Saturday, October 25, 2014


WATCH: Protest In Kabul As Newspaper Editor Arrested For Blasphemy

Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case An Early Test For New Government

A blasphemy case involving a newspaper is posing an early test for Afghanistan’s new president, who will have to carefully balance international concerns with the wishes of powerful religious leaders in the country. More

Preelection billboards in Kyiv for candidate Andriy Biletskiy, a commander of the pro-Ukraine Azov Battalion

Ukraine’s Euromaidan Drives Up Price Of...Illegal Vote Buying

Some Ukrainians are still prepared to sell their votes -- even in the wake of the Euromaidan uprising against corruption and sleaze. But the price tag has spiked significantly amid a state crackdown on the practice. More

Dmytro Maruchok and his wife swung by the Kyiv central botanical gardens where they bought a ficus and palm tree at a knock down price.

Ukraine's Heating Crisis Triggers Fire Sale Of Rare Plants At Kyiv Botanical Garden

The central botanical garden in Ukraine's capital is selling off scores of exotic plants on the cheap after it closed various greenhouses amid looming central-heating woes and the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis. More

Brenda Shaffer. who promotes Azerbaijan in the U.S. media and to American officials, reacted angrily this week at an event on European energy when a student asked her about her failure to disclose her ties to Azerbaijan's state-owned energy giant SOCAR. (file photo)

Sparks Fly Over Scholar’s Azeri Ties

A scholar who consistently promotes Azerbaijan in the U.S. media and to American officials reacted angrily at a Columbia University event this week on European energy when a student asked her about her failure to disclose her ties to Azerbaijan's state-owned energy giant SOCAR. More

A staff member of a local community center, converted to a polling station, walks out of a voting booth in the Ukrainian village of Novotroits'ke, south of the pro-Russian rebels stronghold of Donetsk on October 23.

End Of The Orange-Blue Divide: Ukraine Vote May Produce New Political Landscape

As Ukrainians go to the polls on October 26, a new, pro-European consensus seems to be forming, as even ethnic-Russian Ukrainians look skeptically at Vladimir Putin's Russia. More


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Interview: Indian Peace Prize Laureate Looks To Join Forces With Malala

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The Slow, Dangerous Work Of Recovering Ukraine's War Dead

A single volunteer organization has taken on the challenge of retrieving the bodies of slain fighters from the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. We look at the grim work of the Black Tulip organization.
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Iran's Isfahan Outraged Over Acid Attacks

A spate of vicious acid attacks on women has sown fear in the Iranian city of Isfahan.
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Kremlin 'Cheerleaders' To Sing At London's Royal Albert Hall, Raising Hackles

Two Kremlin-friendly Russian singers will perform this week at London's top concert hall, despite calls on Britain to bar them from entering the country. Iosif Kobzon and Valeria have actively backed Russia's actions in Ukraine.
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Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

Activist Leyla Yunus has been transferred to Azerbaijan's most notorious detention center after already spending nearly three months behind bars on what supporters say are false charges.
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Desired Traits Of A Nameless Soldier Of The Hidden Imam

Are you virtuous, pious, and committed to learning the language of the enemy? You just might have what it takes to be an Iranian intelligence officer.
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After Detention And Torture, Donetsk Artist's Work Turns Grim

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