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Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova Sentenced To 7 1/2 Yearsi
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September 01, 2015
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Video Kyrgyzstan Celebrates Independence Day

At Independence Day celebrations, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev said upcoming elections will be a major test for the country.
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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)
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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.
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Video Stream Of Refugees Continues Through Serbia

Thousands of refugees and other migrants were continuing their long journeys through Serbia toward the Hungarian border, where authorities are racing to finish a fence to block further entries.
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Video Kazakhs Protest Latest Russian Rocket Launch

Kazakh environmentalists demonstrated in Astana on August 28 as Russia launched a Proton rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome, the site of a rocket crash and major fuel spill earlier this year.
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Video EU, Balkan Leaders Address Refugee Crisis

The leaders of six countries of the Western Balkans met with EU officials at a summit in Vienna on August 27. The influx of refugees into southern Europe was at the top of the agenda.
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Video Tajikistan Hosts Joint Military Exercises Targeting Drug Trade

Special forces from the six members countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization held military exercises in Tajikistan designed to improve efforts against drug trafficking, a major cause of instability in the region.
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Video Russian Soldiers Sentenced For Murder In Tajikistan

A Russian military court at a base in Tajikistan on August 26 sentenced two Russian servicemen to long prison terms for killing a Tajik taxi driver. One of the defendants confessed the killing followed a dispute over money.
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Video Pakistanis Protest Power Rate Hikes

There was outrage on the streets of Peshawar over a 20 fold hike in electricity rates.

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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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