Sunday, April 19, 2015

  • WATCH: Sangahmad Mahmadaliev, a resident of Baljuvon district, in southern Tajikistan, was originally named Janda -- which means Raggedy Clothes. He was glad when his name changed, and ponders the impact it has had on his life. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

    Video Tajiks Weigh Ban On 'Bad Names'

    In the latest round of Tajikistan's effort to influence what its citizens name their children, authorities are set to ban names they deem insulting, demeaning, or foreign to local culture.

  • A video shared on social media showing Russian-speaking Islamic State militants apparently taking part in clashes in the countryside around the Syrian town of Kobani.

    Russian Fashion Student 'Turns IS Recruiter'

    The Federal Security Service in St. Petersburg has opened a criminal case against an 18-year-old former fashion student who allegedly tried to recruit Russians to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

  • Putin talks dogs, clones, pensions, and Ukraine -- for four hours.

    Audio Podcast: Putin's Rite Of Spring

    So what exactly was Vladimir Putin trying to tell everybody in his annual call-in program?

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RFE/RL Video Roundup - April 17i
April 17, 2015
Floods force thousands from their homes in Kazakhstan, Kurdish Peshmerga forces train for urban warfare in Iraq, and Bosnians cook up a four-ton pot of soup, plus more stories from Pakistan.

Video April 17

Floods force thousands from their homes in Kazakhstan, Kurdish Peshmerga forces train for urban warfare in Iraq, and Bosnians cook up a four-ton pot of soup, plus more stories from Pakistan.

Video April 16

The Constitutional Court considers a controversial law enabling corrupt civil servants to be fired in Ukraine, protesters call on the government to do more to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Video April 15

Serbian pensioners protest against austerity measures, Kyrgyzstan finds dangerous chemicals in Chinese toys, and a blind photographer exhibits her work in Belarus, plus stories from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Video April 14

Hundreds of balloons released for kidnapped Hazaras in Afghanistan, an exhibition marks the day Georgians defended their language from Soviet efforts to strip it of official status in Tbilisi, plus stories from Tajikistan and Pakistan. (RFE/RL)

Video April 13

U.S. rapper Kanye West takes the plunge at an impromptu concert in Armenia, Christians celebrate Orthodox Easter in the war-torn city of Homs in Syria, ethnic Baluch accuse security forces of extrajudicial killings in Pakistan, plus stories from Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Photogallery 'There Is Only The Earth': Images Of Armenian Diaspora

Armenian-American photojournalist Scout Tufankjian has traveled to more than 20 countries -- places as varied as Brazil, Ethiopia, India, and Russia -- to document the estimated 8-million-strong Armenian diaspora. She has just published her work in a new book "There Is Only The Earth."

Video Remembering The Chisinau Ghetto

In July 1941, thousands of Jews were forced to move into a ghetto in Chisinau, the capital of present-day Moldova. Today, the history of that era is not well known to the people who live there. This film by RFE/RL's Moldovan Service seeks to reveal the fates of some of those who survived the ghetto.

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