Thursday, August 25, 2016

Iranian Health Minister Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi has defended his country's ban on organ transplants for foreigners. (file photo)

Afghan Girl's Death Has Iranians Questioning Ban On Organ Transplants For Foreigners

The death of a 12-year-old Afghan girl in Iran has prompted that country's health minister to publicly defend a national ban on organ transplants for foreigners that some were initially blaming for the tragedy. More

Ukrainian power broker Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrives in Minsk to take part in Ukrainian peace talks in January 2015.

Audio Slide Show Behind The Scenes In Ukraine, Ties To Putin Help Power Broker Pull Strings 

A tycoon and power broker with close ties to Vladimir Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk has influenced policy for two tumultuous decades in Ukraine. As a peace deal he helped push through in a conflict with Russia-backed separatists threatens to unravel, the outsize role of a man critics call the "Prince of Darkness" is in the spotlight again. More

The forced admission of Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov to a psychiatric clinic has stunned has colleagues and supporters, who say the 59-year-old community leader is anything but mentally unbalanced. (file photo)

Punitive Medicine? Crimean Tatars Shaken By Leader's Confinement To Mental Asylum

Russia's confinement of a Tatar activist to a psychiatric clinic in Crimea is raising fears that Moscow is reviving a Soviet-era practice to intimidate opponents of the peninsula's annexation into silence. More

WATCH: Man Behind Putin Mask Protest Seeks Asylum in Ukraine

Video Interview: Putin-Mask Protester 'Safe' In Ukraine After Midnight Run From Russia

An in-depth interview with Roman Roslovtsev, the anti-Kremlin activist known for staging one-man protests while wearing a rubber Putin mask, who is now asking Ukraine to provide him sanctuary. More

Critics say proposed new legislation in Iran would mean an end to any form of independent journalism in the Islamic republic while playing into the hands of the country's security organs and hard-line conservative judiciary, who would like to see even tighter state control of the media. (file photo)

Iranian Journalists Alarmed As Media Legislation Resurfaces

Journalists in Iran are sounding the alarm over a government-drafted media regulation bill that is expected to be sent to the parliament for approval soon, after a two-year delay. More

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Guerrilla War In Tbilisi: Activists Battle City Hall To Preserve Georgian Capital's Shrinking Green Spaces

Rampant development in Tbilisi is pitting city hall against a feisty group of activists determined to preserve what's left of the city's green spaces.

Surge In Women's Suicides Alarms Kazakh Province

More women are taking their own lives in South Kazakhstan, but it's not clear why.

A Long Jump: Russia Claims Moral Victory From Rio Olympics

Despite its showing on the medals table, Russian media have taken a positive spin on its results in Rio.

Return Of Belarusian Kopeks Brings Currency Risk

The return of coin currency in Belarus has led to a spike in choking cases among young children.

Plucky Russian Newspaper Stands By Warning Against ‘Distorted’ TV News

Thousands of kilometers from the Kremlin’s watchful eye, a plucky newspaper in Siberia is practicing its own brand of independent journalism and running a unique antipropaganda campaign after being tarred earlier this year by state-controlled Russian media.

Suicide Sparks Renewed Efforts To Decriminalize Drug Use In Georgia

A suicide in Georgia has given new life to efforts to soften the country's harsh drug laws as the country heads toward parliamentary elections.

Have Assault Rifle (Replica), Will Travel: Kalashnikov Opens Shop At Moscow Airport

Forget duty-free vodka and "matryoshka" dolls: Travelers looking for a last-minute souvenir of Russia can now pick up an assault rifle -- well, a plastic replica -- before heading for flights out of Moscow's main airport.

Afghans Still Dispute Legacy Of Former 'Bandit King'

Independence Day fans discord over a controversial monarch who overthrew one of Afghanistan's heroes of independence.

Soviet-Era Dissidents Decry Moscow's Rejection Of A 1991 Putsch Commemoration

Moscow authorities have denied activists permission to publicly commemorate the historic August 1991 putsch attempt when Boris Yeltsin famously stood on a tank to face down hard-line Communists, leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

What Happened To The August 1991 Soviet Coup Plotters?

Eleven hard-liners in the Soviet government, military, Communist Party, and KGB were named in a Russian court as the organizers of the failed August 1991 coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
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