Wednesday, July 29, 2015

  • Armenian policemen stand along the curbside in Yerevan's Republic Square earlier this week to keep activists from the Rise Armenia movement out of the city center where they planned to hold a sit-in protesting a hike in energy prices.

    Armenian Activists Vow To Keep Protesting

    Activists gathering in the central square of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, this week pledged to keep up the pressure on authorities to reverse their decision to raise electricity prices next month.

  • Putin signed the law enabling the authorities to brand NGOs as "foreign agents."

    Russia Names U.S. NGO 'Undesirable'

    Russian prosecutors have formally determined the activities of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to be “undesirable.”

  • A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fires toward Islamic State (IS) militants on the southern outskirts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh last week.

    What Can A Syria Safe Zone Accomplish?

    A reported Turkish-U.S. agreement to create an Islamic State-free zone in northern Syria offers both benefits and risks. Here are three to consider.


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Ukraine Commemorates 1,000-Year Legacy Of Christianityi
July 28, 2015
Orthodox Christians in Kyiv attended a church service marking 1,000 years since the death of Prince Volodymyr the Great, who brought Christianity to the Slavs of Kyivan Rus. President Petro Poroshenko and members of parliament were among the visitors to the cathedral on July 28.

Video Ukraine Commemorates 1,000-Year Legacy Of Christianity

Orthodox Christians in Kyiv attended a church service marking 1,000 years since the death of Prince Volodymyr the Great, who brought Christianity to the Slavs of Kyivan Rus. President Petro Poroshenko and members of parliament were among the visitors to the cathedral on July 28.

Video Afghans Cheer Cricket Team's Qualifier Victory

Cheering fans greeted members of Afghanistan's national cricket team as they returned to Kabul on July 28 after qualifying for the World Twenty20 tournament to be held next year. The Afghan team is a growing force in international competitions and has a devoted following at home.

Video Pakistan Gives Refugees Two-Day Warning Before Home Demolition

Residents of a mud shantytown in Islamabad have received orders to leave their homes before their neighborhood is destroyed. The inhabitants, mostly Afghan refugees and displaced Pakistanis, say authorities believe the district is a hotbed of militancy.

Video A 400-Year-Old Diving Tradition In Mostar

Fifty divers jumped from the Stari Most, or Old Bridge, in the Bosnian town of Mostar in a competition that dates back to the 16th century. The ancient bridge was destroyed in the Bosnian war of the 1990s, but since its reconstruction, it has again become a jumping-off point for fearless divers.

Video Journalists Barred From Trial Of Azerbaijani Rights Activists

As the trial of two human rights defenders, Leyla and Arif Yunus, began in Baku, most journalists and representatives of diplomatic missions were barred from entering the courtroom, where only pro-government reporters were admitted.

Video Continuing Floods Block Transit In Pakistan

Drivers in Pakistan's Balochistan Province were mired in the mud along swollen riverbeds as heavy rains showed no signs of subsiding. Dozens have died as the flooding has washed out bridges, farmland, and homes.

Video Russian Ultranationalist Leader Sentenced To Life In Prison

A Moscow court sentenced Ilya Goryachev to life in prison on July 24 for organizing several high-profile murders. Goryachev, the leader of the ultranationalist group Russian Image, had also been found guilty of establishing and organizing an extremist organization.

Video World War II Monument Defaced In Belgrade

Graffiti taggers sprayed swastikas and nationalist symbols on a monument in the Serbian capital dedicated to some 80,000 victims of the Nazi-backed regime during World War II. City employees quickly removed the graffiti on July 24.

Video Activists Barred From Baku Courtroom As Ismayilova's Trial Begins

Supporters of journalist Khadija Ismayilova chanted her name outside a courtroom in the Azerbaijani capital on the first day of her trial on charges including embezzlement and tax evasion. International rights groups have condemned Ismayilova's detention as retaliation for her reporting.

Video Hundreds Evacuated In Kazakh Mudslide

Kazakhstan's second city, Almaty, has been hit by a devastating mudslide following days of intense heat and flooding.

Video Northwest Pakistan Hit By Floods

A week of heavy rain has caused floods in parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province, with the capital Peshawar the latest area to be hit.

Video Precious Art Donated By Billionaire Ex-Premier Displayed In Tbilisi

A work by one of Georgia's most beloved artists, Niko Pirosmani, has returned to the National Gallery after more than a century. The painting was bought at auction for $1.5 million and donated by former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Video Bosnian Leaders Visit Serbia To Mend Strained Ties

The members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency arrived in Belgrade on July 22 at the invitation of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. The visit was seen as a goodwill gesture after angry crowds drove Vucic from a memorial ceremony in Bosnia earlier this month.


Video Bull-Running In Pakistan

In rural northwest Pakistan, the ancient Pashtun tradition of bull-running is still going strong. Blindfolded bulls have eight minutes to race around in a circle, powering a water pump as they go.

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