Tuesday, July 07, 2015


  • Iranian President Hassan Rohani

    Rohani's Double-Edged Sword

    A nuclear deal with the U.S. would boost Iranian President Hassan Rohani, but also turn up the pressure from hard-liners.

  • Nadia Savchenko at a Moscow court in March

    Russia Stiffens Charges Against Savchenko

    Investigators in Russia have increased the seriousness of charges against captive Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, accusing her of direct participation in the killing of two Russian reporters.

  • Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in a screen grab from a 2007 video

    Hekmatyar Announces Support For IS

    Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Afghan Islamist organization Hezb-e Islami, has called on his followers to support the militant group Islamic State in the fight against the Taliban.




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Taliban Militants Launch Two Attacks In Kabuli
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July 07, 2015
In two separate incidents on July 7, Taliban militants stormed a compound used by Afghanistan's intelligence agency, killing a security guard, and set off a suicide bomb near a convoy carrying NATO forces. No foreign troops were reported harmed in the latter attack.
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Video Taliban Militants Launch Two Attacks In Kabul

In two separate incidents on July 7, Taliban militants stormed a compound used by Afghanistan's intelligence agency, killing a security guard, and set off a suicide bomb near a convoy carrying NATO forces. No foreign troops were reported harmed in the latter attack.
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Video Flower Wreaths And Fire-Jumping At Ukrainian Midsummer Fest

Ukrainians celebrated Ivan Kupala Day outside of Kyiv on June 6, a midsummer festival with ancient pagan roots. The holiday rituals include laying wreaths on water to predict the future and jumping over a fire hand in hand with a loved one.
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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.

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