Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine was a tragedy, but was it a war crime?

War Crime Question Hovers Over Malaysian Airliner Tragedy

Countries seeking to prosecute those responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week face a complex legal question: Is the tragedy a war crime? More

Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in the towns of Qaraqush and Bartala, both east of the city of Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh, pray at the St. George Church in the Kurdish autonomous region's capital, Irbil.

Mosul Expulsion Ends Centuries-Old Christian Community

When Mosul's Christians fled for their lives, their once vibrant and centuries-old community scattered to the winds. Who were Mosul's Christians? More

Iraqi Christians leave St. Joseph's Church after a mass in Irbil,  the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region, on July 20.

Christians Say Terror Drove Them From Mosul

Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul say a mounting campaign of terror by the Islamic State drove them to flee their city en masse. RFE/RL spoke with a refugee from Mosul about her experience. More

The offices of Russia's Memorial rights group in Moscow was vandalized with graffiti reading "foreign agent [heart] USA" in March 2013.

Leading Russian NGOs Muzzled By 'Foreign Agents' Label

The Russian government has listed 11 nongovernmental organizations as "foreign agents." The organizations say the 2013 law establishing that designation is designed to end the work of rights activists who are not controlled by the Kremlin. More

A dust storm engulfs Tehran on June 2. The storm killed five people, injured several dozen more, and knocked out power to around 50,000 homes in the Iranian capital.

Iranian Satellite Jamming Causes Storm Of Controversy

The Iranian government's signal jamming has been blamed for the failure to forecast a deadly storm last month in Tehran. More


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