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Dozens Injured In Police Clashes With Protesters In Yerevan

Riot police have clashed with hundreds of people near a police compound in Yerevan occupied by gunmen affiliated with an Armenian opposition group. The violence, which left three RFE/RL journalists injured, unfolded amid the sound of gunshots and explosions.


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Video Afghan Mullah Arrested After 'Marriage' To 6-Year-Old Girl

Following his purported marriage to a 6-year-old bride, an Afghan mullah has been arrested and charged by police. The convoluted case has once again brought the issue and legality of child marriages in Afghanistan to the fore. More

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has become invisible to everybody -- except, of course, those on its front lines. (file photo)

Audio Podcast: The Invisible War

You need to go back nearly a year to find a month as deadly as July has been in the Donbas. But the conflict in eastern Ukraine has become invisible to everybody -- except, of course, those on its front lines. On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we look at the escalation of hostilities. More

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Kyrgyz Women Warned Of Dangers Of Islamic Dressi
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"Where are we headed?" That's what a government-backed campaign asks Kyrgyz citizens, with side-by-side photos of women in traditional dress and with their faces covered by niqabs. President Almazbek Atambaev says the campaign intends to push back against the influence of foreign cultures. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

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Government Troops Clash With Russia-Backed Separatists In Eastern Ukrainei
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Ukrainian government forces exchanged gunfire with Russia-backed separatists in the village on Maryinka during the night of July 28. It was the latest breach of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.(RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Government Troops Clash With Russia-Backed Separatists In Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces exchanged gunfire with Russia-backed separatists in the village on Maryinka during the night of July 28. It was the latest breach of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.(RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Banned Russian Athletes Compete In Alternative Games

Russian track-and-field athletes banned from the summer Olympics in Rio have competed in their own alternative tournament near Moscow. They were barred from competition in Brazil due to failed drug tests and Russia's alleged government-sponsored doping program. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
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Video Official Events In Kyiv Mark 1,028 Years Since Adoption Of Christianity

President Poroshenko attends event organized by Kyiv Patriarchate, a day after controversial ceremonies backed by Moscow Patriarchate at the same site. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Armenians March In Support Of Armed Group

Thousands of Armenians again took to the streets in support of an armed group that has been holed up in a police station since July 17, calling for the resignation of President Serzh Sarkisian. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
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Video Controversial Orthodox March Arrives In Kyiv

Around 9,000 Orthodox Christians arrived in Kyiv amid tight security, after threats of violence from Ukrainian nationalists. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Low-Key Protests At Russia's Antiterror Law

There were small protests across Russia at new antiterror legislation which critics say amounts to a further crackdown on rights and freedoms by the Kremlin. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
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Video Gun Battle In Yerevan, Armed Standoff Ongoing

A gun battle broke out between Armenian security forces and an armed group holed up in a police station, but the 10-day armed standoff continued. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
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Video U.S. Joins Ukraine And NATO Members In Black Sea Drills

The 15th annual Sea Breeze naval exercises are underway on the Black Sea. Co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, the drills include personnel from 13 nations including Britain, Turkey, Romania and Georgia.
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Video Orthodox Procession Scuffles With Protesters Near Kyiv

Marchers affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church are taking part in a multi-day march to Kyiv that they say is a gesture in support of peace in Ukraine. On July 25, they were confronted by protesters who accuse the Kremlin of using the march to stir up unrest. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Armenian Activists March In Support Of Opposition Gunmen

Thousands of people marched in Yerevan in support of opposition gunmen who have occupied a district police station. The protesters marched late on July 25 from the Erebuni district, where the gunmen have been holed up for more than a week, to the center of the Armenian capital.
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Video Vigil For Three Kosovar Victims Of Munich Shootings

People gathered in Pristina to remember the two 14-year-old girls and a 21-year-old man killed by a gunman in Munich. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Funeral For Three Generations Of Kazakh Family Killed In Nice

A grandmother, a mother, and a two-year-old were laid to rest in Kazakhstan -- all victims of the truck attack in France. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
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Video Memorial For Slain Journalist Sheremet

Ukrainians bade farewell to a journalist killed by a car bombing on the streets of Kyiv, as police investigations continued. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Migrants Launch Hunger Strike In Serbia

Hundreds joined a protest in central Belgrade, calling on Hungary to open its border to people who wish to seek political asylum in the European Union. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Night Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists exchanged mortar and machine-gun fire for two hours, amid a sharp increase in fighting. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Azerbaijan Takes Over Private University Linked To Turkish Cleric

Azerbaijan's government has taken over a private university widely linked with controversial Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, and put it under the control of a school owned by the state oil company. Students at the Qafqaz University in Baku were left wondering what was happening to their institution.
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Video Armenian Police Clash With Demonstrators Supporting Violent Opposition Group

Several hundred Armenian protesters supporting a radical opposition group holding hostages at a police station have clashed with security forces in the capital, Yerevan.
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Video Journalist Pavel Sheremet Killed By Car Bomb In Kyiv

Award-winning Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed when the car he was driving was destroyed by a bomb in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Authorities described Sheremet's death on July 20 as a "skillfully" planned "murder."
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Video Hundreds Mourn Kazakh Police Officers Killed By Gunman

A public funeral was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, for two police officers who were killed in a shooting attack. A total of six people were killed in the July 18 attack, and several were wounded. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
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Video Separatists In Eastern Ukraine Stage Fake Riot Against Pretend Monitors

Residents in Ukraine's separatist-controlled eastern city of Luhansk staged a fake riot involving hundreds of locals. The exercise on July 19 was organized by a local pro-Russian activist group on the streets of the city.
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Video Some Hostages Released; Armenian Police Pounce On Opposition Supporters

Police dragged away supporters of an opposition group in Yerevan, as a deadly siege of a police station in the Armenian capital stretched into a second day.
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Video Drug Raids Launched In Pakistan's Khyber Tribal Region

Pakistani security forces made a number of arrests during raids searching for narcotics and illegal firearms in the Khyber tribal region. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Activists Target Belgrade Mayor In Waterfront Development Protest

Activists gave a rough reception to Belgrade's mayor and city council chairman who are overseeing a highly controversial waterfront property development project.

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Video A New Face For Chisinau?

Moldovan architecture students have proposed bold new designs for the capital, Chisinau, with the goal of giving the city a recognizable landmark. Whether they have any chance of being built is an open question. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Russian Tourists Start Making Turkish Vacation Plans

Moscow's relations with Ankara took a dramatic downturn last year when Turkish forces shot down a Russian plane near the Syrian border in November. Russia imposed sanctions and cut off charter flights. But officials have now announced that Turkish vacation packages will be allowed once again.

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July 30, 2016

RFE/RL Journalists Attacked in Armenia

Three RFE/RL Armenian Service journalists were attacked by a large group of plainclothes men late on July 29, while they were covering clashes between riot police and protesters in Yerevan.
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July 22, 2016

U.S. Congressmen Urge Turkmenistan To Release Nepeskuliev

Seven U.S. Congressmen have sent a letter to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, calling for the release of RFE/RL Turkmen Service contributor Saparmamed Nepeskuliev.
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June 10, 2016

RFE/RL Announces Thomas Kent as New President

Thomas Kent, a longtime Associated Press journalist, has been appointed the new President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), effective June 27.
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June 03, 2016

RFE/RL Russian Service Audio Archives -- Now Online

RFE/RL welcomed the publication this week of an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced over decades by its Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda.
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