Friday, July 29, 2016


An image published by the Iran-based Al-Mustafa ِInternational University shows the opening of their semester in Prishtina, Kosovo's capital.

Cleric's Kosovo Arrest Puts Iran's Balkan Activities Under Spotlight

The Islamic republic's history of exporting its brand of Islam to the Balkans has come under scrutiny after an Iranian national in Kosovo was charged with financing terrorism. More

Supporters of the opposition hold a protest march in support of the gunmen in Yerevan on July 26.

Video Weary Armenians Show Surprising Support For Yerevan Gunmen

For nearly two weeks, security forces in Yerevan have been in a standoff with gunmen occupying a police building. Thousands of people in the Armenian capital have unexpectedly taken to the streets in a bid to force the government to resolve the situation peacefully. More

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin

Moscow Mayor Ridiculed After Floods

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is facing a new wave of criticism over extensive renovation works after heavy flooding that many Muscovites believe was exacerbated by bad planning. More

Pikachu won't be found in Moscow's knockoff of Pokemon Go!

Moscow Creating Its Version Of Pokemon

Moscow city authorities are developing a smartphone application that promises to be a lot like Pokemon Go, except that players will search for Russian historical figures like Aleksandr Pushkin and Yury Gagarin. More

Two rival religious processions -- one from the east, the other from the west -- plan to converge on Kyiv's Volodomyrska Hill (pictured) on the eve of celebrations the baptism of Kievan Rus in the 10th century.

Russian, Ukrainian Marchers To Meet In Kyiv

Two religious processions converging on Kyiv -- one from the east, another from the west -- have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital. More


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