian Service Correspondents were beaten by police on... More